Peter Aspengren, a well known farmer of Itichland precinct, was born in Sweden on the 9th of November, 1856.
His father, Nils A. Aspengren, was also a native of that country and his birth occurred on the 9th of July, 1822.
As a boy he attended the common schools and subsequently gave his attention to agricultural pursuits. In 1869 he
emigrated to the United States and first settled in Minnesota, whence not long afterward he came to Saunders county,
Nebraska. He homesteaded eighty acres of land and later bought one hundred and sixty acres of railroad land, which
he placed under cultivation as fast as possible. When he first came to this county he preempted a claim twelve
miles south of Fremont but as it was too far from the location of his friends he gave it up and filed on the homestead
where he continued to reside until called by death. He was an energetic and efficient farmer, and the sale of his
crops and stock yielded him a good financial return. He was married in Sweden in 1853 to Miss Bengta Johnson, who
did not come to this country until three years after her husband had located here. They were the parents of three
children: Andrew, who was born September 12, 1854, and died April 21, 1915, came to the United States with his
father and at the time of his death was living on the old homestead. Peter of this review is the next in order
of birth. Elna married Hans Hallberg and is now living a half mile east and a half mile south of the old homestead.
The wife and mother died on the 16th of September, 1880. The death of the father occurred on the 28th of December,
1908, and both are buried at Swedeburg. He was a republican until within a few years of his death, when he began
to vote an independent ticket. For six years he was secretary of the Swedish Lutheran church and on the organization
of the Swedish Mission church at Swedeburg he became identified therewith and from that time until 1902 served
as its secretary. He was a man of enterprise and good judgment and although he relied solely upon his own resources
he gained a gratifying measure of prosperity.
Peter Aspengren attended school in Sweden until he was about eleven years of age and after coming to the United
States with his father in 1869 he was a student in the schools of Saunders county for two winters. He then worked
with his father until 1894, when he bought one hundred and twenty acres of good land from the latter and began
farming on his own account. He has since sold forty acres of his farm to a neighbor but still cultivates the remaining
eighty acres. He is very practical in his methods, and his well directed labor is rewarded by excellent crops.
He also engages in stock raising to some extent and finds that phase of his business also profitable.
Mr. Aspengren was married on the 28th of February, 1899, to Miss Hannah Erickson, a daughter of John Erickson,
a native of Sweden, who emigrated to the United States in 1881. To our subject and his wife were born three children,
Oscar, Linus and Bertha, all of whom are attending the public schools. Mrs. Aspengren passed away on the 2d of
September, 1909, and her memory is still cherished by those who knew her intimately. She is buried in the Swedeburg
Mr. Aspengren is a liberal democrat, supporting that party as a rule but on occasion casting an independent ballot.
He is affiliated with the Swedish Mission church of Swedeburg and was for some time a Sunday school teacher. For
many years the name of Aspengren has been associated with the development of Saunders county, and he has played
his part as well in his day as did his father before him.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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