Hans and Ole Peterson are natives of Denmark, the former born February 11, 1848, and the latter, October 5, 1842. Their parents were Peter and Catherine (Jenson), who owned and worked a small farm in their native country and lived and died there. They had a family of five sons and two daughters, of whom, beside the two living in Oregon, there are still two sons and both of the daughters living in Denmark.Both Ole and Hans left school when they reached the age of fourteen years and began working for themselves, farming and working by the month as opportunity offered.

In 1877, when Hans was twenty-nine years of age, he came to America and settled in Oregon where for five years he worked in a brick-yard. In 1881 his brother Ole joined him and together they bought an improved farm on one hundred and twenty acres, which they have worked in partnership for twenty years. It is run as a general farm.

Mr. Hans Peterson joined the Lutheran church in his native country, and the family affiliate with that church here. He is a Republican in politics.

His brother, Ole, married, March 12, 1885, Miss Kerstine Rasmusson, daughter of Rasmus and Karren (Mickolson) Nelson, and a native of Denmark.

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