Notes about Martin Peters by his daughter Anna (Peters) Cook

Additional information from Anna Cook follows below Notes


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The below from above notes and other information sources from Anna Cook

My father paid the mortgage on his parents home so it was clear and passed to John Peters after Thomas Peters died. Then when John died it passed on to present Martin Peters who was named for my dad Martin Christian Peters.

This present owner has six children. The home place will go to youngest son - Gerd. when present Martin dies.

He came to America when he was 17 years old. Borrowed passage money from his dad to come. Come to Schleswig, IA., to friends there. He worked as a hired hand for 3 to 4 years. First, he worked on a farm as a hired hand for 2 years, was not paid and food was poor. Last man he worked for was Jurgen (Bill) Jensen (Anna La Franze's parents) who was very good to him, got paid, good food, and taught him farming. Mrs. was a good cook who fed him well.

He played the accordian well. Played for house dances. He played for a dance in Iowa at Andrew Kahler who was a half brother of Jim Bruhn. There he met Lena Leuenhagen. She was visiting her sister, Mrs. Andrew Kahler. They met at the dance and then corresponded by mail. Her family moved from Iowa to Morriville, Knox County, NE by covered wagon. Lena lived with her parents on a farm near Morriville, Knox County, NE. Then Martin Peters came to Morriville the next spring. They were married at Pierce, NE. Attendents were Fred Soost and Emma Claussen (his wife). A traveling minister married them, no church then, pioneers. First farm rented was near Randolph where Anna Lena Peters was born.

In 1906 or 1907 he had an offer to sell the farm to a prize fighter, a Mr. Joe Stacker. He was paid spot cash for all as the man wanted to invest his money. He got $100.00 per acre and moved to Bloomfield, NE.

He played the accordian until World War I started. This made him so sad that he gave away his accordian to his brother-in-law Willie Levenhagen.

Eventually, he bought a ranch on the White River at Murdo, South Dakota and moved there.

During World War 2 they moved to Alhambra, CA.

Last years there were happy.

The Peters family in Germany says he went to the USA on 16 Apr 1889 and returned for a visit to Germany in 1900.


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