Bio: Peterson, Peter E. (Grocery)



Surnames: Peterson, Traumel, Spencer, Knutsen, Voddan


----Source: Greenwood Gleaner (Greenwood, Wis.) 2 Feb 1900



Peter E. Peterson's Grocery

Greenwood, Clark Co., Wisconsin



The above ad appeared in the Greenwood Gleaner, February 2, 1900.

This business was owned by Peter E. Peterson who was born May, 1868 near Trondheim, Norway to Elias & Andrea (Traumel) Peterson who immigrated to the United States in 1872.  May 17, 1893, Peter married Elizabeth A. Spencer in La Crosse, Wisconsin (vol. 4, pg. 387).  She was born January 18, 1871 at Hixton, Jackson County, Wisconsin, a small village of about seventy-five settlers, and received a public education there.  Her parents were Daniel and Mary A. Spencer who were some of the earliest farmers in the area. 


Elizabeth A. Peterson was a member of the Christian Science Church and also belonged to the Eastern Star.  Their son, Everett Peterson moved to Pontiac, Michigan and Cepha married Ray Knutsen and lived in Greenwood.  Both Peter and Elizabeth are buried in the Greenwood City Cemetery.


Newspaper Clips


The first bridge was washed away in 1879 and for ten days P. E. Peterson, then a youth (11 years of age), ran a ferry. It was during this time that Pete's grandfather, Peter O. Voddan, who was seventy-eight years old, walked from Neillsville to Greenwood, and the old gentleman was quite amazed to find that his young grandson was the pilot of the ferry.  "Greenwood, The Hub of Clark County"




Census Records

1880 Federal Census--Albion, Jackson County, Wisconsin
Name Relation Marital Sex Color Age Birthplace Occupation Father Born Mother Born
Spencer, Daniel Head       39   Farmer    
Mary A. Wife       36   Keeping house    
Juliett Daughter       13   at school    
Clark Son       11        
Eliza. A. Daughter       8        
Marvin V. Son       6        
Mary E. Daughter       6/12-Jan        
Alma Daughter                



1900 Federal Census--Greenwood Clark County, Wisconsin
Home-Family Name Relation Marital/Yrs Children Sex Color Born-Age Birthplace Occupation Education Immigration Father Born Mother Born Ownership
120-130 Peterson, Peter E. Head 7 yrs   M White May 1868-32 Norway Grocery & Bicycle merchant Reads-Writes-Speaks English 1872-28yr-na Norway Norway Own-No Mortgage-Home
  Elizabeth A. Wife 7 yrs 2/2living F White Jan 1872-28 Wisconsin   Reads-Writes-Speaks English   New York New York  
  Myron E. Son Single   M White May 1897-3 Wisconsin       Norway Wisconsin  
  Cepha L. Daughter Single   F White Apr 1900-2/12 Wisconsin       Norway Wisconsin  
  Spencer, Major V. Bro-in-law Single   M White Feb 1875-25 Wisconsin Woodsman Reads-Writes-Speaks English   New York New York  
  Johnson, Amanda Niece Single   F White Apr 1882-18 Wisconsin Servant     Norway Norway  

Home #119-Albert & Mary Delaney; #121--Steven & Harriet Andrews with son, Frank H. & widowed daughter, Mary Robinson.


Related Links


Bio: Peterson, P. E. (1901)

Cemetery Records

Obituary of Elizabeth (Spencer) Peterson




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