Biography of Peter Aspengren
Saunders County, NE Biographies





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 cemetery.

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.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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