"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Hedeen, Peter prominent farmer in the town of Conover, Vilas County, was born in Sweden, Dec. 15, 1882, son of Peter J. and Ella (PERSON) HEDEEN. The parents were natives of Sweden where the father worked at his trade of shoemaker until 1893, at which time he brought his family to the United Staes and settled in Polk County, Nebraska. After one year at the latter place he removed to Kandiyogi County, Minnesota, where he operated rented farms until 1907, and he then came to Vilas County and purchased 160 acres of cutover land in Section 21, town of Conover. There was an old logging camp on this land, and this served as the family home until there was time to remodel and improve the building. After getting the development of the farm under way Mr. HEDEEN, Sr., took logging jobs for various people for several winters, thus obtaining money to support the family until the farm could be put on a productive basis and he and all the members of his family worked untiringly at the development of the property. From this courageous effort a fine farm has come into being, and a valuable contribution has been made to the agricultural development of Vilas County. In 1919 the property was divided into two eighties, each of the two sons Emil and Peter becoming the proprietor of one of these tracts. The parents have made their home with Emil since that time. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Peter HEDEEN, Sr.: John, Peter, Emil, and Gustave. Of these, two, John and Gustave, are now deceased, Gustave having given up his life in the service of his country; he was gassed while serving with the United States forces in France during the World War, and subsequently to his discharged from the army he passed way on Nov. 7, 1919. Peter HEDEEN, subject of this sketch, received his education in Minnesota and came from there to Vilas County with his parents in 1907. He assisted in the development and operation of the farm here, and in 1919 he purchased 80 acres of this property. He rented his farm for the next two years, but in March of 1921 he again took up his home here and he has since carried on general farming and dairying. He has 30 acres of the land under cultivation, and the place is equipped with a fine set of buildings, including a farn 32x50 feet in dimensions, a concrete silo 12x36 feet, and a six-rrom all-modern bungalow, built in 1922, with furnace heat, running water, and electric lights. Mr. HEDEEN is a man of fine ability, and has taken a useful part in the public affiars of his community. His first public office was that of treasurer of the town of Conover, to which position he was elected in 1911, and he subsequently served as chairman of the township for six years, being a member of the county board in connection with this office. In 1922 he was elected township assessor. He has served faithfully and ably in all these offices, and is highly thought of throughout the community. He and his family are members of the Swedish Lutheran Church. Mr. HEDEEN was married June 3, 1922, in Chicago, to Edith AKELUND, daughter of Albert and Elizabeth (JOHNSON) AKELUND. Mrs. HEDEEN'S parents were natives of Sweden and are now residing in Chicago.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 624-625; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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