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Pioneer Days of A. H. Bratferg
A. H. Bratferg was born September 1, 1856 in Ringsager, Norway. With his father, Hans, and his mother, Angoth, a brother, Edward, and a sister, Lena, they sailed for America in the year of 1860. No quick sea voyages were in store for these travelers. Instead of the usual few days that it takes in our day, the Bratferg family spent seven weary weeks in a sailboat on the voyage from their Norway home to America, the land of golden opportunities.
Upon landing in New York they boarded a freight train and came to La Crosse, Wisconsin. This town was but a mere lumbering camp and had no depot. The family was dumped off the train, bag and baggage at a point near the present Mill Street crossing, where they awaited the arrival of John Kjos who was to meet them and conduct them to their future home. Mr. Kjos lived on the farm now owned by B. M. Lee, north of Holmen. The farm buildings at that time were situated on the banks of the Long Coulee creek about a half mile east of the location of the present buildings.
Here the Bratferg family resided for two years, when they purchased sixty acres of land from Swen Hanson who owned the present Adolph Holter farm.