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.

     SIMON PETERSON.  For over twenty years the subject of this article has been one of the arduous laborers for the development and upbuilding of Lincoln county.  He has wrought here in no uncertain way and has accomplished excellent results.  Someone has said that the strength of the nation is measured by the strength and substantiality of its homes.  According to this true standard no one can give too strong an endorsement of those who have built up beautiful and substantial homes in this frontier country.  Mr. Peterson resides about eight miles north from Wilbur where he has a fine estate, comfortable and valuable residence, outbuildings, fences, and other improvements, which make his place an ideal farm.  He came here in 1882, took a homestead from the raw prairie, to which, later, he added a preemption and then bought railroad land.  Since that time, Mr. Peterson has continued uninterruptedly in his labors here and has a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, being a highly esteemed citizen.
     Simon Peterson was born in Denmark, on August 2, 1850, being the son of John and Katherine (Steen) Peterson, natives of Denmark.  During his youthful days, he gained an educational training in the public schools and then turned his attention to learning the art of blacksmithing.  Becoming proficient in this trade he determined in 1869, to come to the United States.  He readily found employment as a skilled blacksmith in Minnesota; later he was in Wisconsin and then in Colorado continued beating the anvil to the tune of honest industry until 1882, when he came to Wilbur as stated above.
     In 1886, Mr. Peterson married Miss Annie Berthelsen, a native of Denmark.  Mr. and Mrs. Peterson came to this country without any money and now have a very comfortable competence.  To them have been born five children, John B., Christ J., Kate, Marguerette, and Albert.