Peter Danielson


Men of Progress. Wisconsin. (pages 149-184) A selected list of biographical sketches and portraits of the leaders in business, professional and official life. Together with short notes on the history and character of Wisconsin.

DANIELSON, Peter, a resident of Medford, and the editor and proprietor of the Taylor County Star and News, was born November 20th, 1863, near Waupaca. His father, Christian, and his mother, Albertine Munson Danielson, were natives of Norway, where they were married and whence they came to Wisconsin in 1863, settling in Waupaca county, on a farm. There they remained until 1873, when they removed to Medford, Mr. Danielson engaging in a general mercantile business, in which he was highly prosperous until the death of his wife, which occurred in April, 1877. After that he retired to his farm near Medford, where he died in October, 1896. Mr. and Mrs. Danielson were honest, rugged, industrious people, of whom America has received many from the rugged northland.

Peter Danielson's early instruction embraced three terms in the first schools established in Medford, which at that time were in a very crude state of development. However, by close application to the branches that were taught, he managed to secure a fair common school education, supplemented by extra studies at other times. In 1879 he commenced learning the trade of printer in the office of the Taylor County Star and News, under E. T. Wheelock, now editor and proprietor of the Wausau Daily Record. After the close of the political campaign of 1884, he went to Glidden, Ashland county, and conducted The Glidden Pioneer for a period of four years. At the end of that time he returned to Medford and re-entered the employ of Mr. Wheelock, with whom he remained until January 1st, 1895, when, through purchase, he became the editor and proprietor of The Taylor County Star and News, which he has successfully and profitably conducted to the present time.

Mr. Danielson is a Republican in politics, is chairman of the Republican county committee and conducted the campaign of 1896 in Taylor county, which resulted in doubling the Republican majority in that county. His labors, however, were for the good of the cause which he favors, for he has never held a political office and was never a candidate for one.

April 24th, 1894, Mr. Danielson was married to Miss Nettie J. Hobbs, and they have two children, a daughter, Ina E., and a son, Edgar Delos.


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