Peter Dahlman, who has lived in Saunders county for more than a third of a century, was long and successfully
identified with agricultural pursuits here but since 1911 has rented all of his land save ten acres in Stocking
township, where he resides on section 28. His birth occurred in Sweden on the 20th of April, 1847, his parents
being Eskil and Elna Pearson, who passed away in that country. He attended school until sixteen years of age and
during the following two years worked with his father at farm labor. Subsequently he was employed in an organ factory
until twenty five years of age and afterward was engaged in the manufacture of organs on his own account for five
or six years. In 1880, desirous of testing the truth of the many favorable reports which had reached him concerning
the opportunities and advantages of the new world, he emigrated to the United States and made his way direct to
Saunders county, Nebraska, purchasing eighty acres of railroad land in Stocking township. This he cultivated continuously
and successfully for many years, the fields annually yielding golden harvests as a reward for the care and labor
which he bestowed upon them. In 1911, however, he rented all except a ten acre tract, on which he keeps a few cows
and horses. During the first years of his residence in America he worked as a piano and organ tuner when not busy
on the farm. The prosperity which he now enjoys has come as the direct result of untiring industry, energy and
perseverance, and his record is that of one of Saunders county's substantial and representative citizens.
In 1880 Mr. Dahlman was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Eliason, her father being Elias Tevcson, of Sweden. To
them have been born four children, as follows: Iver, who married Emily Elmelund; Blanda, who gave her hand in marriage
to Joe Erickson; Martha, the wife of Ed Eliason; and Ebba, who is the wife of John Geanoplos.
At the polls Mr. Dahlman casts an independent ballot, always considering the capability of a candidate rather than
his party affiliation. His religious faith is that of the Swedish Lutheran church, and his influence is always
given on the side of right, progress, justice and truth.
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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