Tag Archives: Pigeon Falls

A Old Prediction Come True

One of my favorite sources for both genealogy and local history is the large, nearly-100-year-old volume, History of Trempealeau County Wisconsin, published in 1917 (although its not very helpful in researching Borresons and Estensons). As I was perusing the book … Continue reading

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At Home in Pigeon Falls

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit with some Estenson relatives at the home of Dorothy (Kjos) Every who told me, some time ago, that she remembered our grandmother Gina coming to La Crosse for visits with … Continue reading

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A Scene from the Past

This cool August morning I made a trip to Osseo to find old newspaper stories about ski jumping in the area. The woman at the Tri-County News office was helpful, and I made some progress in filling a gap in … Continue reading

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All Their Sorrows

Emil and Gina Borreson managed to raise all ten of their children from infancy to adulthood. Not one death. I’ve always thought that quite remarkable; I read of other Pigeon Falls families not so fortunate. For Emil’s parents, in fact, … Continue reading

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Pigeon Falls Plat 1901

A recent visit to the La Crosse Public Library paid off with a nice find: a plat of Pigeon Falls, Wisconsin, in the year 1901. It was a very basic little place, with one or two streets, depending how you … Continue reading

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WMH article: From Telemark to Tamarack

Five Borreson brothers, sons of Emil and Gina, were competitive ski jumpers in western Wisconsin, from Westby in the south to Cameron in the north, from St. Paul in the west to Racine in the east. And two more of … Continue reading

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After the Church Fire

Reading the obituaries in The La Crosse Tribune recently, I had noted the mention of a Peace Lutheran Church, Pigeon Falls. I’d never heard of a Peace Lutheran, so I wondered what story I was missing. After several unsuccessful searches, … Continue reading

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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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Baseball, Ski Jumping, Horseshoes

When I think of the Borreson brothers at play, I especially think of baseball, ski jumping, and pitching horseshoes. All those subjects have had attention in this blog, but I want to add a couple news clippings I found recently. First, … Continue reading

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Ski Jumping: One More Time

Will this be the last post on ski jumping? I’d like to say yes, but I can’t promise! A week ago, I was given a website enabling me to search old Winona, Minnesota, newspapers. What a treasure that was! Those … Continue reading

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