Severson, Peter S. (History - 1890)


Janet Schwarze





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

PETER S. SEVERSON, manager of the Pleasant Ridge Creamery in Grant Township, was born at Black River Falls, Feb. 12, 1890, son of Iver and Ida (Peterson) Severson. The father, Iver, was born in Norway and came to the United States about 1875, with his parents, he being then about 11 years old. A sister, Marie, completed the family, but later another child, Rena, was born in Jackson County, Wis., where they settled, Iver's father, whose name was Sever, finding employment in a sawmill at Rudds. Later they removed to a place, or homestead, near Black River, in Irving Township and began pioneer farm life in a log cabin, using oxen for breaking the land. After three years in that place, however, Sever and his wife went to live with their daughter, Rena, who had married Oscar Olson of Black River. Peter S. Severson's education was obtained in the district school and high school in Albin Township, Jackson County, Wis. He began industrial life in the woods, where he worked for a number of winters, soon after, however, becoming an employee of the creamery at Irving, where he gained his first knowledge of butter making and other dairy work. To increase his knowledge he attended the dairy school at Madison, where he was graduated in 1910. For the next two years he made practical use of his knowledge as manager of the Ellis Creek Creamery Company at Green Bay, Wis.


From there he came to the Pleasant Ridge Creamery in Grant Township, Clark County, 1913, and since then has made improvements in the plant and improved the quality and increased the quantity of the out-put. Mr. Severson is a member of the Scandinavian Lutheran Church. He was married, Jan. 30, 1913, to Lena Larson, of Northfield Township, Jackson County, Wis., and has one child, Perry, who was born July 4, 1914.



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