"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.


Peterson, Peter A. an early settler in the town of Pine River, Lincoln County, where he is still residing, widely known as a hardy pioneer of the county and one of its useful and reliable citizens, was born in Sweden, Oct. 31, 1859, son of Peter and Anna NELSON, the father being a farmer by occupation. The parents spent their lives in their native land and have passed away. they had in all six children, of whom five are now living, Peter A., Ed, Eliza, Hugo and John. Eliza, who still resides in Sweden, is the wife of Andrew HENDRICKSON. Hugo and John are both in Sweden. Peter A. PETERSON after attending school, learned the trade of carpenter and carbinet-maker, which he followed in his native land for three years. It was in 1881 that he came to the United States, locating first in New Jersey. In 1883 he came west to Lincoln County, Wisconsin, locating at Jenny (now Merrill). He spent one winter in logging on Pine River, and has logged every winter since, for 15 years taking logging contracts. In the early years he worked in mills during the summer. In 1884 Mr. PETERSON bought 80 acres of wild land in the town of Pine River, to which he later added 40 acres, the tract as a whole lying in Sections 10-11. It was thickly covered with hemlock and hardwood, which he cut, selling the logs and stumping and brushing the land as the first steps toward developing a farm. His first building was a log shanty, 16x20 feet, in which he lived for five years, and he also built a log barn. At the end of the five years he erected a nice frame house, with a barn 34x72 feet, he doing most of the carpenter work himself. He also built a silo, machine shed, garage and other necessary structures, and as a general farmer and dairyman has made good progress. He has at the present time 22 head of Holstein grade cattle, with a pure-bred sire, and four horses. He has several times taken part in local government affairs, serving one year as supervisor and three years as a member of the schoolboard. Mr. PETERSON was first married at Merrill, in 1889, to Aleda BERGMAN, who parents were natives of Sweden and early settlers in Lincoln County, Wisconsin, but both of whom are now deceased. Mrs. Aleda PETERSON died in 1899 and in 1900 Mr. PETERSON married Anna LEMBKE, daughter of Karl and Caroline LEMBKE, the parents being natives of Germany who settled in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1887, and of whom Mr. LEMBKE is still living, Mrs. LEMBKE being deceased. Mr. and Mrs. PETERSON have been the parents of nine children, one of whom died in infancy and another, Frank, is also deceased. The survivors are: Reinhardt, Anna, Frederick, Ellen, Hilda, Harriett, and Eldora. Anna is now the wife of Leo MYSZKE of Pine River. By her first marrage, to William SODERMAN, Mrs. PETERSON had four children, two of whom are living, Helmwood and William. In 1917 Helmwood SODERMAN enlisted in the United States military service and went to France, where he later served in the army of occupation. He returned home and was discharged in 1920.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 691-692; 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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