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Peter Lindquist

PETER LINQUIST, of Diamond Township, Cherokee County, is one of the most intelligent, industrious, enterprising and respected citizens of foreign birth residing within the limits of the county.  He was born in the southern part of Sweden, January 26, 1846.  His parents were John and Stena Swenson, and he is the youngest of a family of six children who grew to maturity.  While a young man he learned the cabinet-maker's trade, and when he had reached the age of twenty years he decided to emigrate to the United States, believing he could better his condition.  Accordingly he took a steamer at Copenhagen for Quebec, which city he reached, having passed through the usual incidents of an ocean voyage. His destination was Chicago; for a few months he was employed at Logansport, Indiana, on a railroad construction train.  He then went farther west and spent two years in Wyoming, at work on the Union Pacific Railroad; he then was in the employ of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, and for one season was engaged in quarrying stone.  His next move was to Minnesota, where he worked on the Northern Pacific Railroad, then building into Duluth.  He was soon transferred to Kettle River, where he became section foreman; he attended to the arduous duties of that position for nearly two years, when he concluded to engage in farming.  In order to carry out this desire he purchased eighty acres of land about sixty-five miles from St. Paul.  After one year's farming in that rigorous climate he determined to come farther south, and we next find him a resident of Iowa.  His first business there was employment in a hardware store at Sheffield, where he became a partner of John Mohl, who afterward came to Cherokee County with Mr. Linquist, in 1876.  Our subject first purchased eighty acres in Diamond Township, which he improved and made his home  until 1887, when he removed to is present home in section 30, Diamond Township. This place is known as the Maxey farm, and contains 160 acres in an advanced state of cultivation.  Mr. Linquist has excellent improvements on the farm, and his surrounds show the management of an experienced h ad guided by an intelligent brain.  He still retains his original farm, upon which most of his life in this county has been passed.  He has met with financial prosperity and stands today one of the stanch farmers of Cherokee County.  Mrs. Linquist was married at Kettle River, Minnesota, October 5, 1871 to Miss Mary Mohl.  She was born in Scandinavia in May, 1844.  They have an interesting and intelligent family of four children: John, Louisa, Nicholas and Herman.  Like most of his countrymen, Mr. Linquist believes that the Republican party is the one that has done most for him and his people, and in consequence he supports it enthusiastically.  No man in Diamond Township has more firm friends than he, and no man has to a greater degree the qualities of head and heart that win and  hold friends.  He believes in becoming an American, having adopted this country, and in giving his children the advantages afforded by an English education. 

Source: Biographical History of Cherokee County, IA, W. W. Dunbar & Co Publishers, 1889

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