W. J. Pedersen, who carries on general farming on section 26, Juniata township, purchased his place about fourteen
years ago. It comprises one hundred and sixty acres of excellent land two and a half miles south of the town of
Juniata and he operates the entire half section. His farm is equipped with all modern improvements and accessories
and constitutes one of the attractive features of the landscape. The spirit of enterprise has actuated Mr. Pedersen
in all that he has done and laudable ambition has been one of the strong features of his growing success. He was
born in Denmark, April 24, 1863, a son of Hans and Hannah Pedersen, who were likewise natives of that country.
They came to the United States in 1867, settling in Hartland, Wisconsin. Soon afterward the father died and the
mother later married again, becoming the wife of Ole Halverson. By her first marriage she had five children, namely:
Charles, who is deceased; Rosa, who is the wife of Rasmus Christensen, of Wisconsin; W. J., of this review; Anna,
who is the wife of Carson Stover and lives near Hastings, Nebraska; and one who died in infancy. There were no
children born of the second marriage, and Mrs. Halverson passed away about ten years ago.
W. J. Pedersen was only four years of age when brought by his parents to the new world. He acquired a common school
education but was early thrown upon his own resources and worked as a farm hand for his board and clothing until
he reached the age of sixteen years, when he began working by the month, receiving five dollars per month in the
summer, while in the winter season he worked for his board. He was employed in that capacity until 1881, spending
some time as a farm hand near Casselton, North Dakota. In 1885 he removed to Adams county, Nebraska, settling in
Juniata township, where he purchased eighty acres of land. About fourteen years ago he purchased his present property,
which is situated on section 26 of the same township. He owns three hundred and twenty acres, all in Juniata township,
and success is attending his well directed labor as a farmer. There were no improvements upon the place at the
time of his purchase but he erected a good house which was afterward destroyed by fire. In the summer of 1915 he
completed his present commodious and attractive residence, which is one of the fine farm houses of the township.
He has added all the barns and sheds necessary for the shelter of grain and stock and has secured the latest improved
machinery to facilitate the work of the fields. His life is a busy and useful one and excellent results follow
At the age of twenty seven years Mr. Pedersen was united in marriage to Miss Sarah E. Boulton, a sister of Edward
J. Boulton, of whom a sketch appears on another page of this work. To them have been born four children, namely:
Charles, Orta, Marcella and Waldemar, all at home.
In his political views Mr. Pedersen is a democrat yet does not feel himself bound by party ties and casts an independent
ballot if his judgment so dictates. Fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America at Juniata and
he and his wife are members of the Lutheran church. They have many warm friends in the community where they reside,
for their fidelity to duty and their sociability have gained for them the warm regard of those whom they have met.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
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