Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Pioneer Days of A. H. Bratferg]
In consulting Mr. Bratferg about the value he has been to his community, I could not gain much satisfaction, but through other sources, I have learned that he has been very influential in many capacities. He served the town of Holland as chairman from 1899 to 1904. During this time he assisted the county board in assessing the valuation of various farms throughout La Crosse County. He also assisted a great deal in the upbuilding of the Long Coulee cemetery.
In July, 1916, Mr. Bratferg's only brother, Edwin, who was a retired school teacher, passed away. This same fall Mr. Bratferg's oldest son, Ansel was married and with his brother Orville, rented the farm. Mr. and Mrs. Bratferg then moved to La Crosse, where they spent the winter. Often having spent so many years in Long Coulee, La Crosse did not seem like home to the couple, so in the following March they purchased a lot from their son-in-law, L. T. Lee, and erected their present home.
In 1919, their youngest son Orville was married and bought the farm from his father which Mr. Bratferg had purchased from Mrs. Bratferg's brother, Rofert Landman, in 1906.