Tag Archives: Trempealeau County Wisconsin

Drought Year 1934

What was the state of farming in Trempealeau County in the drought years of the thirties? I went to the Winona Republican-Herald to search out a few articles, especially for 1934.  Here’s some of what I found. Year 1929 and after In … 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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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 1890s Snapshot

In the early 1890s, Bertinus and Maria (Thorson) Estenson had been in America fifteen-plus years. Bertinus had emigrated in 1875, Maria the following year, and they had married in the fall of 1879. In 1892, here’s their family portrait with three of their … Continue reading

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Farm Views over 80 Years

After receiving several very nice photos from the Merrills, I thought it might be interesting to do a sequence of farm photos which reveal the changes on the Borreson “home place.” The first one comes from about the time of … Continue reading

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Farming 1870 to 1930

Farming changed quickly in the years after our Borreson ancestors came to Pigeon Falls in Trempealeau County. In the decade before they arrived, lumbering was still booming in the state. Black River Falls, where Bertinus Estensen arrived in 1875, was … Continue reading

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Our English Aunts

The purpose of this blog is Borreson family history, of course, but I must defer to the present moment to remember today one of our English aunts. We offer our condolences to Arnold, Elaine and Louise at the Thursday passing of their … Continue reading

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