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Transcribed biography of Caleb Peterson

CALEB PETERSON. Among the most solid and substantial residents of Porter county, Caleb Peterson is always numbered. Sturdy and self-reliant, he has by his own unaided efforts won a competency from the soil. Mr. Peterson is a native of Ohio, May 2, 1850, being his natal day. He was a son of Henry and Elizabeth (Foltz) Peterson. The family came to Porter county, Indiana, about 1854, and the father died the following year. His wife survived him until July, 1867. They were the parents of five children, the three now living being Ellen, wife of M. Clark; Eve, wife of John Doyle; and the subject.

Caleb Peterson was but four years old when he came to Porter county. He attended the district school in winter as a boy and in the summer time worked on the farm. He married Ida A. Weidner in January, 1884. She was born in Wabash county, Indiana, October 6, 1863, a daughter of George W. and Mary (Correll) Weidner. The former was born at North Manchester, and the latter was a native of Pennsylvania. The family moved to Fulton county in 1866.

Mr. and Mrs. Peterson are the parents of six children, namely: Florence M., born in December, 1884, is the wife of J. Q. Prentiss; Edith, born December 4, 1893, spent two years in the Jackson township high school and is at home; Anna, born November 6, 1895, also had two years' education in the Jackson township high school; Anthony, born February 23, 1900, is in the sixth grade of the public schools; and Harry, born February 20, 1902, is in the fifth grade; Stella, deceased, was born April 26, 1886, and died July 16, 1910. She was the wife of Otto Ritter, a resident of Washington township and a farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Ritter had two children, Anna Louise and Robert A., but both are also deceased.

In politics Mr. Peterson is a Republican, and his interest in the party is not dormant but an active one. He is a close student of men and affairs and keeps well posted on national as well as local matters. He resides on a splendid farm in section 33 of Jackson township, and his estates cover 370 acres in this section and also in sections 29 and 32. In addition to the natural pleasure that accompanies the possession of such large and valuable sweep of agricultural area there is the satisfaction to Mr. Peterson of realizing that it was his own work and economical management which enabled their acquisition.

Mr. and Mrs. Peterson possess the high regard of their acquaintances and friends, an esteem which they merit by unswerving fidelity on their part. They are never happier than when mingling with those of their environment and their lives have been crowned with success and happiness.

Source: Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. History of Porter County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People and its Principal Interests. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. 881 p.
Page(s) in Source: 772-773

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