Books [Pioneer Days of A. H. Bratferg]
The following year, 1890, a second sorrow entered the Bratferg home, when Mr. Bratferg's mother was called by death. We might say that 1890 was a doubly sorrowful year because they lost their only son, who was only sixteen months old.
Whenever cattle were to be sold from the farm, they had to be driven from Long Coulee to La Crosse, and many were the times when he would leave home early in the morning with cattle, returning home late at night, very tired, after having walked the entire distance both ways.
There was no settlement in Holmen - not even a bridge across the creek. Oxen had to ford the creek and there was a plank or two for people to walk on the first building toward the settling of Holmen was a blacksmith shop situated on the present site of A. O. Iostad and Co.
Two sons, Ansel and Orville were born in 1892 and