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Carrie Florence PETERSON

Female 1893 - 1985  (92 years)

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  • Name Carrie Florence PETERSON 
    Born 11 May 1893  Edwall, Lincoln, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Female 
    History Named after both grandmothers. Listed as Carrie Florence in the 1900 census, which also states she was born in May 1894. SSDI states card issued in Washington in 1963. Carrie picked her birthday as her wedding date so that Robert would only have to remember one date to celebrate. (from granddaughter Joyce Notson).  [7
    Social Security Number 532-46-0881 
    Buried Abt Jul 1985  Tonasket Cemetery, Tonasket, Okanogan, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • No headstone picture.
    Died 22 Jul 1985  Tonasket, Okanogan, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 8
    • Dear Carolyn,


      My mother Hannah Peterson told me there was a connection on my grandmother Anderson's side of the family - German by the name of Karetz. Grandfather Peter Anderson migrated to the USA as there was persecution when he became a christian and left the State Church (Lutheran). Also my father Gustaf Alfred Peterson also left Sweden in his early twenties for the same reason.
      I do not remember of my Mother speaking of any children older than brother Andrew. She was fond of him, and I thought he was the oldest. My mother was next, then Emma (married a man named Strum, divorced). Next Elias, then Anna or Annie last. All these visited in my girlhood home near or west of Medical Lake.
      My grandfather bought beautiful clothes in England for his wife when coming to America. On arrival in Minnesota, he was considered wealthy, having an ox team to transfer his goods and family to homestead in Minnesota. This was not long after the Civil War, so there were poor families from the south as neighbors. My mother as a small child had to stay in the cabin and care for a small sister while the mother, father and brother worked in the forest. The poor southern ladies used to stop at the cabin and ask to see Carrie's pretty dresses. They admired, felt of the material, but never was anything taken or asked for. This is just one of the stories I remember my mother telling me of those early days. There are others that come to mind too. Attending church services with the families of their neighbors in the log cabins, some so poor they had to hang a blanket over the door instead of a real door. The little children piled on the bed at the end of the cabin. Also, when Andrew started school, he had real bread sandwiches, the big children took them away from him. They only had a cob of corn to parch in the fireplace. Enough of stories...maybe you get the picture. Mother mentioned location Cokato, Dassel and Lake Elizabeth, but these are not clear in my mind when or where. This was Indian Territory then. In later years, the Anderson's moved to Minneapolis.
      My father was 38 years old, and my mother 18 when they married. This was in the location the family lived in Minneapolis. They came to Spokane, Washington in 1885, living in Spangle a year before buying a farm in Spokane County, west of Medical Lake. The three older children were born in Minneapolis.
      Hulda was married to Andrew Peterson Harold at the home place in Spokane County in 1903. The groom's name was originally Andrew Harold Peterson, but name was changed at the bride's request. I never knew Andrew's family except as you mention sisters Minnie and Nellie.
      I am the last survivor of my family and my husband, Robert S. Nelson, died in 1962. I still live on the home place in Okanogan County in the summertime, and visit with the different children's families in the winter. I love my old home and so do my children and grandchildren (21).
      At present, I am with daughter Marilyn Canfield in Spokane, Washington. Her husband is a retired Navy Chaplain, six children including a Korean adopted. The older daughter lives in Spokane and has a new little daughter which is my great granddaughter. After Thanksgiving, I am going to Wenatchee where Joyce Rhodes lives, she has 3 daughters, one married to a Baptist minister (Whitefish, Montana), they have one little baby boy. Another daughter Anne just graduated from college last summer. Then later I shall go to Lynden to be with my youngest, Carol Plagerman. Maybe before it's time to go home, I may visit my son Robert and his family in Salem, Oregon. His oldest daughter and two babies just moved to Salem from Lakeland, Florida. Barbara Notson in Seattle will receive a visit, too.
      So there with my faulty typing you have some of the picture. This is an electric typewriter and is not like the typewriter I have at home.
      Returning to early history, it was so interesting to me that you wrote. Back in the relationship you say there was an Ekman. I have a very dear youthful friend who calls me Mother. Her grandmother's name was Ekman. It would be such fun to find some connection. This girl's husband traced his antecedents through the wisdom at Salt Lake City. His early folks came from Scotland. This girl says all can be traced through Salt Lake -- I wonder.
      I'm sorry this is such a mess, but maybe you can make a little out of it. Do you remember when you visited us in Tonasket years ago? I gave you a little doll and some scraps of material, and you were going to sew as you travelled. Your little brother was ill when you visited - malaria, I believe.
      Some one told me a long time ago that Aunt Rose (Minneapolis) was trying to gather a family tree. It was through that telling that I heard of a professor in Uppsala Univ. in Sweden was a relative. You mention Clifford Anderson as a son of Elias and Rose. They had a daughter Margaret, older than the brother. They visited us when I was a child Oregon teenager.
      If there is anything further that I could help with, I'd be glad to, but I'd better send this as it is, or maybe it will never be corrected. I hear from Rose Johnson and also about Notson folks have been to Reno and talked to Richard. Another friend told the Notsons that one of Richard's daughters and 5 children had come home --- this is positively just heresay.
      I am 81 years old and the last of my family as I told you. I loved my Mother dearly -- and all my family. Aunt Hulda was very good to me as well as all the others. I should like to know the name of your tiny daughter. I have a picture of you, your husband, your mother and your father. You're in your bridal dress. Now, one more thing. Your Aunt and Uncle from Jamaica stayed overnight with us once. That Auntie was beautiful.
      Please excuse jumble, but I will never write this over again. Love to you and yours --

      Sincerely, Aunt Florence Nelson
      Dated - 14 Nov 1976

      1903 Fifth - Wenatchee, Washington. 98801
      Dear Little Carolyn (as I remember you),

      Thank you for writing me such a lovely letter -- it just thrills me that you are interested in "ancestors" for I'm afraid my children are living in too much of the NOW. Anyway, I believe I can answer some of your questions and maybe you have the ability to visualize the picture a bit better. How wonderful that you are interested, and while I do not have false pride ( at least I don't believe), yet we have much to be happy about in relationships. Especially when we see how conditions are changing and there is much to be deplored in the world.
      As to your grandmother, Huldah Harold, I could almost write a book about her -- she was a wonderful person -- and in memory I wish I could paint a picture of what a life she had. She, being the oldest in the family, and myself being a mere infant in comparison... well, the picture might be somewhat distorted. My father named her for his favorite niece, Huldah Nelson. (Huldah Nelson was a maiden lady - hard of hearing, very gentle when I saw her in California in her later years. Had a letter from her once and she said she prayed every day for each and every relative - known and unknown. Wasn't that a wonderful heritage?)
      I'm not sure if my Mother was born in Sweden, but was an infant when they came to this country if she was. She never mentioned anything about their reaction to the new land as they moved to Iowa first, I believe. My father and his brother stopped in Illinois. The ox team I mentioned before, I think, was bought in St. Paul or Minneapolis, to transport their household goods to the homestead. My mother spoke of that, dates I do not know.
      I was told that my father's mother was Carrie (named after both grandmothers), but I know nothing of her. My father and his brother worked in the mines, their education was to read to the Priest. That is what I was told. Also he spoke of skating to this school --- the province he came from was "Osterjutland", so I presume it was near the coast. His sisters - one in the midwest and Gustava in Minneapolis. Her son, Andrew Nelson, lived in Spokane for years and I remember being with my folks to dinner in their home. His wife's body was found in the Spokane River -- very despondent over the thought of losing her eyesight.
      When my parents and their babies came to Spokane, it was only an Indian Village. My mother, evidently hearing of the Minneapolis uprising, said she feared all night they would be scalped. None of the Minneapolis relatives came with them. I never saw my Grandmother Anderson, Aunt Emma (with whom she lived), nor Aunt Ann until I was a teenager - maybe 14 years when they came to Spokane. Grandfather Anderson had been gone a long time, but I can't tell you the date. I remember seeing my Mother crying when she got the message. No wire - just a letter - and they only got the mail at Medical Lake twice a week.
      My father had the opportunity of calling himself Pearson or Peterson -- his older brother took that name too -- lived near or neighbor to us and seemed very dependent on my father. My father was the younger of the two and Uncle Andrew never married - last illness in our home (Bright's Disease) and was buried from our home in country cemetery near Medical Lake. I was just a little girl and remember of picking flowers (wild flowers) to put on his coffin. I was maybe six years old.
      Your father Kenneth has it correct -- it was my father's desire to be a preacher and in the pioneer country, he conducted funeral services, visited the sick and helped so many in distress. But oh, little as I was, I hated testimony meetings when he talked, for he had a sense of humor and cheer, and when folks laughed, I thought they laughed at him. I always pretended to sleep so I should not be so embarrased. Long, long time ago.
      We lived on our farm west of Medical Lake till I was a grown girl - then my father bought a home in Spokane for my sister Genevieve and me. She attended Whitworth College and I worked in an office downtown. My parents still lived on the farm. Genevieve Lillian died in her early twenties. She had taught school one year I believe. I may not have dates right, but they are at least approximate. My parents were Baptist - in fact were charter members of the Broadway Baptist Church which is still in Spokane. At the farm in the country, there were different denominations that travelled and held meetings in a country church. Before the church, they used to conduct Sunday School in the home. Family devotions morning and evening were the usual thing in my home - father conducting.
      After my father died, my mother lived with Aunt Emily part of the time, and part of the time with me at Tonasket. It is interesting to remember that in her childhood she had ridden behind an ox team and lived to see the day when young Notson, a grandson, flew his plane to Tonasket when she was living with me. My mother passed away in the hospital at Tonasket -- she was about 78. She had been crippled, with what I think might have been polio as a child - one ankle was not right. All those pioneer years she limped. That is one reason her parents thought she should marry instead of getting higher education that she wished for so much and her beloved brother Andrew so wished for her. Her parents were very fond of my father and probably thought it was safer to be married to a good man. (My thought) Your father speaking of the broken leg probably got it mixed with a story of my Grandmother Anderson - had a leg injury from childhood - bone damage that never healed - and as long as she lived had to have medication - she did not limp though. I hope you are a writer or maybe I've read too many fiction stories for it is amazing what the pioneers endured and still had useful lives.
      About your Grandmother Huldah, as I said before she was a very outstanding person. Life was not easy, and when she was 13 years old - bad depression - she was hired as a nursegirl for a Doctor's family in Spokane. Then she worked in various homes as a maid when a young girl. This was in Spokane, and of course, she would could home to the ranch were we lived occasionally. At one time she and Aunt Emily attended Cheney Normal. As the story goes, she saved money that should have gone for board as she wished teen finery. At last her health broke and she had to come home. They said she had TB and while I was a child I remember she was under doctor's care and had a special diet until she recovered.
      She was headstrong - what I would say brilliant - very brave. She painted real well, was musical, learned to play the guitar, sang in quartets and was active in the Baptist Church in Spokane. All this time in her teens and working in various homes. I just can't show you the picture, but I was always so thrilled in my little girl way when she came home, as she always brought a beautiful doll that came from her earned wages. She always had boyfriends, and sister Emily was bossed or directed by her so she chose her boyfriends. The one she had before she went to Dahlblom's sawmill to work was much opposed to by our parents. She was rebellious and said the first man she met at the mill she would marry. The man she met there and married was Andrew Peterson Harold - bookkeeper, timekeeper and manager of the store. They were married in our ranch home and went back to the mill in the mountains. I might add that the other girl at the mill at the time Huldah was there was named Rose Neckley. Hence the first baby the Harolds had was named Rose. I was a little 11 year old girl when I went on the train to visit them at the mill, and they had an apartment above the store. I had my big doll with me and had a glorious time with the family of little boys at the mill. This mill was not at Colville, but between Springdale and the next station. Later they moved to Spokane. The home you saw on Augusta was not the latest home they had -- your father could tell you they had a big lovely home in Browne's addition.
      Aunt Emily Killin was also married at our ranch home west of Medical Lake. I had a very nice visit with Vivian Moller when I was in Spokane now. She had your letter and was very interested in the past. She and Rose Johnson were my two oldest nieces. Rose, too, was a very capable person and has had a difficult time with Joe being ill. I must write to Rose one of these days.
      About pictures or photos. I'm quite sure I have a good photo of your Grandmother Huldah and Andrew Harold at home in Tonasket. Also I had a big beautiful photo of Richard's wedding party in Oak Park, Illinois. That photo of your Grandmother and Andrew Harold is lovely. It is especially good of Huldah. I have snaps of groups that we have mentioned too. However, I do not plan to be home until spring comes. (That is providing I feel OK!) I would sure send them to you if I were there. Our ranch home west of Medical Lake was burned before we had moved all our things to the city. How I would love to have thoses old photos, but they are gone. We do have our old family photo, and I think Carol has one.
      What a hodge-podge this letter is, and I hope I've answered some of your questions. I came here last Saturday evening with the Rhodes - their oldest daughter is married to a fine young Baptist minister in Whitefish, Montana. Hunter met us in Spokane to take Carolyn and her baby boy home after a week's vacation here in Wenatchee.
      Marilyn's daughter Jan, and little baby Jennifer Lyn, are flying to Maine tomorrow where they plan to make their home. They have been in Spokane for two years - Jan's father is a retired Navy Chaplain and is ministering at a Presbyterian Church in Spokane. We had 27 at Thanksgiving dinner at Marilyn's as the Caldwells, Jan's relatives, came from California. Caldwell Sr. is also a retired Navy Chaplain. They had a beautiful baby dedication service for Jennifer Lyn and both the Grandpas took part in it. The baby was given a "Christening" robe 100 years old that was given by a friend. It really was a dedication service - no Christening.
      Young Jeff drove back to Maine so he is there now. They have many relatives there. Jan and Jeff had been married five years before this baby came, they just love her so much. All the family has been handling her and Jan just loves to have her admired -- took her every place we went.
      Now I am afraid this jumble will be hard to decipher -- typographical errors and all, but maybe there will be a little interest and a lot of understanding on your part so I will not rewrite and correct.
      Thank you so much for being interested. Soon a Merry Christmas to you and yours.

      Love to all,

      Signed: Aunt Florence
      Dated: 8 Dec 1976 [7, 9]
    Person ID I381  Reid Family | Lynn's side of the family
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2017 

    Father Gustaf Alfrid PETERSSON,   b. 9 Jan 1846, Borg, Gryt, Östergötlands län, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1930, Spokane, Spokane, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Hannah ANDERSON,   b. 10 Aug 1863, Skåne, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1943, St. Martin's Hospital, Tonasket, Okanogan, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 20 Jun 1881  Lake Elizabeth, Kandiyohi, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Peterson Gustaf A.-1846 Family
    Peterson Gustaf A.-1846 Family
    Back Row (left to right): Amon-1889, Hulda-1882, Wallace-1890, Julius (Jerry)-1885, Emily-1883
    Front Row: Carrie-1893, Gustaf-1846, Genevieve-1898, Hannah-1863
    Taken about 1903.
    Family ID F266  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Robert Samuel NELSON, D.V.M.,   b. 12 Apr 1890, Kerkhoven, Swift, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1962, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 11 May 1919  Okanogan Co., Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Robert Allen NELSON,   b. 13 Feb 1921, Oroville, Okanogan, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 2009, Tierra Rose Nursing Home, Salem, Marion, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     2. Joyce Virginia NELSON,   b. 18 Dec 1922, Tonasket, Okanogan, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 2007, Wenatchee, Chelan, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +3. Adele ‘Barbara’ NELSON,   b. 5 Jul 1927, Tonasket, Okanogan, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1994, Tukwila, King, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     4. Marylin Ann NELSON,   b. 18 Aug 1929, Tonasket, Okanogan, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 2015, Seattle, King, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     5. Carol Dorothy NELSON,   b. 2 Dec 1931, Tonasket, Okanogan, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Monumenta Cemetery, Lynden, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F287  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 May 1893 - Edwall, Lincoln, Washington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 May 1919 - Okanogan Co., Washington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Jul 1985 - Tonasket, Okanogan, Washington Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Peterson, Carrie Florence-1893
    Peterson, Florence Carrie-1893
    Peterson Gustaf A.-1846 Family
    Peterson Gustaf A.-1846 Family
    Back Row (left to right): Amon-1889, Hulda-1882, Wallace-1890, Julius (Jerry)-1885, Emily-1883
    Front Row: Carrie-1893, Gustaf-1846, Genevieve-1898, Hannah-1863
    Taken about 1903.
    Peterson, Carrie Florence-1893 (~1903)
    Peterson, Carrie Florence-1893 (~1903)
    Taken about 1903.

  • Sources 
    1. [S202] Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

    2. [S237] United States Federal Census, Fancher Precinct, Spokane, Washington; Enumeration District #55, Pg. 10B.

    3. [S238] United States Federal Census, Española, Spokane, Washington; Enumeration District #137, Pg. 23B.

    4. [S239] United States Federal Census, Molson, Okanogan, Washington; Enumeration District #87, Pg. 2B.

    5. [S240] United States Federal Census, Tonasket, Okanogan, Washington; Enumeration District #24-56, Pg. 6A.

    6. [S241] United States Federal Census, Tonasket, Okanogan, Washington; Enumeration District #24-65, Pg. 2B.

    7. [S11] Letter to Carolyn Sherman, from Florence Nelson (her Aunt).

    8. [S386] Washington Death Index.

    9. [S12] Letter to Carolyn Sherman, from Florence Nelson (her Aunt).