Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Pioneer Days of A. H. Bratferg]
They could not afford to build a house of their own so lived in a log hut owned by Mr. Hanson. After a few years of prosperity, they built a house of their own in which Andrew Bratferg grew to manhood.
When Mr. Bratferg was but sixteen years of age he worked for his brother-in-law, Hans Epperdahl in Trempeleau County. Here he had to handle a three yoke team of oxen from early dawn until dark in breaking new land for a farm. Grass was so tall and plentiful that at night, the oxen were unhitched and left to pick their own feed. Before dawn Mr. Bratferg would have to be up and hunting for the oxen for the days work. Wading in damp wet grass above his knees or waist was not an unusual experience, and although his clothes may have been drenched by the damp grass the days labor went on without a change to dry clothing.
The first great sorrow came to this family in the year 1882, when the brave father, Hans, was called by death. The following year, on November 7, 1883, Andrew Bratferg decided to make a home for himself by wedding Amelia Sandman. His mother being alone on the farm, Mr. Bratferg and his young bride lived with her. During the three years of residence in this log house, two daughters, now Mrs. B. N. Lee and Mrs. L. A. Lee, were born.