|John Henry Peterson|
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|Birth: ||Mar. 10, 1848|
Östergötlands län, Sweden
|Death: ||Jan. 2, 1916|
From the Upsala newspaper shortly after his death:
John Henry Peterson was born in Horn Parish; Ostergothland, Sweden, March 10th, 1848 and died at Upsala, Minnesota January 2, 1916 at the age of 67 years, 9 months, and 22 day.
In his home he learned early to love and worship God. He was baptized and united to the church in early infancy and in his early youth confirmed in the Lutheran church to which he was faithful to the last.
In 1869, at the age of 21 he left his native country and came to America. His first stopping place on this continent was Jersey City, N.J., where he worked a few months before he tracked to the west, coming to St. Paul and thence to St. Cloud. In the summer of 1872 he and his brother-in-law came up to Morrison county where they each took a homestead and Mr. Peterson put up the walls of a log cabin to be his future home. This homestead was located almost across the road from where his late home how is located.
In January the same year he had married Johanna Christina Johnson, who in November came with him to the new home. It was on the 10th, of November 1872 that the young family came with ox-team from St. Cloud Minn., to camp in the woods.
Through the trackless waste of unsettled country without roads they hauled their few belongings to a log enclosure in the wilderness which was to be called home.
It was a hard prospect by they were young, healthy, hopeful, energetic and determined. Soon the log enclosure was covered over and the household goods installed under the roof of the cabin and they had a home. It it was rude and simple, yet it served and the two linked together in mutual love and happiness, thrived in their pioneer experiences. Modern comforts were not thought of nd well it was for they could not be had. The nearest neighbor was on of Mrs. Peterson brothers living over two miles away. The nearest postoffice and store was a St. Cloud, 35 or 40 miles away. It usually took four days to make the journey back and forth. One redeeming feature was that Mrs. Petersons brothers Peter, Louis and Charles Johnson were located withing reasonable distance.
During all the years of pioneer hardships the family never lacked bread, only once was it for one day threatened with a bread famine. The load of provisions on the way from St. Cloud had been stuck in the miere and had abandoned oxen and all in order to get help to drag it out. This delayed the home-coming as had been calculated, but the young mother consoled herself with the fact that the bread at home was all consumed and no more in sight yet she had plenty of milk to live by, but she had not long to wait. The next day there was bread again in the home.
Mr Peterson was not only a charter of the present Lutheran congregation. He was also a pioneer in the work of christian preaching being brought to the place. A Norwegian pastor, Theodore Moan from Little Sauk came to Elm Dale to have meeting at which times he would come and speak to the people around Upsala meeting with them in their homes. Mr. Petersons home then and for years after often served as both parsonage and church. Perersons were a large family and their house was small, nevertheless, the hospitality was such that they gladly took in the pastor when he came. Mr. Peterson was with both when the log church, on the hill south of O.G. Nelson, was built 27 years ago and where the present church was built 11 years later. He had been withing the social as well as the religious work of the neighborhood and know all about if from A to Z. He had part of honor and responsibility, both in church and community and was respected by all wherever he went. He was rarely absent from church, even at the early service Christmas morning he was with us. That service in honor of the Savior's birth was his last. The following day which was Sunday he felt to tired to come though he expressed his wish to go. He was not feeling well and his ailment developed into pneunonio and laid him on his death bed where after two days of suffering he was made a corps. The doctor being called could do no more than quiet the pain. On Sunday morning about 10 o'clock he breathed his last. He laid no value on his own works as a means of salvation only the works and righteousness of Christ were his comfort there.
In his marriage which spanned nearly 44 years he was blessed with 13 children. Two of them died in infancy and one daughter, Clara Marie, died October 20, 1913. The other ten, five sons and five daughters are yet living. All with the exception of one son were present at the funeral. The children are; Mrs. Mathilda Johnson, Mrs. Emma Sophia Griffith, and Mrs. Anna Louvis all of Minneapolis; John Henry of Frazer, Minnesota, Carl Alfred, Hinsdale Montana; Lars Oscar, Sherwood, Oregon, Gustaf Edward, Canada, David Leonard, Elisa, Carolina, and Alma Victoria at the old home. The aged widow together with these sons and daughters and eleven grandchildren constitute the nearest relations and chief mourners.
The funeral was held from the house at 1 P.M. January 7th and from the Lutheran church at 2 P.M. the same day. The congregation attending the funeral filled the church to overflowing. Both Swedish and American friends attending, the interment was made in the Lutheran cemetery. God bless the family and everlasting be with him.
Johanna Cathrina Jernberg Peterson (1850 - 1928)
Carl Alfred Peterson (1877 - 1964)*
Gethsemane Lutheran Church Cemetery
Created by: C. Miller
Record added: Nov 15, 2012
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