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Peter was born Per Olaf Andersson on March 30, 1866 near Sandarne, Sweden. Peter married Maria Kristina Hoglund in 1890. Maria was born on September 8, 1871. Peter was a lumberyard worker and in 1893, he signed up for a job swamping for the Holt Logging Company in the lumber camps in the United States. Leaving his pregnant wife and two year old son, he sailed to America in August of 1893.

Once Peter had saved up enough money for steerage passage, Maria sailed (August 1894) to New York with her toddler son and baby daughter to join her husband. Maria was a talented singer, an excellent housekeeper, and independent enough to make the difficult passage alone with her small children.

By 1897 they had three surviving children. Their son Edward and daughter Yarda (Gerda Kristina) who had made the trip from Sweden, and Lorns Henry, born in 1897. One other child, Anscent died at age one month in February 1896.

In 1899 Peter went to work as a copper miner with the Michigan Mining Company, in Rockland, Michigan.

In 1902 there was a late spring snowfall in Rockland. The whole town enjoyed the opportunity for night of snow sports. Maria was on a sled with her son Ed when the sled overturned and she was hurt. She died of her injuries that June.

Peter needed someone to take care of his children now aged 5 to 11. Maria's younger sister, Selma Kristina Hoglund, also had a problem. She was unmarried and pregnant back in Sweden. Peter sent for her and they were immediately married. her son, Peter Linus, was born in October of 1903.

Peter's ChildrenEdward 12
Yarda 9
Henry 8
Linus 6mo


Selma had another child, a daughter named Maria Wajola in March of 1906. Weakened with Consumption (Tuberculosis) Selma died four months later and the child died shortly thereafter, in September of 1906. A friend, a Mrs Motson then helped look after the children. Edward, now 15, also helped and worked in the closed copper mines with his father.

When Ed later married, both Peter and his son Linus continued to live with Ed and his wife.

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