Rasmussen, Peter (History - 1860)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin

                         Mr. & Mrs. Peter Rasmussen

PETER RASMUSSEN, a well-to-do agriculturist of Thorp Township, was born in Denmark, Oct. 28, 1860, son of Hans and Annie Rasmussen, his father, a shoemaker by trade, dying in Denmark, 1885, and the mother in 1884. Peter came to America in 1882, locating first in Marshfield, Wis., where he worked two years in the sawmills, and then on farms until 1885. In that year he settled in Withee Township, Clark County, buying two acres of wild land, which he cleared and improved, selling it in 1897. During the next two years he resided in Thorp Village and then bought his present place of eighty acres in Section 29, Thorp Township, on which he has made all the improvements, having cleared all the land but nine acres. In 1913, he built a barn, 36 by 72, with stone basement and stalls for twenty head of cattle, three box stalls and accommodations for six head of horses. Mr. Rasmussen is raising graded Holsteins, milking fifteen cows and also marketing some hogs. His horses are of the Percheron breed, and his principal crops hay, corn and oats.


On Aug. 9, 1889, Mr. Rasmussen was united in marriage with Annie Anderson, who was born in Sweden, Oct. 14, 1870, daughter of Ben and E., Cather:ine (Burns) Anderson, who spent the span of their years in Sweden. Her father, a miller, was born in 1821, and died in 1887. The mother was born in 1825, and died in 1888. The daughter Annie, came to America in 1888, locating in Thorp, where she became acquainted with Mr. Rasmussen. Of their marriage eleven children have been born: Ida, Sept. 3, 1890, now Mrs. Jens Gorden, of Stanley, Wis. Elsie, Aug. 14, 1892, wife of L. Robinson, of Stanley Axel, Feb. 9, 1894, who is a National Army man, as cook in Company B, 5th Engineers Carl, Jan. 24, 1898, who is a resident of Minnesota Walter, March 20, 1901, Robert, May 22, 1903 Everett, Dec. 11, 1905 Mabel, June 11, 1908, and Mildred, Nov. 22, 1912, all of whom are residing at home George, born Nov. 10, 1896, who died Nov. 18, 1906, and Leland, born Dec. 19, 1898, who died March 26, 1899. Ida has one child, Wilfred, born June 5, 1914, and Elsie has two children, Bernice, born June 7, 1912, and De Forest, born, Jan. 22, 1915.



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