Category Archives: Maria Thorsen

An 1875 Emigrant Ship

How nice to be suprised by people reading this blog (even if I haven’t given it much attention lately). One of the recent readers was Carson Taylor who graduated from Galesville High School but now lives in the state of … Continue reading

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A 1908 Confirmation

Pigeon Creek Lutheran Church was the church home to Borresons and Estensons almost since the day they arrived in Fitch Coulee, I suppose. How many baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and funeral services for the families took place there I could only begin to … Continue reading

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Heirloom Baptism Gown

A few weeks ago – I must have been doing a search on a relative – I came across a fascinating article in the Winona (Minnesota) Daily News dated April 21, 1965. I’m including it here because I think it’ll draw … Continue reading

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Why They Came to Wisconsin

Did you ever wonder why our ancestors came to Wisconsin – or specifically Trempealeau County or Fitch Coulee? The answer is usually found in who came before they did. But first, let me back up a step. In the 1850s … Continue reading

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Traveling in 1878 Trempealeau County

What were the roads like at the time the Borresens and Estensens arrived in Trempealeau County? For Elias and Kari Borresen, that would be 1873 in Fitch Coulee near Pigeon Falls; for Bertinus Estensen, 1875, and for his future wife Maria Thorsen, 1876. In Merle … Continue reading

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Homesick for Norway

Some time ago I read Ole Rolvaag’s 1920s immigrant classic, Giants in the Earth, and noticed how homesick one of the main characters became in her new life in the Dakota territory. Beret longed for family and the old country … Continue reading

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An Heirloom Shawl

Searching old newspapers online for family references, I came upon this one: “Heirloom Shawl in Bridal Costume of Norma Stalheim” (La Crosse Tribune, Jan. 6, 1946). Norma, cousin to Emil and Gina’s children, was married to William White in January 1946 … Continue reading

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