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Title August Peterson
Span Dates 1926-1949
Bulk Dates (bulk dates, 1926-1949)
Quantity 2.5 linear ft.
Printed Material Printed Materials are located in Box 2.
Location     Archives and Special Collections, University Libraries, University of South Dakota.

 August Peterson was born September 23, 1869 in Namdalen, Norway to Peter and Ingeborg Anna Hagen.  Peterson’s parents died when he was a young man and his family was split up to live with friends and relatives.  Before leaving Norway, Peterson was an apprentice painter.  In the fall of 1888, he immigrated to America and settled at Dalesburg, in Clay County, Dakota Territory.

Peterson married Anna E. Edlund on Oct. 25, 1893 and they had four children: Helga, Florence, Emma, and James.  Peterson was very interested in the history of the Swedish pioneers and kept detailed records on his neighbors.  His interest in the settlers led to the publication of his book History of the Swedes who settled in Clay County, South Dakota, and their biographies.  He was also interested in world affairs and wrote and translated articles about those subjects.  August Peterson died January 11, 1950.

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