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Arthur Rasmus "Art" Petersen
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Birth: Nov. 8, 1889
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Mar. 2, 1952
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Arthur Rasmus Petersen, son of Christian Petersen and Kirsten Marie Hansen Petersen, was born November 8, 1889 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the youngest of their surviving children. Art's father passed away on September 16, 1895, and according to information contained in the 1900 census (enumerated June 6), he (at the age of 10 years) resided as a "boarder" along with is widowed mother, older brother, Christian (age 24 years), and 14-year-old sister, Lilly, in the home of his eldest sister, Ann (Petersen) Johnson (Mrs. Charles Johnson) and their son, Frank, in the 27th Ward of Chicago, IL. The Johnson's rented home was located at 1939 McLean Avenue.

The 1910 census (enumerated April 21) records Arthur (mis-named "Otto") at age 20, as being employed as a "shipping clerk" and living with his widowed mother, Kirsten (age 61), sister, Lilly (age 24, employed as a "button sewer - Vest shop," and his 19-year old nephew, Frank Johnson (employed as a "wagon painter"), son of his sister, Ann. Art was employed as a "wholesale house shipping clerk." The address of their residence was 1916 N. Hayne in Chicago's 28th Ward.

Arthur Petersen (24) married Rose Kosmala (20) (she later took the maiden name Kasemeier for unknown reasons) in Chicago, Cook, Illinois on 25 Jul 1913. At the time of their oldest son's birth on September 26, 1914, Art was 24, employed as a "Drapery Salesman," and Rose was 22; they were living at 1908 N. California Avenue, Chicago, Cook, Illinois. The young Arthur Edward Petersen quickly assumed the nickname "Buddy" to differentiate the two Arthurs.

With the entrance of the United States into World War I, Arthur, at the age of 27, registered for the draft, and at that time, he had continued his employment in the drapery industry, working as a "Drapery Hanger" for the Elite Drapery Company, located at 1134 S. Wabash, in Chicago. He claimed an exemption from the draft based on "support of family," his wife and child being "solely dependent" upon him for support. He listed his residential address as 2611 Armitage in Chicago. The date of his registration was June 5, 1917. Three years later, at the time of the 1920 census, Arthur, Rose, "Buddy," and the couple's second and last child, Roy Melvin (age 1 year and 4 months) continued to live in Chicago. Their residential address was 1871 N. Washtenaw, and Arthur continued to be employed as a drapery hanger and interior decorator.

Arthur Rasmus had maintained close ties with his sister, Lillie/Lilly (Petersen) Wooten and her family and the family of his brother, Hans. They enjoyed musical times together, Arthur and Rose joining the group in song, and Art playing the guitar. Despite being a "city guy," he enjoyed things of nature, spending time with his sister and family in the farm community of Tower Hill, IL.

At the time the 1940 census was enumerated (April 18), Arthur and Rose's son, Arthur "Buddy" had married (June 5, 1937) Evelyn Ruesch of Niles Center, IL and no longer resided with the family. Roy Melvin (now 22 years old and employed as a "Bookkeeper" [for a "Tinware," "Utensils" Company?]) continued to reside with his parents in their rented apartment at 1628 N. Lotus Avenue, situated in Chicago's 36th Ward. Just shy of four months later, Roy would marry (August 3, 1940) Astrid Worgren of Chicago).

In March of 1949, "Buddy's" mother-in-law, Martha Ruesch, passed away in Skokie, IL. Arthur Edward and his wife, Evelyn (Ruesch) became part owners and, with their children Grant Arthur and Dianne (Diann) Lynn, residents of her former home at 7860 Niles Center Road. Arthur Rasmus and Rose also moved into that residence occupying the second floor apartment.

Arthur Rasmus passed away there at age 62 on March 2, 1952. He had been under a doctor's care since January of that year related to coronary heart disease. He was eating soup for lunch with his wife when he died suddenly of a heart attack -- "Coronary Thrombosis."

A lifelong Mason, Arthur Rasmus was survived by Rose, his sons Arthur Edward (wife Evelyn), Roy M. (wife Astrid) and their respective children: Grant Arthur and Diann Lynn and Roy David, Daniel Carl, and Deborah Louise. His sister Lilly/Lillie also survived him, Lillie passing in 1963. Burial was on March 5, 1952.
The Cemetery name and address on his death certificate is:
Glen Oak Cemetery, Roosevelt Road, Proviso Township, Illinois, 708-344-5600, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Family links: 
  Christian Jacob Petersen (1845 - 1895)
  Kirsten Marie Hansen Petersen-Nelsen (1849 - 1926)
  Rosalia Marion Kosmala-Kasemeier Petersen (1893 - 1962)
  Arthur Edward Petersen (1914 - 1984)*
  Roy Melvin Petersen (1918 - 1979)*
  Annie Marie Petersen Johnson-Taylor (1870 - 1950)*
  Hans Jacob Petersen (1872 - 1944)*
  Christian Petersen (1876 - 1923)*
  Lillie Kirsten Petersen Wooten-Coyle (1885 - 1960)*
  Arthur Rasmus Petersen (1889 - 1952)
*Calculated relationship
Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Oaks Section, Lot 53, Grave 3
Record added: Jan 18, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103774253
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