One of the farmers of Mountain Lake township, Cottonwood county, who is contented with his lot, is Peter P.
Fast. He was born in Russia, March 10, 1868. He is a son of Peter and Anna (Tieszen) Fast, both natives of Russia,
but the grandparents on both sides were born in Germany. Peter Fast, Sr., brought his family to America in 1874,
locating in Turner county, South Dakota, where he took up a homestead. He came to the village of Mountain Lake,
Minnesota, in 1898, retiring from active life, and here his death occurred in 1908. His widow is still living here.
He was a deacon in the Mennonite church.
Peter P. Fast, the only child of his parents, grew up on the home farm and received a limited education, in a private
school, kept up by the community in which he lived in South Dakota. He engaged in farming there until 1900, svhen
he came to his present farm in Mountain Lake township, Cottonwood county, where he now owns six hundred and twenty
acres. He has made many valuable improvements here, including the erection of most of the buildings on the place,
which are substantial and modern. He carries on general farming and stock raising on an extensive scale. He assisted
in organizing the First National Bank at Mountain Lake, in which he has been a director since its organization.
Mr. Fast was married in 1889, to Katie Duerksen, a native of Russia, and ten children have been born to their union,
namely: Abram P., who lives in Midway township, this county; Peter P., Jr., who is farming in Mountain Lake township;
Katie, who is the wife of John Stoesz; Mary, Lizzie, Jacob, Henry, Anna, Frank and George are living at home.
Politically, Mr. Fast is a Republican. He is now serving as clerk of the district school board, and is a member
of the Mennonite church.
History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties
Their People, Industries and Institutions
John A. Brown, Editor in Chief
B. F. Bowen and Company, Inc.
Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties, MN Biographies
Also see Railway Officials in America 1906