Tag Archives: Robert M. LaFollette

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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The Year 1873

Certain years are pivotal in our country’s history, some in the story of our family. The year 1873 was one of them. Elias and Kari Borresen left Onalaska where they had lived since 1869, bought land from the West Wisconsin Railway company, and established … Continue reading

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