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A representative of the second generation of his family in America, Chris Petersen is a son of Jens and Thomine (Christensen) Petersen, who came to this country from Denmark in 1890, locating temporarily in Brayton, Iowa. They owned a small farm in Denmark, and this they cultivated until they came to America, when the farm was sold. After living in Brayton, Iowa, for one winter, the parents rented a farm the next spring, and then purchased eighty acres in Oakfield township. The father was engaged in farming until his death on April 10, 1909.

Chris Petersen, who was born on December 4, 1872, in Denmark, is one of eight children born to his parents, Jens and Thomine (Christensen) Petersen. The others are as follow: Mary, Peter C., Stena, Sena, Thomas, Lena and Hannah. Hannah is the youngest of the family.

Educated in the common schools of his native land, Chris Petersen came to American with his parents in 1890. During the first two years of his residence in America he worked on various farms, and finally with his father. Before his fatherís death, Chris purchased the farm of eighty acres. He has made commendable progress in his lifeís vocation. The farm was purchased nine years before the death of Jens Petersen, or in 1900. Chris Petersen ordinarily feeds out about fifty head of hogs every year, and sometimes a few cattle. He has invested about two thousand dollars on his farm since purchasing it.

On November 29, 1901, Chris Petersen was married to Mary Petersen, and they have had six children, Albert, Henry, Harold, Esther, Emma and Clara, all of whom are living at home with their parents.

Mr. and Mrs. Petersen and family are members of the Danish Lutheran church, and Mr. Petersen is a prominent member of the Danish Brotherhood. He is also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. A Democrat in politics, he has served as school director in Oakfield township, and has filled this office with credit to himself and to the people of the township. A man who has been honorable and upright in all of the relations of life, he well deserves the confidence and esteem of his neighbors, which as a matter of fact he very generally enjoys. He is cordial, dependable and frugal in his daily living, a combination of traits which have made him a good man and a good citizen.

Transcribed by Gunter Schanzenbacher, Waynesboro, PA, April 3, 2013 from History of Audubon County, Iowa Its People, Industries and Institutions With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, by H. F. Andrews, editor, Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1915, pg. 689-690.

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