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Carl Peter


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/17/2010 at 14:06:02

Carl Peter has now put aside the more active duties of farm life and is living practically retired but still resides upon his fine home farm of 80 acres, situated on section 10, Harrison township. He likewise owns another 80 acres on section 11. He is today numbered among the substantial citizens of the county not withstanding the fact that he started out in life practically empty handed. He has been a resident of Boone county for almost four decades, arriving here in 1875 from Illinois, where he had lived since 1858, the year of his emigration from Germany.
Mr Peter was born in Prussia on December 27, 1850, a son of Ernest and Johanna Peter, who came to the United States in 1858, bringing with them their sons, Fritz and Carl. At that time they settled in Cook county, Illinois, where the father engaged in gardening as a laborer. He lied in that locality for some yeas and then removed to a place south of Chicago, where he continued until 1875. While the family resided in Illinois a daughter was born. In the year mentioned the family removed to Boone county the father establishing his home in Harrison township where he purchased a farm and resided until his death, which occurred when he had reached the age of seventy-three years, eight months and fourteen days. His widow survived him for about three years and was also seventy-three yeas of age at the time of her demise. Their elder son, Fritz now a resident farmer of Harrison township. The daughter Mrs Alma Krug is now a widow, residing near Boone.
Carl Peter was a lad of but seven years of age when he accompanied his parents to the new world and was reared in Cook county, Illinois. He accompanied his parents to Iowa and was employed in Boone by a Mr Herman and others for several months. He then located upon the farm where he now resides and where he has lived for almost forty years. He brought his fields to a high state of cultivation, following practical and progressive methods in the production the cereals best adapted to the soil ad climate.
In 1881 Mr Peter was united in marriage to Miss Julia Klider, who was born December 8, 1862 near Hausfeldt, Germany, and came to this country in 1875. She, too, in that year became a resident of Boone county, living near the city of Boone. She is a niece of the late John Herman, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume. She resided near Boone until her marriage and then went to her husbandís home in Harrison township. She passed away January 12, 1912 leaving three sons and a daughter beside her husband to mourn her loss. Fred, the eldest son, a resident of Harrison township, married Leda Lininger and has two children. George operates the home farm. Emma and Otto are also with their father.
Mr Peter has made excellent improvements upon the home place, supplying it with all of the accessories and conveniences of a model farm of the twentieth century. In his political views Mr Peter is a democrat and has served as road boss and in other local offices. He has frequently acted as school director, and he is a member of the German Lutheran church of Harrison township, which indicated his interests in the moral progress of the community. His has been a well spent life and during the forty years of his residence in Boone county he has ever enjoyed and received the respect, confidence and good will of his fellow townsmen.

1914 Boone County History Book


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