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 Harry Victor Peterson

Harry Victor Peterson

Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, Iowa, USA
Death 2 Mar 1960 (aged 63)
Barnard, Brown County, South Dakota, USA
Burial Frederick, Brown County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 131659436 · View Source
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BIOGRAPHY: Harry is the son of Nels and Carrie (Karen Maren Larsen) Peterson. Harry was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on May 24, 1896.
1930 Census puts Harry and family at Brown County SD. At that time Harry sold machinery for a living and owned a home valued at $2500.

EDUCATION: Harry finished the 8th grade.

OCCUPATION: Harry worked in the elevator.

MILITARY: Harry was a Private First Class in the U.S. Army 3 311 567, World War I, 26 June 1918 and remained in the army until the war ended 7 June 1919. The place of entry was SD and place of separation Camp Dodge Iowa. His assignments and Geographical location were Casual detachment 660 Demobilization Group. His decorations and awards were WW1 Victory Medal, Warld War I Victory Button (Bronze). He was stationed Havre, France, was a runner and carried messages to the front line, a very dangerous job. They were told if they were ever caught they should commit suicide so as not to give out any information. Carol Peterson his daughter said that they thought this was in his mind when he did take his life later. On his registration card he was of medium build, blue eyes, hair light brown
and was not bald, age 21.

MARRIAGE: Harry married Agnes Gwendolyn Spolum who was his first cousin, on Sept. 24, 1923 in Canada.

HEALTH: Harry had a male defect.

DEATH: Harry shot himself on March 2, 1960.

SERVICES for Harry Victor Peterson, 63, Barnard, will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Barnard Congregational Church with the Rev. Richard Kline of Aberdeen officating. Burial will be in the Frederick cemetery.
Mr. Peterson was born May 24 1896 at Cedar Falls, Iowa. He moved to Barnard when he was 11. He served in the Army during World War I. He married Agnes Spolum Sept. 24 1923, in Estaven, Canada. For 30 years Mr. Peterson was a grain buyer for the Barnard Grain Co. For the past few years he has farmed near Barnard.
He was a member of the Barnard Congregational Church and served on the first church building board. He was a church deacon and served as cusodian. Mr. Peterson was a member of the Columbia American Legion.
Surviving in addition to his widow include one son Robert of Madison, Wis.; one daughter, Carol Anne Peterson, Devnver, Colo.; a brother, Albert Peterson, Barnard; four sisters, Mrs. Chester (Mabel) Wylie, Hutchinson, MN; Mrs. Chester (Edna) Tingley, Durango, Colo.; Mrs. Herbert (Ella) Robertson, Victoria, Texas; and Mrs. Charles (Dora) Herman Barnard. Two sisters preceded him in death.
Mr. Peterson shot himself Wednesday at his family homestead.
The Kreuger-Johnson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

BURIAL: Harry is buried at the Frederick Cemetery, Frederick, SD.

copied from the 1909-1989 Barnard history
written by Ovid Stevens (1968)
Yes, Harry Peterson has left us. He departed from this life March 2, 1960 while tending his flocks on the farm where he and his brother and sisters grew up. Harry was the first born child of Nels and Carrie Peterson of Cedar Falls, IA. In 1908 the Peterson family came to South Dakota and settled on the SW 1/4 of 12-126-64. It was on this same farm that Harry's death took place 52 years later. Harry attended the local school and after school turned to farming with his father. In June 1918 he answered the call to colors and served with the US Army in France until the close of World War I. He saw action on the western front. He returned home early in 1919 and resumed farming. It was during threshing time in 1920 that he was employed as manager of the now defunct Westport Farmers Elevator. Mr. Peterson operated grain elevators from then until about eight years ago, when he sold his elevator and returned to farming and sheep raising. During this time he managed elevators at Guelph, ND and Frederick, SD. While managing the elevator for the Barnard Grain and Coal Co., here in Barnard, he also sold farm implements.
While at Guelph, he was united in marriage to Agnes Spolum. Two children were born to this union, Robert and Carol Anne.
Harry's adult life was spent in this community and it can be said that his life was dedicated to helping others and for the upbuilding of the community, for that is what he practiced. When trouble came to anyone, for any reason, he was the first person called to the scene. Harry served on various boards during his life and was school treasurer at the time of his passing.
We scribes can write volumes about anyone, which are soon forgotten, but their acts of humanity are never forgotten. Such is the life of our friend and benefactor, Harry V. Peterson."




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  • Added: 21 Jun 2014
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Harry Victor Peterson (24 May 1896–2 Mar 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 131659436, citing Wayside Cemetery, Frederick, Brown County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Beverly Jean (Cook) Wylie (contributor 46855087) .