Immigrants and explorers. Loggers, traders, millers, merchants, farmers with crops, and cattle. Pioneer spirits stopped, stayed and started working at the port of Winona; an island city cradled by the Mississippi River on one side, towering limestone bluffs on the other. Winona connected the Midwest to the world, centered in a vast and fertile land where labor was a way of life. Henry Behrens, born in Germany, came to America in 1867, ventured to this bustling river town, was married, had a son they called Henry J and played the role of carpenter and contractor.