Charles C. Peterson

Charles C. Peterson is the owner of a valuable farm of three hundred and fifty-three acres in the town of Rutland.

A native of Denmark, he came to America with his parents, Peters and Caroline Christenson, when a boy of eight years. Peter Christenson and his wife were born near Maribo, Denmark, were married there and commenced their married life upon a farm. In 1869 they came with their young family to Wisconsin and located upon a farm of sixty acres in the town of Rutland.

Four children were born to them. Charles is the oldest son; Christiana is Mrs. Martin Mason of Oregon, Wis.; Augusta married Peter Oleson of Rutland, who purchased the old Christenson farm and with whom Mr. Christenson makes his home. Hannah is the wife of Reinholt Rasmunson of Oregon.

Charles C. Peterson was born on the farm near Maribo, May 4, 1861, came west with his parents and attended school at Rutland, working meanwhile upon the farm. When he was sixteen years old he commenced to work out and later rented a farm.

The first property he owned was an eighty acre farm about a mile west of Brooklyn and he worked it for four years, selling at a good profit. He then purchased his present place, consisting at that time of one hundred and ninety-three acres in section 32. It was known as the Allsop farm and to it has added from time to time until now his farm consists of three hundred and fifty-three acres.

Many improvements have also been made and the farm equipment is exceptionally good. About nine acres of tobacco, one hundred acres of corn, twenty-five acres of hay and forty to sixty acres of oats are raised, besides much fine stock.

Mr. Peterson was married August 30, 1883 to Miss Katie Hansen, a native of Denmark and daughter of Hans J. and Anna Marie Hansen. Mr. Hansen died in Denmark and his wife was married a second time, her husband being Andrew Ibesen. They came to Wisconsin in 1879 and located in Rutland.

Mr. and Mrs. Peterson have ten children: Leslie, Arthur W., Victor, Holley, Clara Louise, Mabel Caroline, Harvey, and H. Marie. Clara Louise died in 1905 and two children died in infancy.

The family attends the Danish Lutheran church in Rutland.

Mr. Peterson is a Republican and takes and active interest in everything which concerns the welfare of the community. He is interested in school affairs and has served several times on the school board. He is associated with the chapter of Modern Woodmen at Brooklyn.

Ref. 1906 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 704-705.

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