Chris Petersen


Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Nazareth Danish Lutheran church for Chris Petersen whose death came on Wednesday, March 26, (1930) at his home on College Avenue and Oak Street. The cause of his death was spasmodic asthma. He was 81 years and ten months old at the time of his death.

The Rev. J. J. Lerager, pastor of the Nazareth church, officiated at the funeral, which was largely attended. Pallbearers were P. J. Peterson, I. Martin Peterson, J. P. Anderson, Peter Hansen, Peter Thompson and Ole K. Thompson. Burial was in Oakland cemetery.

Mr. Petersen was born in Vejle, Denmark, on May 25, 1848. He was in military training in Denmark at age of 18 years and in 1871 married Anna Sophia Frederickson who died ten years later. To this union three children were born, the only surviving child being Nels Christensen, now living at Rock Springs, Wyoming.

On March 21, 1883 he took his second wife Miss Mette Jensen, who preceded him in death only two years ago. At the time of their marriage they came to America locating at Oxford, New Jersey, and later moving to Minnesota. From That time they have made their home in and near Hutchinson.

Seven children were born to this union, all of whom are surviving and were at the bedside. They are Sophus of Superior, Wis.; John N. of Silver Lake; Chris M. of Minneapolis; Hans M., Mrs. Elmer Miller (Martha) and the Misses Anna and Marie, all of Hutchinson. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren.

People from out of town who attended the funeral were the eldest son Nels Christensen of Rock Springs, Wyoming; Mr. And Mrs. Sophus Petersen and two sons Marinus and Carl of Superior, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. John N. Petersen and two sons Richard and Kenneth of Silver Lake; Mr. and Mrs. Chris M. Peterson and two daughters, Mildred and Evelyn of Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Oistad, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Oistad and Melvin Meyer of St. Paul, and Mr. and Mrs. Jens Juul of Litchfield.

Petersen leaves many friends to regret his passing. He was employed for many years as caretaker of the Citizens Bank building but retired from active labor three years ago. He was a member of the Danish Nazareth Lutheran church and also of the Danish Brotherhood of America and was always an active worker in both organizations until the time of his death.

submitted by Carl C. Bloomquist
source and date unknown

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