Biography of Peter Wilson
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Peter Wilson was the owner for some years of good farm lands in Sheldon township, but who. is now living retired in Houston, after a successful career as an agriculturist, was born in Telemarken, Norway, Nov. 27, 1853, son of Aavil Mickelson and his wife, Hage Targeson. The family came to the United States in 1871, settling in Houston, this county, and three years later on a farm in the vicinity, where the father died in 1881, and the mother a few years later. They had 15 children, of whom Peter was the second in order of birth. Of these children only two are now living, Peter and Julia, now Mrs. Sever Knutson of Houston township. Peter Wilson was a well grown young man of 18 when he arrived in Houston county with the other members of the family, but he was unable to speak English. He obtained employment, however, working three years for Mr. Driscoll. Then, having attained his majority, he went to Clay county, Minn., where he took a homestead, residing on it as a bachelor for four years, and three years after he was married. Then selling the farm, he came to Sheldon township, Houston county, taking a farm there which he operated until 1913, in which year he purchased his present home in Houston, where he is now living retired. He is administrator for several estates and is widely recognized throughout the township as one of its reliable and public spirited citizens. While living on his farm he served six years as school treasurer. He is a member of the Lutheran "Stone" church, and in politics a Republican. Mr. Wilson was married March 20, 1881, to Asper Peterson, who was born in Houston, July 10, 1863, daughter of Swan and Asper (Gunderson) Peterson. He and his wife have had eight children: Anna Helena, wife of Peter Hoim, a farmer in Black Hammer township; Samuel Alfred, who married Anna Otterness and resides on the old Wilson homestead in Sheldon township; Clara Patrina, wife of Al Ross Lee, a farmer in Canada; Jane Telena, wife of George Metcalf of Caledonia; Emma Marie, wife of Robert Lee, a Canadian farmer; Gena Hancena and Clarence Helmer, who reside with their parents; and Mabel Telena, who died in infancy. The parents of Mrs. Wilson were both born in Norway, the father coming to the United States before the Civil War and settling in Sheldon township, this county, where he resided for a number of years. He then moved to Albert Lea, but later returned to Houston, and engaged in farming here. He is still a resident of Houston. His first wife, the mother of Mrs. Wilson, died at the latter's birth, she being the only child of that marriage. By a second marriage Mr. Peterson had nine other children.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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