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Christian Petersen Buried Saturday (1918)


Posted By: Cheryl Siebrass (email)
Date: 2/25/2010 at 23:22:45

Date of Death - January 2, 1918
Kimballton-Elk Horn Record
Christian Petersen Buried Saturday
Large Crowd Pay Tribute to Loved Teacher and Business Man
Chris Petersen Jr., was born in Denmark in 1880. When two years old he came to this country with his parents, who settled in Atlantic. In 1895 the Petersen family moved to the farm 1 1/2 miles east of Elk Horn where Chris Jr., remained until 1908, when he went to Cedar Falls to complete a course in Normal Training. In 1909 he was married to Miss Anna Larsen of Kimballton. In 1910 deceased gave up his work in Cedar Falls to take charge of the school in Sharon No. 8, which position he held until 1912 when he accepted the position as principal of the Elk Horn school. He retained this position until the fall of 1916 and had been engaged for another year, but was compelled to resign and take charge of the Petersen Hardware Company at the sudden death of his brother, Arthur Petersen. He acted as administrator of the A. M. Petersen estate till February 1917 when he and Tony Aagaar bought the business.

Deceased was one of the most highly respected business men of Elk Horn. His career had been somewhat checkered and marked by more hardships than falls to the lot of most men. However, he was possessed of an indefatigable spirit, and grew stronger with the surmounting of each hardship.

As teacher in the Elk Horn school he won the respect and esteem of his pupils, and his close friends numbered many of his former scholars. He was an aggressive businessman and though engaged in business only a few years he established an extensive and flourishing trade. It was while engaged in some plumbing work that he met with the sad accident that caused his death.

He was a member of the town council, and also of the school board. In the latter capacity it will be difficult to replace him, as his experience in teaching coupled with his practical experience as a builder and plumber made him particularly qualified for this position.

Deceased is survived by his widow, three children, Enid Mildred, Melvin Leslie, and Russel Wilbur; and two brothers Janus and Carl.

The funeral was held Saturday at 2 o'clock, Rev. Kloth officiating and the remains were laid to rest in the Elk Horn Cemetery. A profusion of flowers spoke the last respects of many friends.
Card of Thanks

To the many friends who by their sympathy and consideration helped to lessen the burden of bereavement, at the death of our beloved husband and father we express our heartfelt gratitude. Also our appreciation of the many flowers.
Mrs. Chris Petersen Jr., and children


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