Biography of Peter Thornson


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PETER THORSEN, store keeper and brick manufacturer, is a native of Denmark. He served with credit in the war between Prussia and Denmark, after which, in 1864, he came to the United States. He worked at brick making till 1871, when he established his brick yard in Niles, which has been in successful operation ever since. Many of the buildings in the suburban towns of Evanston, Park Ridge, Niles Centre, etc., are built of his brick, as are also the Cook County Asylum and Infirmary. In 1878 he built a large brick store, 36x72. in Niles, and has carried on a good business in dry goods and groceries ever since. His brick yard turns out annually about 2,000,000 bricks. Mr. Thorsen has held various offices, as Commissioner of Highways and school director, and is at present Postmaster at Niles and County Toll road Inspector.

History of Cook County, Illinois
From the earliest period to the present time.
BY: A. T. Andreas
A. T. Andreas, Publisher
Chicago 1884.