Buena Vista County, IA
IAGenWeb Project

Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 628-31.

Transcribed by Paul Nagy

Biography of  B. A. Peterson

B. A. Peterson, senior member of the firm of B. A. Peterson Company, general merchants of Albert City, Iowa, was born in Sweden on the 2d of January, 1876.  Thinking to find better business opportunities in the new world, he emigrated to the United States in May, 1900.  Subsequently he was employed as a clerk for one year by Lodine & Danielson, merchants of Albert City, and for three years was with Nanefeldt Brothers engaged in the same business in Hardin county, Iowa, thus thoroughly acquainting himself with the business methods and customs of this country.  On the 1st of October, 1907, in connection with his brother Carl, he established the mercantile firm of B. A. Peterson Company, of Albert City, in the conduct of which he has since met with a well merited and gratifying measure of prosperity.  A well selected stock of goods, reasonable prices and straight forward business methods are all factors in the success of the establishment and the proprietors are numbered among the representative and enterprising merchants of the county.  Their stock of groceries and dry goods is valued at seven thousand dollars.


In June, 1908, occurred the marriage of B. A. Peterson and Miss Wilhelmina Swenson.  Mr. Peterson is a republican in his political views, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Swedish Lutheran Church.


Carl Peterson, junior member of the firm of B. A. Peterson Company, is also a native of Sweden and when nineteen years of age crossed the Atlantic to the new world.  He performed the duties of clerk in a store at Alta, Iowa, until he entered upon his present business connection.  His views on politics and religion are the same as those of his brother, and both young men are numbered among the energetic, enterprising and progressive citizens of Buena Vista county.