Brenholdt Julia Maria[1, 1]

Female 1871 - 1968

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  • Birth  7 Jan 1871  Cushing, Polk, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Female 
    _UID  E8D504E0EC4B485AB67D72AD81C6007083C4 
    Died  11 Jun 1968  Luck, Polk, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried  Cushing, Polk, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I2296  Harnois
    Last Modified  1 Feb 2012 

    Father  Brenholdt Niels Pedersen,   b. 21 Mar 1838, Fløng, , Roskilde, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1907, Cushing, Polk, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Jensdatter Karen Marie,   b. 4 Nov 1839, Ugerløse, , Vestsjællands Amt, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1914, Cushing, Polk, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1870 
    Family ID  F919  Group Sheet

    Family  Hoffmier Lawrence A,   b. Aug 1863, , , New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1934, Superior, Douglas, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  21 Jul 1901  Osceola, Polk, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Hoffmier Florence,   b. 20 Sep 1906,   d. Mar 1984, Wisconsin Dells, Columbia, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  1 Feb 2012 
    Family ID  F226  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • The following is from a letter written by Marie Hoffmier to herdaughter.

      " My folks came here about May 1, 1870. In Madison, Wi. They boughtcows and provisions and traveled up into Polk county where they hadbought wild land to settle on. There were five families that traveledin covered wagons. It took 3 weeks to make the trip from Madison toSt. Croix Falls. Their land was at Cushing, Wi. The last two milesthere was no road, only as they cut one.
      Arriving, father Niels P Brenholdt, put up a shed of boards with nofloor and no windows and only a door frame, no door. At night theypiled their trunks in the doorway to keep out wild animals. Motherthought she never could live there in such a place, having come fromthe beautiful country of Sheland, Denmark. So Father pried off one ofthe roof boards so the sun could come in.
      During the summer, father put up a two room log house with a pantry,closet and cellar. There were 4 windows, a door and a small attic.
      I was born the next January 7, 1871. My brother Jens P. Brenholdt wasborn June 26, 1872 and sister Sophie was born May 6, 1875. There wasanother little sister born who only stayed with us 3 days. There wereno doctors near so mother depended on an old lady that lived near.
      They had no furniture, only homemade things. St. Croix Falls was theTrading Post for years, and as long as their money lasted they hadenough to eat. But that was gone before father could get enough landcleared to farm on. Some hunted and trapped, but father did not doany of that.
      The winters were very cold with much snow. Then it would melt alittle and form a hard crust, strong enough for us to run on top ofthe snow, over the fences with our sleigh which was in reality an oldchair.
      The Indians used to gather Ginsing weed in the wood around ourschoolhouse. They minded their own business and we did ours. But,one spring when I was about 10 years old, they had a pow-wow about 16miles north of Cushing and someone gave out the story that the Indianswere coming to scalp us all. Everybody left their homes, let thecattle in on the fields and left. One woman got so excited, she putthe cat upstairs with two loaves of bread and a pail of water. It allturned out to be a false report. However, many had gone to St. CroixFalls and there were about 200 people that stopped in Cushing. Iremember them sleeping in our house on the floor packed like sardines. After that there were no more disturbances.
      We had, I think 4 cows and some chickens, but eggs were only 8 cents adozen and sometimes there was no sale for them at all. Calico, whichwas what mother made our dresses from, was only 6 cents a yard.
      Most of the farmers had oxen to do the work and for transportation andto pull the lumber wagons. At that time, the world seemed very largeto us, for we did not get far from home.
      Religious services were held in the different homes. When I was about13 years old, there was a small Lutheran Church built on father'sfarm. I, being the oldest child, was the Sunday School teacher.
      When I was 16, I went to St. Paul to work at housework for $8 permonth. Soon I was back in Cushing and started a dressmaking andmillinery shop there. I met Dr. Hoffmier soon after that and we weremarried and moved to Centuria and then to Frederic when that place wasnew. Stumps were still in the middle of Main Street. A Mr. Harmonran a sawmill and logging camp there. Dr. Hoffmier took care of themen that got hurt. It was an untamed wilderness. The blackberrieswere large and sweet and plentiful around there at that time. Oneday, I was picking away, talking to my friends, whom I heard pickingjust at the other side of the bush, but when I realized they didn'tanswer, I stepped back to see why I did not get an answer and thereinstead of people, I met a black bear. He evidently was a friend ofmine, too, for he had enjoyed my company and walked off quietly.
      A few years later we sold out to Dr. Arvidson and moved to Superiorwhere we stayed for over 40 years.

      Marie Brenholdt Hoffmier died in 1968 at the age of 97 years in thePioneer Home at Luck, just 10 miles from where she was born. She isburied in the Cushing Cemetery.

      In 1885 the Lutheran Church in Cushing held their first confirmation.Marie was among the 4 confirmed.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] OneWorldTree, Ancestry.com, (Name: Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA;;), Database online. (Reliability: 3).
      Record for Nels Pedersen Brenholt


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