Jeppe Peder “Peter” Jepson

Jeppe Peder “Peter” Jepson

Birth
Denmark
Death
22 May 1923 (aged 68)
Indian River City, Brevard County, Florida, USA
Burial
Dannebrog, Howard County, Nebraska, USA Add to Map
Plot
First Addition, Lot 47
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The Dannebrog News, May 31, 1923, page 1, transcribed by Linda Berney

Peter Jepson was born in Denmark August 26, 1854. He came to America with his parents in 1873, arriving in Dannebrog on June 2nd, the same year, where they were met by his uncle, S. M. Pedersen, who was one of the original locators of the Danish Colony, and who came to Howard County in 1872. Here Mr. Jepson Sr. homesteaded land one and one-half mile northwest of Dannebrog where the family resided until 1885, the year the railroad was built into Dannebrog, when they moved to town and made their home there.

Peter Jepson opened a real estate, loan and insurance office in Dannebrog, which he conducted until the fall of 1886 when A. E. Cady and Geo. E. Lean organized the International Bank of Dannebrog as a branch of the First National Bank of St. Paul, and Mr. Jepson was chosen cashier and manager of this bank.

Mr. Jepson was married on the Jepson homestead near Dannebrog, on March 5, 1879 to Miss Christina A. Paulsen, who came from Denmark in January of that year. To this union six children were born, two of which died in infancy. The four living are: Lawrence P. of North Platte, Nebr; Harry C. of Indian River City, Florida; Mrs. Anna C. McCullough and Mrs. Eudora H. Skow both in Omaha.

On March 2, 1889 Peter Jepson and family accompanied by his parents went to California where they lived till the summer of 1890, when they again returned to Dannebrog and Peter engaged in the mercantile business as a partner with C. C. Hansen and Peter Klindt, under the firm name of Jepson, Klindt & Co. This partnership was dissolved two years later when Mr. Hansen bot out Jepson and Klindt.

In 1893 Mr. Jepson and family moved to Rockville, Nebr and engaged in the mercantile business there until February 1, 1900 when they moved to Elba, Nebr and organized the Elba State Bank with C. C. Hansen president, C. Jepson, Vice-pres and Peter Jepson cashier and manager. During Mr. Jepson's time as cashier of the Elba bank he became interested, together with C. C. Hansen, in a number of other enterprises. He was one of the organizers of the Howard County Telephone Co. and remained an officer of same until the company was sold to the Bell Telephone Co.

Besides being active in the progress and upbuilding of the Village of Elba Mr. Jepson took an active part in county affairs as well. In 1905 he, in company with C. C. Hansen and L. C. Madsen purchased the First State Bank of Cotesfield, Nebr. And in 1909 he, in company with his son Lawrence and Jorgen C. Larsen, purchased the controlling interest of the Bank of Lincoln County at Hershey, Nebr.

Mr. Jepson retired from active business in 1911, and with his family moved to Indian River City, Florida where he built a beautiful river front home, in which he resided until his death and in this home his life's companions and mother of his children was called to her heavenly home on March 15, 1915 and was buried in Oakridge cemetery, Dannebrog.

During Mr. Jepson's stay in Florida he became interested in enterprises there and at the time of his death was president of the Titusville Hardware and Furniture Co. and a director in the Bank of Titusville.

Two years ago Mr. Jepson was married again to Mrs. Ellnora Wharton of Titusville, Florida, who was a real companion and comforted him to the end. His health had been failing for the past year and for the last three months he was practically bed-ridden and suffered very much. All his children were at his bedside when death came, except Lawrence, who had recently spent a month with him.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Pedersen the Lutheran church here Tuesday afternoon and Mr. Jepson was laid to rest in Oak Ridge cemetery beside his first wife.

Although the weather was stormy and roads bad, a large number of all time friends attended the funeral, a number coming from Elba, St. Paul, Boelus, and other places including Omaha, among them we noticed Mr. Jepson's old time partner and staunch friend, C. C. Hansen and Mrs. Hansen.

The pall bearers were: Walter Ericksen, Martin Leth, V.S. Kaminski, Chris Christoffersen, Jorgen C. Larsen and Peter Andrews, all friends and business associates from Elba.

Having intimately known Mr. Jepson for fifty years we do not hesitate to say that he was one of the best men and noblest characters we have ever known.
The Dannebrog News, May 31, 1923, page 1, transcribed by Linda Berney

Peter Jepson was born in Denmark August 26, 1854. He came to America with his parents in 1873, arriving in Dannebrog on June 2nd, the same year, where they were met by his uncle, S. M. Pedersen, who was one of the original locators of the Danish Colony, and who came to Howard County in 1872. Here Mr. Jepson Sr. homesteaded land one and one-half mile northwest of Dannebrog where the family resided until 1885, the year the railroad was built into Dannebrog, when they moved to town and made their home there.

Peter Jepson opened a real estate, loan and insurance office in Dannebrog, which he conducted until the fall of 1886 when A. E. Cady and Geo. E. Lean organized the International Bank of Dannebrog as a branch of the First National Bank of St. Paul, and Mr. Jepson was chosen cashier and manager of this bank.

Mr. Jepson was married on the Jepson homestead near Dannebrog, on March 5, 1879 to Miss Christina A. Paulsen, who came from Denmark in January of that year. To this union six children were born, two of which died in infancy. The four living are: Lawrence P. of North Platte, Nebr; Harry C. of Indian River City, Florida; Mrs. Anna C. McCullough and Mrs. Eudora H. Skow both in Omaha.

On March 2, 1889 Peter Jepson and family accompanied by his parents went to California where they lived till the summer of 1890, when they again returned to Dannebrog and Peter engaged in the mercantile business as a partner with C. C. Hansen and Peter Klindt, under the firm name of Jepson, Klindt & Co. This partnership was dissolved two years later when Mr. Hansen bot out Jepson and Klindt.

In 1893 Mr. Jepson and family moved to Rockville, Nebr and engaged in the mercantile business there until February 1, 1900 when they moved to Elba, Nebr and organized the Elba State Bank with C. C. Hansen president, C. Jepson, Vice-pres and Peter Jepson cashier and manager. During Mr. Jepson's time as cashier of the Elba bank he became interested, together with C. C. Hansen, in a number of other enterprises. He was one of the organizers of the Howard County Telephone Co. and remained an officer of same until the company was sold to the Bell Telephone Co.

Besides being active in the progress and upbuilding of the Village of Elba Mr. Jepson took an active part in county affairs as well. In 1905 he, in company with C. C. Hansen and L. C. Madsen purchased the First State Bank of Cotesfield, Nebr. And in 1909 he, in company with his son Lawrence and Jorgen C. Larsen, purchased the controlling interest of the Bank of Lincoln County at Hershey, Nebr.

Mr. Jepson retired from active business in 1911, and with his family moved to Indian River City, Florida where he built a beautiful river front home, in which he resided until his death and in this home his life's companions and mother of his children was called to her heavenly home on March 15, 1915 and was buried in Oakridge cemetery, Dannebrog.

During Mr. Jepson's stay in Florida he became interested in enterprises there and at the time of his death was president of the Titusville Hardware and Furniture Co. and a director in the Bank of Titusville.

Two years ago Mr. Jepson was married again to Mrs. Ellnora Wharton of Titusville, Florida, who was a real companion and comforted him to the end. His health had been failing for the past year and for the last three months he was practically bed-ridden and suffered very much. All his children were at his bedside when death came, except Lawrence, who had recently spent a month with him.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Pedersen the Lutheran church here Tuesday afternoon and Mr. Jepson was laid to rest in Oak Ridge cemetery beside his first wife.

Although the weather was stormy and roads bad, a large number of all time friends attended the funeral, a number coming from Elba, St. Paul, Boelus, and other places including Omaha, among them we noticed Mr. Jepson's old time partner and staunch friend, C. C. Hansen and Mrs. Hansen.

The pall bearers were: Walter Ericksen, Martin Leth, V.S. Kaminski, Chris Christoffersen, Jorgen C. Larsen and Peter Andrews, all friends and business associates from Elba.

Having intimately known Mr. Jepson for fifty years we do not hesitate to say that he was one of the best men and noblest characters we have ever known.