PETERSON, SWEN P.
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Date: 11/1/2004 at 14:06:45
Biography reproduced from page 436 of the History of Kossuth and Humboldt Counties, Iowa published in 1884:
Swen P. Peterson was born Dec. 5, 1937, in Sweden. Coming to America in 1854, he landed in Boston, Mass., and went at once to Galesburg, Knox Co., Ill., where he remained four years. From here he went to California and worked in the mines six years, after which time he returned to Galesburg. After living there two years, he moved to Henry Co., Ill., and followed farming seventeen years, owning eighty acres of land, which he sold for $3,600, and then came to Kossuth Co., Iowa, where he bought 160 acres of good land on section 36, township 96, range 28, of James Roan, for which he paid $40 per acre. He cultivates grain of all kinds, and makes a specialty of thoroughbred Poland China hogs. Mr. Peterson was one of Illinois’ best farmers, and Iowa may well be proud of his coming in her midst. He owns forty or fifty acres of fine timber, lying on the East Fork of the Des Moines river, and he can get from $5 to $6 a cord for all the wood he chooses to bring into Algona, a distance of a mile and a half. He was married Aug. 26, 1866, to Emma Christina Runbeck, from in Sweden. The have five living children—Edah R., Ella A., Esther L., Edwin P. and Alfred L. He and his family are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Politically, he is a republican.
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