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 Fredrick James “Fred” Peterson

Fredrick James “Fred” Peterson

Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Death 8 Apr 1965 (aged 81)
Moroni, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Burial Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Plot A_108_1_8
Memorial ID 142616 · View Source
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Fredrick James Peterson was born October 9, 1883. His parents were Fredrick Petersen and Annie Madsine Nicoline Johansen. He was the seventh child in a family of thirteen children born to true and faithful Latter-day Saint parents.

During his childhood Fred helped his father on the farm. When he was older he took on extra work wherever he could find it and still attend school during the winter. Spring and fall would find him hard at work again.

Fred was baptized July 19, 1892. He attended the Mount Pleasant South Ward L.D.S. Church.

He loved to dance and would go to every dance he could. One of the favorite dancing places at this time was called "Fiddler's Green," which was located about three miles west of town. He played the harmonica there and in
the Armory Hall in town.

About the year 1904 Fred and his sister Mary went to Richfield to spend the Christmas holidays with their cousins -- their mother's sister's family, Aunt Hanna and Uncle James M. Peterson.

The winter of 1905, a year or so after his brother Mouritz had returned home from his mission, Fred and Mouritz went to Logan where they attended the Utah State Agricultural College. Fred took carpentry.

One of the girls of Mount Pleasant was Estella Annie of Peter Olof Olson and Marie Magadene Marx. Fred fell in love with her and was pleased to find her feelings for him were the same. They married in the Manti Temple May 25, 1910. They found themselves a home at about 550 South 5th West. It was their that four children were born:

Ila Lucile 19 May 1911
Orvind Fred 1 Feb 1913
LaVar Olof 8 May 1915
Melba Anna 23 April 1917

About the time Fred married he got a job working for the power company and so helped put in Mount Pleasant lights and the power plant.

About the fall of 1917 Fred moved his family to Mammoth, Utah where he worked in the mines for a winter. Then in the spring he moved to a farm southwest of Rupert, Idaho for the summer. Fred bought his wife a player piano, which they enjoyed very much.

The family's next move was into the town of Rupert. The year of 1919 was a dark year for many families of the United States. The flu (Spanish Influenza) hit hard. Schools and churches were closed that they might be used as hospitals. Fred's family was not passed by. The whole family had it. Melba and Estella were in the hospital. Grandma Olson came to take care of the rest of the family. Estella died during the night of January 11, 1919. She was only twenty-eight years of age and left four small children, the oldest being only seven years old.

For a while the children were passed around to different ones to care for them, as Fred couldn't take care of them. Fred was deeply hurt by his wife's death and was unable to settle down to work as he did before. He worked as a tinsmith for the power company. He herded sheep and tried farming. He re-married to Lida Short of Madison, Missouri on May 31, 1922, but this didn't work out and she went back to Missouri.

Fred lived in Rupert in his little home doing his own housework, canned his fruit and kept a nice yard and garden, until he fell in November 1960 and broke his hip. After this he went to Moroni to live with his daughter Ila and her family. At this writing, April 1963, Fred has three living children, LaVar having been killed instantly when crushed by an overhead crane at the Geneva Steel Company in Provo, sixteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.

Fred loved to fish and went fishing a lot with his boss, Ed Shoenhals. Ed owned the Tinsmith shop where he worked so long.

(Fred died April 8, 1965, and was buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. ACP).

History of Fredrick James Peterson

Written by Ramona Christensen


Obituary summary for Fredrick James Peterson

Fredrick James Peterson, 82, was born Oct 9, 1883 Mt. Pleasant Utah to Fredrick Peterson and Anne Madsine Nicoline Larsen. Married Estella Anna Olson May 25, 1910 in the Manti Temple. She died Jan 11, 1918.

His early life was spent in Mt. Pleasant where he was employed as a sheep herder and also for the Mt. Pleasant City. In 1917 he moved his family to Rupert Idaho where he spent the most of the rest of his life until 5 years ago when he fell and broke his hip. Since then he has lived at the home of his daughters. He was employed as a sheet metal worker.

He was an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

His survivors: Sons and daughters Orvind F Peterson (Burley Idaho), Melba Brotherson (Mt. Pleasant), Ila Christensen (Moroni), Brothers and sisters: Risk Peterson (Idaho Falls), George Peterson (Kimberly Idaho), Diantha Anderson (Orem, Utah), Annie Christensen (Kaysville), Marie Madsen (Brigham City), Mary Sanderson (Fairview). 17 Grandchildren, and 59 Great Grand Children.




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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
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