Category Archives: Holidays

Merry Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas, cousins and all who read these increasingly rare posts I make on this blog. Enjoy this coat-of-arms from Tynset, the municipality from which some of our ancestors came. I thought this particular coat-of-arms would make an appropriate Christmas … Continue reading

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Gina in 1959

Shirley recently sent me two photos from her wedding to Richard Cook which took place June 13, 1959. I am sharing them because they’re a couple of the last photos I have seen that include Grandmother Gina. This first photo is of Gina and daughter … Continue reading

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Borresons Visit Larkin Valley

This photo comes from a scrapbook of my mother’s, on a day when some of the Borresons visited my parents Garven and Cora in Larkin Valley near Blair. If I’ve figured this correctly, they rented the place for a few months beginning … Continue reading

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Lutefisk, Anyone?

So, what are you having for Christmas dinner? Did you ever have lutefisk, that lye-soaked cod with which Norwegian-Americans have a love/hate relationship? Or as my mother-in-law loved to say, “the piece of cod that surpasses all understanding”? I was thinking … Continue reading

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Wintertime Notes

From notes I had scribbled in a visit with Sid and Irene, I have a few winter activities to share with you, perhaps a hodge-podge but worth repeating. His brother Bennie it was, said Sid, who first took him deer hunting in the 1930s … Continue reading

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Pitching Horseshoes

A comment from Brian reminded me that pitching horseshoes was a Borreson family activity, especially at picnics and reunions. In my memory these events always included food, conversation, softball games, and horseshoe pitching – and this last I only watched unless we … Continue reading

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No Deer Hunting Back Then

In the Borreson family, there are stories aplenty of baseball and skiing, but to my knowledge, there are no stories of the Emil Borreson picking up his gun and joining a deer hunt. In recent years deer hunting is such a … Continue reading

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