BIOGRAPHY - Andrew Peterson

ANDREW PETERSON, born at Stro parish, Skane, Dec. 7, 1864, came over from Sweden in October, 1881. He has a common school education from the old country and attended public school for some time in this country. He has lived for some time at Gibson City and Chicago, respectively, serving as a trustee and Sunday school superintendent of local Swedish Lutheran churches.

Mr. Peterson is a successful horticulturist, owning a greenhouse worth $8,000 in Paxton and one at Hoopeston, valued at $10,000, the latter being one of the finest in the state. He makes a specialty of carnations and roses, and ships flowers to almost every state in the Union and to Canada. Nine years ago he started in as a florist in a humble way at Paxton, but business increased rapidly, necessitating extensions at home and warranting him, three years later, in building a branch establishment larger than the original plant.

April 11, 1896, at Chicago, Mr. Peterson was married to Mathilda Johnson, born in Kalmar, Sweden, Dec. 7, 1861.

Extracted 28 Jan 2017 by Norma Hass from History of Swedes of Illinois, published in 1908, Volume 2, page 191.

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