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Sunday, February 23, 2014

52 Ancestor Challenge #6 Adolph Peterson From Sweden to America

     Adolph Peterson was my father's father's father. He was born on 28 Jun 1857 in Notebaak, Kronoberg, Sweden. I found his birth record at the Family History Center in Los Angeles in 1979, framed a copy and gave it to my grandfather for Christmas! He was the son on Johannes Peterson and Anna Magnusdotter. He was born in Angarna and belonged to the general plantation called Elmeshult. His father owned his farm which was unusual but they had some rough times due to the bad harvests in Sweden. He lived with his mother's parents for a bit. He remembered his grandmother giving him potatoes to take to his mother and Adolph thought it was too much to give. He also told a story of being out with his grandfather when he was felling wood and he almost chopped down a tree on top of Adolph!He went to Kindergarten in Bygett and grade school in Glosang.

     In 1869 his parents decided to come to America. Adolph told his children of the crossing.  They were in a big storm that broke the mail mast.  Fortunately the sailors were able to repair it and they made it to shore! It appears to me that his father had come over first and then his mother, his little brother and Adolph joined him.  They settled in Dassel in Meeker County, Minnesota.  In 1871 Census his father is living next to Nils Almquist in Swan Lake (Dassel). By the 1875 Census the whole family is there. Adolph married the daughter of Nils Almquist.

     Adolph married Hulda Josepfina Almquist on 22 Jan 1885 in Cokato, Wright, Minnesota. She had come over to join her father in 1881. They had five children, two girls and three boys. They lived in Dassel until sometime after 1900 when they moved to Tiffany in Dunn County, Wisconsin.  They are in the 1905 Wisconsin State Census there. By 1910 they were living in Boyceville, Dunn, Wisconsin.  Adolph became the Postmaster for the town, appointed 31 Jul 1907.  Hulda died there in 1928. By 1930 Adolph was living in Minneapolis with a boarder and two grandsons.  He died there on 31 Dec 1939.

     I think he was a happy man.  He had a good marriage, was proud of his children and they loved him.

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