Grant Co. MN: Edward E. Quarne and Anne (Smallberg) are my great-grandparents. They had four children, Peter Julius (uncle Julius), Edwin Bernard (Bennie)(my grandfather), Caroline (Mrs. Eric Anderson), and Alice (Anderson). The story my mother tells is that Anne and Edward were on their way to Oregon but only got as far as Elbow Lake, MN. Anne got homesick and wanted to go see her parents one more time. When they arrived at the Smallberg homestead, near Blair, WI they found it up for auction and bought it on the courthouse steps, I believe in Whitehall, WI (Trempealeau Co). This is where my mom grew up, uncle Julius eventually bought the farm next door, and the girls married the Andersons and also lived nearby. I have tons of cousins and relatives in the Blair area and some of them have done much genealogy work. I'm just starting. If you have any more information I'd appreciate it. My mom doesn't know about Peter, Gertie, and their son Charles, but I imagine Peter was my great-grandfather's brother. I'm having no luck finding Quarne's anywhere! My mom thought they changed the name from Ellingson to Quarne at some point.