Obit: Peterson, Peter (1846 - 1919)

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----Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 05/10/1919

Peterson, Peter (2 MAY 1846 - 5 MAY 1919)

Peter Peterson, another of Clark County's earliest pioneers passed away at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 5, 1919, at his home in Hoard Township two miles west of Curtiss, Clark County, Wis. His health had been gradually failing for the past years, but not until a few weeks ago, after an attack of influenza, did complications set in which seemed to hasten the end.

Deceased was born in Fodevang, Reingebor, Gudbrasdsdalen, Norway, May 2, 1846. He immigrated to the U. S. when he was twenty years old, coming directly to La Crosse, Wis., and from there to Clark Co. in 1872, when he filed on his present homestead.

Two years later, he was married to Miss Caroline Olson Qval. To them were born twelve children, seven sons and five daughters, of whom eleven survive to mourn the loss of home and a gracious kind hearted father. In addition to these he leaves to mourn his loss, three sisters, Mrs. Marit Ladum of Meridean, Wis., Mrs. Matt Lee of Bucoda, Wash., and Mrs. Karen Johnson of Curtiss.

His first years here were associated principally in logging, then to the clearing away of the virgin forests for a permanent home, which he with his untiring energy and unabated interest, developed into one of the finest farms of Clark County.

Those of the family present at the funeral were, Casper from Minot, N.D., William of Pullman, Wash., Peter of Spring Valley, Minn., Mrs. J. T. Rice of St. Paul, Mrs. J. P. Harrang of Foster, Ore., Mrs. Asher Anderson of Hannaford, N.D., and Anna, Edwin and Lawrence of Curtiss. Unable to attend were Alfred of Seattle, Wash. and Anton, now in the U. S. Army of occupation in Germany.

Among those from away who were present were Mrs. Reishus, Mr. and Mrs. Larson, Miss Minnie Otness, Mrs. Brothen, Mr. Odlaug, Mrs. Reishus and Mrs. I. Odlaug, of Stanley, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Pederson and John Hanson of Abbotsford.

The funeral took place Thursday P.M. Funeral services were conducted in the Norwegian language at the home, while English was used exclusively at the church and grave. Miss Tolford sang the beautiful song, "Face to Face" and selections were rendered by the mixed quartette.

The remains were laid to rest in the Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery beside his beloved wife, who had preceded him to the "Great Beyond" in 1915. The honorary pallbearers were Ole Thompson, Arne Olson, Frederick Austinson, George Hanson, Clark Peterson and J. S. Jacobsen.

The large funeral procession and the many floral tributes tended to show the high esteem in which he was held, and the many friends he had won among both old and young. Blessed be his memory among us.



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