Tag Archives: Peter Ekern

A Prominent Ekern Neighbor

Perhaps you remember the line from Clara’s Homestead I shared here, that in 1875, immigrant pioneer Peter Ekern gave our great-grandfather Bertinus Estenson a ride from Black River Falls to Pigeon Falls, his new home in America? Peter Ekern had been in BRF to replenish … Continue reading

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Our Story Within the Larger Story

Along the way of doing this blog there have been a few surprises. One of the recent ones is my discovery of two books – academic studies actually – that focus on Pigeon Township and Trempealeau County events and values … Continue reading

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An Early Pigeon Falls Timeline

Ron Johnstad’s book, Pigeon Falls … As I Remember It (see the Nov. 19 post), got me thinking again about this place of Borreson roots and sent me back to notes I’d taken a while back. What was early Pigeon … Continue reading

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Winona Camp

Maria Taasensen Thorsen emigrated from Biri, Norway, one year after the man she would later marry, Bertinus Estensen. She arrived in 1776 along with her brother Torger’s wife Regina, Torger and Regina’s six children, and a Miss Herried. (My mother … Continue reading

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Hitching a Ride

In May 1875 the Estensens arrived in Philadelphia from Stjordal, Norway: Bertinus Estensen, his parents Esten Steffensen and his wife Gurine (both 60 years old), and their stepson Bordinus. They proceeded on to Black River Falls (see my previous post) and finally to Pigeon … Continue reading

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