Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
PETER PETERSON resides about
three miles west from Bridgeport on an estate of more than one-half section,
where he gives his attention to general farming and stock raising, mostly
to the latter. He was born in Skudesnes, Norway, on June 4, 1859,
being the son of Peter and Johanna (Madison) Olson, natives of Norway.
The father was a sea faring man and merchant. Our subject gained
his education in the high school, after which he received a certificate
for teaching. Then he entered his father's store as clerk until 1881,
when he emigrated to the United States. He landed in Boston and made
his way to an uncle's home in Dickinson county, Iowa, where he engaged
in farming until 1888, then he removed to Idaho and was there a short time
occupied in laboring on an alfalfa farm. Thence he journeyed to Douglas
county and took a pre-emption to which he later added a homestead and which
is now his home place. He devotes his land almost entirely to raising
hay for his stock and has a large band of horses and cattle. Mr.
Peterson has one brother, Ole N., living near Bridgeport, and three sisters
living in Norway.
On December 25, 1885, in Douglas county, Iowa,
Mr. Peterson married Miss Serena Peterson, a native of Norway. Mrs.
Peterson has three brothers and one sister, Oman, Peter, Knud, and Annie.
To this union, three children have been born, Caroline J., in Dickinson
county, Iowa, and now teaching in the public schools; Olga M., in Waterville,
on September 26, 1891; and Mamie at the home place, on January 29, 1894.
Mr. Peterson is a member of the M. W. A. and
also an adherent of the Lutheran church. He and his wife conducted
the Bridgeport hotel for two years and also operated a Star Route for one
year. He is a prosperous and substantial citizen.