|Birth: ||Dec. 17, 1854, Sweden|
|Death: ||Dec. 28, 1925|
Peter Broberg was born in Vargarda, Sweden to parents Daniel Peter and Anna Stina Johansdotter Broberg. Peter, with his parents and younger brother, Alfred, came to America from Sweden in July 1861. They arrived at the West Lake settlement (now called Monson Lake), near the boundary between Swift and Kandiyohi Counties in Minnesota. Peter's brother, John Albert, was born at West Lake in October, a few months after their arrival. They settled in section one of Hayes Township in Swift County, next to the claim of Anders P. Broberg (Peter's uncle), and just to the west of the Sven Oman and Andreas Lundborg claims. On August 20, 1862, the third day of the Dakota uprising, Indians attacked the West Lake Settlement and killed several in the community. Most of the West Lake victims had just attended a religious service at the Andreas Lundborg home. All except one in each of the families of Anders P. and Daniel P. Broberg were killed. Anna Stina, 16 years old, was the sole survivor of the Anders P. Broberg family. Peter, seven years old, was the only survivor of the Daniel P. Broberg family. During the attack, Peter ran to the Sven Oman house and survived by hiding in the cellar with the Oman family. Over the next years he had several guardians. For a few months he lived with the Andreas Lundborg family, his old West Lake neighbors. He then went to Carver County to live for a year with the John Ahlen family of West Union, followed by a stay with the Lars Skoog family of East Union. By this time his cousin, Anna Stina Broberg , had married John Peterson and they were living on a farm by Nest Lake in Kandiyohi County. He stayed with them until he was 14 years old (in 1868) and then went to live with Louis Larson in New London, where he also attended school. He later married Christina Larson and they had four children. In 1877, Peter and Harold Swenson purchased a general merchandise business in New London. Peter was also involved in real estate and the banking business, and was the president of the State Bank of New London. He continued with these businesses until a few years before his death in 1925. In 1917, he placed a granite marker in what is now Monson Lake State Park, near the site where his family and others were killed (my photos of the marker are attached).
Christine Larson Broberg (1855 - 1909)*
Plot: Peter's grave is on the left side of the cemetery walkway, about half the distance to the Lundborg-Broberg state monument.
Created by: Bill Cox
Record added: Sep 20, 2010
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