Tag Archives: Trempealeau County

1918 Spanish Flu in Trempealeau county

Here in the midst of our world’s dealing with the coronavirus, COVID-19, I began wondering about that pandemic 100 years ago, the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918. I specifically was thinking about Trempealeau County and how our ancestors may have … Continue reading

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The CCC in Trempealeau County

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal work program, was established by the federal government by May 1933, just over a month after Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s inauguration as president. Men between the ages of 18 and 25 were employed … Continue reading

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Old Photo of REA in Trempealeau County – and a Question

Recently I came across a nice surprise: a photo from Trempealeau County in a special insert on The Great Depression in the Herald-Tribune newspaper, Venice, Florida. I inserted a copy of it below. As I recall, Emil Borreson and family … Continue reading

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Look Out Below – a Ski Jumping History

My book on the ski jumping history of Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, is off the press and in my hands! Here’s a snapshot of the cover, designed by my son Erik  in the style of a 1930s ski jumping poster. If … Continue reading

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Coming Soon – A Ski Jumping Book

Little did I know where my genealogical searches of the last few years would lead, and certainly not to the book I will have published later this month. A few years ago I began researching my family history, including following … Continue reading

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1938 and Electric Power

The year 1938 held an important technological advance for rural America, especially rural Wisconsin. In her Homestead family history, aunt Clara Cook describes it this way: “In 1938, the Wisconsin Power Cooperative had an easement on land to the area to … Continue reading

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