|Birth: ||Jul. 29, 1846, Sweden|
|Death: ||Sep. 12, 1933|
Thief River Falls
The obituary below was taken from the St. Hilaire Spectator newspaper dated September 14, 1933.
Survivor of Indian Massacre is Dead
Mrs. Anna Stina Peterson, pioneer settler in this community and a resident here for fifty-three years died Tuesday afternoon, September 12th, at the hospital in Thief River Falls where she was operated upon last week for removal of a ruptured appendix. Although she withstood the operation well, her advanced age, 87 years, was against her and death came to end a long and eventful career. Born in Sweden on July 29, 1846, to parents Anders Peter and Christina Broberg, she came to this country with her parents in 1861 to make their home in the little pioneer settlement of West Lake (now called Monson Lake) in western Kandiyohi county. It was at this place that 30 persons, including parents and other close relatives of Mrs. Peterson, lost their lives in the Indian uprising on August 20, 1862. Most of the settlers were attending church when the Indians swooped down on the little community to massacre its inhabitants. Mrs. Peterson, nee Broberg, managed to escape into a nearby corn field and save her life after witnessing the brutal killing of her kinfolks. Mrs. Peterson and her cousin, Peter Broberg, were the only members of their families to survive. In 1864 at Carver County she was united in marriage to John Peterson, another West Lake massacre survivor. They resided at Nest Lake, Kandiyohi county, not far from the massacre location, until 1880 when they came to this community, becoming some of the first settlers in this region.
Mr. and Mrs. Peterson endured the hardships of pioneer days in this locality, occupying different farms they acquired, until the death of Mr. Peterson many years ago. Since then, Mrs. Peterson has made her home in this village. Prompt to answer to call of need, she never found time to retire, as the term is commonly used, and hers was a busy life. Up to the time of her final illness, she had duties to perform and did them. Many families in the village held in grateful remembrance some service "Grandma" was able to perform for them in time of illness or other emergency.
Six years ago, when the Monson Lake Memorial Association was formed in Kandiyohi county in memory of those who lost their lives in the Indian Uprising, Mrs. Peterson was an honored guest at the first observance, and she has since attended several of the annual gatherings, the last being this year. She was one of the last living survivors of the Indian uprising of 1862.
Mrs. Peterson is survived by two sons and two daughters, Henry W. of Warren, Ed, Mrs. Aug. Swenson, and Mrs. James Kinney of this village. Her husband and two other children preceded her in death. She is also survived by nineteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, beside a host of friends throughout the community.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2:00 P.M., from the Swedish Lutheran church of which she had been a lifelong member. Rev. H.A. Larson will officiate at the services, and interment will be at the St. Hilaire cemetery beside the remains of her husband.
John (Jonas) Peterson (1839 - 1904)
Anna Stina Broberg Peterson, only survivor of the Anders Broberg family, massacred by the Sioux Indians at West Lake, Kandiyohi county, Minnesota on August 20, 1862. Erected by the grandchildren.
Saint Hilaire Cemetery
Plot: Southwestern part of cemetery
Created by: Bill Cox
Record added: Sep 01, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57988858