BioA: Peterson, Mr./Mrs. P. O. (50th – 1946)
Contact: Duane Horn
Surnames: Peterson, McGillivray, Giere, Benson, Emerson, Mason, Stein
----Source: BANNER JOURNAL (Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wis.) Oct. 1946
Peterson, Mr./Mrs. P. O. (50th Anniv. – 27 Oct. 1946)
Mr. and Mrs. P.O. Peterson Golden wedding
Mr. and Mrs. P. O. Peterson, of this city, formerly of Irving, are popular people. Fifty years ago they were married at the Little Norway church at 10 a.m. Afterward the guest gathered at the Peterson farm home where 250 were present for dinner. Dancing was enjoyed all afternoon and evening on a pavilion built for the occasion. Some 400 guest were served supper during the evening. That was an undertaking out of the usual, the biggest wedding in the country. Congratulations for the crowd were extended by the late Senator J. J. McGillivray.
Sunday, October 27, 1946, at the same farm home, Mr. and Mrs. Peterson were guest of honor at their golden wedding celebration. Mrs. Peterson was as pretty as ever, dressed in a black dress with a touch of shell pink and wearing a beautiful gold chrysanthemum corsage tied with gold ribbon. Mr. Peterson, with a gold flower boutonniere on his dark suit was even a little taller than usual. They both enjoyed the congratulations of their many friends and the letters and telegrams they received. Nearly 200 registered at the event.
Married by Rev. N. A. Giere, their attendants were Andrew Gilbertson and Carrie Peterson. Anton L Gilbertson and Gina Gilbertson, Henry Peterson and Julia Benson. Of those attendants only Andrew Gilbertson and Henry Peterson survive. Both were present Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Peterson have four sons, two daughters and 22 grandchildren, all with them Sunday. Merlin J Peterson, Raymond, Norman, Price and Esther, Mrs. Archie Emerson, and Harriet, Mrs. George Mason.
The house was decorated with cut flowers Sunday and delicious refreshments were served to all. There were two beautiful three-tier wedding cakes, one made by Carl Stein and the other by the McDonald Bakery, of this city.
Mr. and Mrs. Peterson lived on the home farm until 1942 when they moved to this city and their son, Raymond and family now live on the farm where the gathering was held. They are highly respected citizens and have many friends who wish them continued residence among us and health with which to enjoy it.
*** Note from a grandson: On Peter & Caroline"s wedding day - October 28, 1896, Big Pete weighed 216 lbs. and Caroline weighed 108 lbs. Grandma Caroline always mentioned that whenever she looked at their wedding picture.
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