Minnie Doan Peterson
Robert L. Peterson, proprietor of Peterson's Electric Shop, Marshfield, and one of the active and successful business men of the city, was born in Wausau, Marathon County, Wis., Dec. 19, 1883, son of John Fred and Rose (Vessel) Peterson. The parents came to the United States from Ystad, Sweden, the father in 1879 and the mother in 1882. They were married, however, in Sweden. The father was a cooper by trade being later employed as a grader and scalar of lumber. He and his wife are now residing in Wausau. They have had 11 children, namely: Ellen, Carl, Hilda, Robert L., William, Bessie, Grace, Walter, and three who died in infancy. Robert L. Peterson acquired his elementary education in the common school and later attended the Wausau Business College, during which time he worked out of school hours as a chauffeur. Having come to Marshfield, July 30, 1913, he became an employee of the Johnson Electrical Shop, where he applied himself to learn the business to such good effect that in 1913 he was made manager of the shop. In 1920 he bought out the proprietor, Mr. Johnson, and has since conducted the business himself on a profitable basis. His store of practical knowledge is adequate to all demands made on it and his trade is gradually increasing. As a live citizen interested in the prosperity and development of the community, he has identified himself with the Rotary Club, while his other society affiliations are with the Masons and Odd Fellows, and he is a member and liberal supporter of the Methodist Episcopal Church. On June 25, 1913, Mr. Peterson assumed the responsibilities of domestic life, being united in marriage at Fennimore, Grant County, Wis., to Minnie Doan, who was born June 2, 1884, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Doan. Her mother is now deceased and the father is still living at Fennimore. Mr. and Mrs. Peterson are the parents of one child, Kathryn Elizabeth, who was born March 24, 1919.
Source: History of Wood County, Wisconsin (1923) compiled by George O. Jones, page 475
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