|Birth: ||Mar. 9, 1850|
|Death: ||Mar. 10, 1933|
March 16 1933
‘POKER PETE' DEAD; OLD EARLY PIONEER
Word was received by Constable Carl Bechdolt on Saturday from the Auburn County Hospital of the death there on Friday morning of one of Tahoe's oldest citizens who had resided in this vicinity for over 63 years. Peter Alvertson, better known as "Poker Pete" passed away at the age of 83 the day after his birthday. Born in Iowa he came to Truckee and Tahoe when a young man. He earned the title of "Poker Pete" because of his expert skill at cards, being the best poker player for many years in these parts, operating several gambling places in old Truckee. When the country went dry Pete went to fishing. For the last fifteen years he had been employed by E.G. Schmeidell of San Francisco, owner of a summer home at Secret Harbor on the east side of the lake. His employer ordered his body brought here from Auburn to be buried on the peaceful hillside beside his old time cronies and friends, that with them he may "sleep the sleep that knows no waking".
He will be buried on Tuesday, according to present plans, beside his old time friend Bob Watson Sr., famous trail blazer of early days, who passed away about a year ago.
Poker Pete's life was one of color and adventure and many and thrilling were the tales he told of early days. He was an intimate friend and companion of Bill Cody, better known as "Buffalo Bill," and rode the Wyoming and neighboring ranges for years sided by side with him. He fought with Custer in his historic battles with the Indians and delighted reminiscing his many narrow escapes from death. The closest of these, perhaps, occurred when during an Indian encounter he fled with the squaw of Charley Crazy Horse, who pursued him, showering upon him a volley of arrows, many of which found their mark. He lay for days hovering between life and death, but managed to pull thru, although, he carried the scars of this, and many other exciting battles with him to the grave. He had been a colorful figure for years at Tahoe, always wearing his soldier's hat above his silvery gray hair, and the townsfolk greatly regret the passing of this old time character into the void
of the Great Beyond.
Trails End Cemetery
Created by: Kathy Jones
Record added: Aug 31, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 116342813