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 James Morten Peterson, Jr

James Morten Peterson, Jr

Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, USA
Death 7 Jul 1939 (aged 58)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, USA
Plot A.23.03.04
Memorial ID 33923 · View Source
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1939 Utah Death Certificate
Labor Pneumonia

James Morten Peterson, Jr age 58

1880 Census Richfield, Sevier, Utah
James M Peterson 30
Laura Peterson 21
James M Peterson, 11 months
Sina Hansen 19, sister-in-law
Jacob Laursen 10

1900 Census Richfield, Sevier, Utah
Sarah Peterson 33, widow, 1 child, 1 living
Una Elithe Peterson 2
James M Peterson 20, step-son, bank president
Own home

1908 Richfield, Sevier, Utah
James M Peterson Bank
The thriving city of Richfield contains no more solid business establishment than the James M Peterson bank, long recognized as one of the leading concerns of southern Utah. It was established in 1882 by James M Peterson, father of the present cashier, a leading citizen of his time. The bank was incorporated in 1905 with a capital of $40,000. ...

Report Made to the Secretary of State
Jas M Peterson being first duly sworn...
Richfield Reaper, 1908-Dec-31, Page 4.

1909 Richfield, Utah
The Joint Institute
Many Teachers Present from Both Counties
Superintendent Nelson is Star Lecturer-
Splendid Musical Numbers Rendered at all Sessions
The teachers of Sanpete and Sevier met in conjoint institute last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the pedagogues had one long continued feast of good things. . .
. . . Following this J M Peterson rendered a bass solo, "Down In the Deep" which was nicely sung and apprecated."
Richfield Reaper, Feb 18, 1909, Page 3.

1910 Census Richfield, Sevier, Utah
James M Peterson 30, cashier, bank
Louisiana C Peterson 21
Madge H Peterson 4
Una H Peterson 1, daughter
Allotta Gustaveson 37, servant, private family

1920 Census Richfield, Sevier, Utah
James M Peterson 40, Presisent, Bank
Louisiana C A Peterson 37
Madge H Peterson 13
Una H Peterson 11
Leah H Peterson 9
Juana Peterson 7
Louisiana H Peterson 5
James M Peterson 3y 7months
Eunice O Aspland 38, servant
Own home on Center Street

1927 Richfield, Utah
J M Peterson & Company
For the Holiday Trade
Silk Dresses in the latest
$15.00, $16.75, $17.75, $19.75, $21.75
Gift Suggestions
Ties in fancy Holiday boxes $1.23 and $1.18
Men's Garters and Armband Sets
Boy's and Men's Tie and Belt Sets
Linen Lunch and Table Cloths With Napkins..
A small deposit will hold ... until Christmas
J M Peterson & Company
Richfield Reaper, Dec 8, 1927, page 8

1930 Census Richfield, Sevier, Utah
James M Peterson 50, cashier, bank
Louisiana Peterson 47
Madge H Peterson 23, religion mission, church
Una H Peterson 21
Leah H Peteerson 19
Juana H Peterson 18
Anna Lou H Peterson 15
James M Peterson 13
Mary Dean H Peterson 10
Chauncy Smoot Peterson 8
Babette H Peterson 6
Own home 115 First West Street

1939 Obituary Ricfield, Utah
Former Prominent Resident Dies
Funeral Services Held Here Sunday

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Sevier stake tabernacle for James Morten Peterson, a well-known L.D.S. church worker and former prominent Richfield banker, mayor and city councilman, who died Friday in Salt Lake. Mr. Peterson had been a resident of Richfield until he was called to preside over the Texas Mission in 1935.

Speaking at the services, Stephen L. Richards of the L.D.S. council of twelve apostles, conveyed expressions of love and sympathy from President Heber J. Grant and other general church authorities. He made the statement: "His passing has brought to the fore the high esteem in which he has long been held. I think I have scarcely ever seen what seems to me evidence of a more sincere character of esteem and respect of people than I witness in this very large assemblage of his friends on this hot and sultry afternoon. It is a beautiful thing to see such a demonstration of communal feeling toward this family on such an occasion." The audience filled the spacious auditorium and most of the gallery.

Apostle Richards recalled his association and that of other general authorities with the Peterson family on visits to Richfield at the time President Peterson was in the stake presidency; his service as president of the Texas mission and later as a counselor to President R. D. Young in the Manti temple; his love of education; his quality of friendship. He spoke of the success he had attained in the business world, of his presidency of the state bankers' association and the honor that came in his being mentioned for governor of the state.

Referring to the circumstances under which the Peterson bank closed during the depression, he said: I knew him well; "I knew he was sympathetic more than people realized perhaps of the misfortune which befell his associates in a business way. I know his heart was touched for any who lost seemingly upon his account and I know that throughout his troubles he was a man; that he commanded respect and esteem of those who best knew him and his circumstances. It fills my heart with gratitude today to see his neighbors and old friends and associates bear witness of the fact which I have just stated."

President E. W. Poulson of the Sevier stake presided at the services. The invocation was offered by Bishop Braithwaite of Manti. A quartet composed of Mrs. L. A. Poulson, Mrs. Otto L. Anderson, Mrs. Vern Blomquist, Mrs. Stanley Johnson, A. W. Rowley, Howard Mendenhall, Clarence Littlewood and Spencer Ohlin, with Miss Melba Cope at the piano, sang Sometime, Somewhere, Oh My Father, and My Prayer. A solo, Face to Face, was sung by Mrs. L. A. Poulson, and Carvel Mattsson played an organ selection, "The Lost Chord.." The organ prelude and postlude were played by Mr. Mattsson.

Speakers, besides Apostle Richards, were President R. D. Young, who spoke of President Peterson's service as his counselor in the Sevier stake presidency for 24 years and later as his counselor in the Manti temple; Wm. Bunker, who expressed the appreciation of workers in the Manti temple and of Manti people attending the services; and President Poulson. All of the speakers referred with respect to the wife and family of President Peterson. The closing prayer was by Bishop Hanmer E. Peterson of the Richfield Fourth ward. Dr. T. R. Gledhill of the Sevier stake presidency dedicated the grave, interment being in the Richfield cemetery.

Ordinance workers from the Manti temple acted as pallbearers. Relief society members carried the many beautiful floral tributes. Mr. Peterson was born in Richfield July 12, 1880. He served in the Scandinavian mission from 1900 to 1903. He was member of the Sevier stake M. I. A. board; first counselor in the stake presidency under President R. D. Young; appointed president of the Texas mission in 1935, and appointed second counselor in the Manti temple presidency in 1937, a position which he held at the time of his death. He had served in various church and civic capacities, including service as mayor and in the city council.

Mr. Peterson had been afflicted with a heart ailment the last four years and had been in retirement in Salt Lake most of the time since April. He is survived by his wife, Louisiana Heppler Peterson, whom he married in 1903; two sons, James M. Peterson III of Odgen, Chauncey Smoot Peterson, Salt Lake; seven daughters, Mrs. Madge Ballif, Boise, Idaho; Mrs. Una Dastrup, Salt Lake; Mrs. Juana Preston, Tremonton; Mrs. Leah Anderson, Salt Lake; Mrs. Anna Lou Brooks, St. George; Miss Mary Deane Peterson, Salt Lake; Miss Bobette Peterson, Salt Lake; a half-brother, Lawrence Peterson of Richfield; a half-sister, Mrs. C. J. [Elithe] Sumner, Salt Lake and five grandchildren.
Richfield Reaper, 13 July 1937, Page 1.
[front page, first column]

Father of ten children:
Andrew Morten Peterson 1905-1905
Madge H Peterson Ballif 1906-1999 bu Sandy
Una H Peterson Dastrup 1908-1990 bu Sandy
Leah Peterson Anderson 1910-1992 bu Sandy
Juana Peterson Preston 1912-1992 bu Logan
Louisiana Heppler Peterson Brooks 1914-1988
James Martin Peterson III 1916-2004
Laura Millie Peterson 1918-1918
Mary Deane Peterson 1920-2006
Chauncy Smoot Peterson 1922-2001




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