Written by Shirley Dunn. One in a collection by Allen Bachoroski, Local Historical Writer and author of “Tales Along the Highway of Legends”
This is a short synopsis of a very fine, and loving father, friendly to everyone, and beloved by many. My dad “Pete” Peterson. He was born March 2, 1893, in Pond Creek, Grant County, Oklahoma. At that time it was still Indian Territory. His father, a new immigrant from Sweden: John Adolf Peterson, age 27, who died three months later of rheumatic fever; and his mother Lustella Jane Hale, of Marion, Grant County, Indiana. His older brother, Nils Harvey Peterson, was born April 7, 1891 in Geuda Springs, Sumner, Kansas.
After his father’s untimely death on May 2, 1893, in Caldwell Springs, Sumner, Kansas. Lustella decided to move to Colorado, where her sister Viola Hale DelDosso resided in Longs Canyon, and her sister Mary Hale Johnson, who had married John Peterson’s first cousin, Holjer A. Johnson, resided near Aguilar, Colorado in another mining camp. They also lived in Tercio, Colorado where Lustella ran a boarding house, as she did in Longs Canyon. She was married briefly to John’s brother, Carl Gustaf, had a child who died, age one month. Then she met and married Calvin Hodges who was living in Tobasco, Colorado. They married February 21, 1902 in Raton. They later moved to Weston, Colorado where Cal ran the local saloon for many years.
Alfred and Harvey, managed to keep the family “in the air” with their many mischievous pranks. Both joined the service. Alfred joined at an early age. The three in the family bible was changed to two so he could join the Navy at age sixteen. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Albany from 1909 to 1913. He later served in the Army in Co F, 4th Engr. Division, 3rd Army 1917 to 1919, during the first World War. He married Kathryn Mae Reinoehl September 20, 1922 in Trinidad, Colorado. She was the daughter of Franklin P. and Ruth Ann Bridge Reinoehl of Starkville, and was the postmistress, and also worked for the Mason Candy Co. She designed the “M” for the candy company during the time she worked there.
Alfred worked for the Sinclair Refining Company for sixteen years, for don Kennedy. He and Kathryn “Katie” had a baby girl, Shirley Nadine, born November 18, 1925. They moved in 1942 to Reno, Nevada where he worked for the Government at Reno Air Force Base as a carpenter. He later worked for the Pearl Upson Transfer Co. He was critically injured on August 16, 1948 receiving a skull fracture and severe back injuries putting him in the Washoe General Hospital for three weeks. He later developed a serious kidney infection which almost took his life. He and Louise his second wife, returned to Trinidad in 1948. His first wife, Katie passed away on May 25, 1935 of perforated ulcers and he had remarried, Louise Turney on Aug 31, 1935 in Trinidad. She was the daughter of Charles and Alice Rebecca Todd Turney, of Rocky Ford, Colorado.
Alfred became the custodian of the Centennial Junior High School in 1948, and retired from there in 1958 A few years later, he and Louise moved to the Trinidad State Nursing Home, where he passed away on July 17, 1974 of an embolism after surgery. He interred in the IOOF Cemetery in Trinidad, Colorado. He was a member of the IOOF Lodge, and the Church of the Later Day Saints (Mormon) where he served as an Elder, Branch President of the Trinidad Branch.
Louise passed away May 29, 1985 of a stroke. She had been an invalid with rheumatoid arthritis for many years. She had been an R.N. and had a hobby of writing poetry, and music. She also interred in the IOOF Cemetery in Trinidad. She was a member of the Writer’s Guild and the Later Day Saints Church where she served as a pianist.
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