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 Co., 1904.

     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.