PETER E. PETERSEN
As a natural result of his thrift and industry Peter E. Petersen has become a prosperous citizen of Gustine, Cal.,
which has been his home since 1909. His birth occurred in Aro, Denmark, on January 7, 1888, a son of Hans Peter
and Maria Catherine (Smith) Petersen, both natives of Denmark, where they still make their home, the father being
seventy two years old and the mother sixty seven years. There are six children in the family: Alf reda P., Mrs.
C. L. Smith residing at Turlock; Peter E., the subject of this review; Jorgen; Hans P., deceased; Johannas; and
Peter E. Petersen attended grammar school in his native country and learned the blacksmith trade in Aro with his
father. In 1907 he came to the United States and almost directly to California, where he worked for his brother
in law, C. L. Smith, for a year and a half. He then followed his trade with James R. Jensen in Gustine for three
years, when, on March 29, 1912, he bought a half interest in a blacksmith business with A. Andersen, and the firm
became Andersen and Petersen, and in 1914 they built a garage building; in 1919 he sold his interest in the garage
to Gilbert Kerr and in 1923 took over the entire blacksmith end of the business. Mr. Petersen is also interested
in agriculture, owning a fifth interest in a 131 acre farm, known as the Gustine Orchard Company, which is devoted
to almonds, grapes, walnuts and figs.
At Gustine, July 15, 1916, Mr. Petersen was married to Miss Lillie Hansen, born at Ingomar, Cal., a daughter of
Hans and Christina (Smith) Hansen, whose sketch will be found in this history.
Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Petersen: Hans Peter and Eleanor Marie. Mr. Petersen is Past Grand
of Romero Lodge No. 413, I. O. O. F., and has served as trustee of this order for many years; he is also a member
of the Dania Lodge of Gustine. In politics he is a Democrat.
History of Merced County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by John Outcalt
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1925
Merced County, CA
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