Elaine Erickson’s family has farmed the land called Heritage Gardens since her great grandfather, Iver Munsen, moved to the area in the late 1800s. Iver Munsen was active in the community as well as being a successful farmer. He served as Town of Windsor Board Chairman and was instrumental in establishing the first high school in the Village of DeForest along with his contemporary Ole Holum. Iver Munsen also served in a Wisconsin regiment in the Civil War.

Elaine’s father, Millard Erickson, was also a successful farmer and land developer. Millard served on the Dane County Board and was Windsor Town Chairman for many years. Millard Erickson developed the land known as Oak Springs located on the south side of DeForest. Oak Springs is an upscale development with a spring fed lake called Oak Springs Fish Hatchery.

Elaine has fond memories of growing up on the farm and of her family that helped to shape the community.


Mr. Slindee, a carpenter from Deforest, signed his name while helping build this home in 1915. He was 20 years old.

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