Jens Petersen 1859-1925
PETERSEN, HANSON, PAULSON
Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 5/1/2011 at 22:03:33
Travelers in the early days in coming to Estherville were apt to stop at the Emmet House, a commodious and up to date hotel for those times, and their welfare when stopping at this hostelry was cared for by one of two brothers, Hans and Jens Petersen, the proprietors. On Thursday [September 10, 1925] the younger of these brothers passed away after a short illness of summer flu. His health for several years had been poorly so that he was unable to withstand the illness that would otherwise have caused him but a slight indisposition.
Jens Petersen was born on October 29, 1859 near Copenhagen, Denmark and came to America in 1879. He located at Omaha and remained in that city for nine years. He with his brother and their families then moved to Jackson, Minn., and homesteaded there. Three years later they moved to Estherville and purchased the Emmet House which they ran until it was destroyed by fire on March 29, 1918. Since then he had looked after his real estate interests and conducted a shoe shop/
While in Omaha Mr. Petersen was married to Miss Katherine Hanson. Three children were born to this union, Willie now residing in Cedar Rapids, Lawrence of Oelwein, and Rose of Des Moines. After the death of his first wife in March 1900, he was married to Miss Anna Margaret Paulson who survives her husband. Two daughters, Louise and Lillian, were born to this second marriage. All of the children were here for the funeral which was held on Monday afternoon at two thirty from Grace Episcopal church. Interment was made in Oak Hill cemetery. Rev. W. F. Huxford of the Baptist church was in charge of the service.
Hans Petersen who has been so intimately connected with his brother in business and in his home, also survives together with numerous other relatives here and in the old country. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, September 16, 1925)
Emmet Obituaries maintained by LaVern Velau.
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