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George Arthur "Arthur" Peterson 1886-1918


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 5/3/2011 at 21:33:42

Geo. Arthur Peterson Dead
Former Estherville Business Man With the Firm of Lundgren & Peterson
George Arthur Peterson, eighth child of Chas. J. and Anna R. Peterson, was born in Webster county, Iowa, October 10, 1886, and departed from this life at Colorado Springs, Colo., Wednesday evening, February 27, 1918, aged 31 years, 4 months and seventeen days.

In February 1911 Mr. Peterson came to Estherville and entered business. While here he married on March 12, 1912, Miss Genevieve Straite of Estherville, who survives him. After two and one half years here the young couple returned to Webster county. There they continued for another two and one half years. Failing health then compelled him to seek a home in a more favorable climate. They then removed to Colorado Springs where they have since made their home. For at time he seemed to be on the way to recovery, and he again entered business, but his old malady reasserted itself and after a heroic struggle he succumbed to its ravages.

To Mr. and Mrs. Peterson one child was born which preceded its father in death April 13, 1916, at the age of ten months.

Mr. Peterson was reared in the Swedish Lutheran faith, receiving confirmation at an early age at Burnside, Iowa. In 1911 he entered the fellowship of the Estherville Christian church. On removing from Estherville his membership, with that of his wife, was transferred to the Christian church of LeHigh, Iowa. He was known among his associates as an intensely earnest and faithful Christian; one could always be depended on. His influence among the young people of Estherville was strong and positive for Chirst and righteousness.

Besides the young widow he leaves to mourn his departure, his father and mother of Burnside, Iowa, two brothers, John and Oscar Peterson of the same place, sisters, Mrs. Andrew Swanson, Calendar, Iowa; Mrs. C. M. Johnson, Gowrie, Iowa; Mrs. Robt. Anderson also of Gowrie; Mrs. Chas. Lundgren of Estherville; Mrs. Olaf Nicholson, Leland, Iowa; Miss Ellen Peterson of Burnside, the last named alone being with him during his last illness, and a large number of relatives and friends. “And I heard a voice saying ‘Blessed are they that die in the Lord, from henceforth, for they rest from their labors and their works do follow them.’”

Former Resident Dead
Body of G. A. Peterson Brought Here for Burial – Married Estherville Girl
George Arthur Peterson, at one time engaged in the lumber business in this city, died at this home at Colorado Springs on Wednesday, February 27th, 1918. The body arrived in this city Sunday evening. Mr. Peterson came to Estherville in 1911 and entered the lumber business with C. J. Lungren as a partner. He continued in business for two and one-half years. It was in this city that he met and married Miss Genevieve Strait, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Strait. To this union one child was born which died in infancy. After leaving this city, the family went to Webster county where they made their home for two years. It was at this time that the dreaded tuberculosis fastened itself upon him and the family moved to Colorado Springs for the benefit of his health. He improved to such an extent that he re-entered business, but he malady reasserted itself and after a brave fight he at last succumbed.

Mr. Peterson was born in Webster county, Iowa, on October 10th, 1886, being at the time of his death 31 years, 4 months and 17 days of age. Besides the widow he leaves to mourn his loss his father, mother, two brothers and six sisters. He is remembered by many of our citizens as a young man of integrity, energetic and pleasant disposition.

Funeral services were held from the Union Baptist church Tuesday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. Priest of the Christian church, assisted by Rev. Catlin of the Baptist church and Rev. Gustavson, pastor of the Swedish Lutheran church at Spencer. The sorrowing loved ones have the sympathy of the entire community in their great loss. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, March 6, 1918)


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