Nels Peterson (1884 - 1954)

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Birth

in Minnesota United States

Death

on in Salinas, Monterey County, California United States

Cause of death

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Burial / Funeral

at Santa Cruz Memorial Park, in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California United States

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Family

Partner: Chrystal Hazel (Lowder) Peterson
Children with Chrstal: Nels Chester Peterson and Florence Chrystal

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Professions

Worked at cardboard box company in Seattle, where he met his wife. Eventually owned dry cleaners and tool and die factories

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Military Service

Registered for the WWI draft, but never served

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Ethnicity

Norwegian

Nationality

USA

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Gender

Male

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1884 - In the year that Nels Peterson was born, on August 5th, the cornerstone for the base of the Statue of Liberty - a gift from the people of France - was laid. 120,000 people - most donations were $1 - donated to the completion of the base. An 1883 poem by Emma Lazarus was also written to raise funds. That poem was included in the base of the statue and is well known today. The most famous phrase: "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

1893 - When he was only 9 years old, on February 1st, Thomas Edison's motion picture studio on his laboratory grounds in West Orange New Jersey was completed. The studio was called "Black Maria" and the first movie made and viewed in it was of 3 people pretending to be blacksmiths.

1899 - Nels was merely 15 years old when on February 4th, the Philippine–American War began. The Philippines objected to the Treaty of Paris, signed in 1898, that transferred possession of the Philippines from Spain to the U.S. Filipinos began a fight for independence and fighting between U.S. forces and those of the Philippine Republic broke out. On June 2nd, the Philippines officially declared war on the United States.

1942 - When he was 58 years old, due to World War II, automobile production in the United States was stopped on February 1st. A tire rationing program had begun the month before. Detroit - the main hub of car manufacturing - was ordered to free up assembly lines for military production. The president of the Automobile Manufacturers Association said “The automotive industry is in this war all the way". Some dealerships had to close and others expanded their repair shops. The used car market boomed (as did a black market in used cars).

1954 - In the year of Nels Peterson's passing, on May 17th, the Supreme Court released a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling stated that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration in schools.

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Santa Cruz Sentinal , Wednesday September 22, 1954, page 12: Santa Cruz Man Dies At Salinas The body of a Santa Cruz man, Nels Peterson, believed to have resided at 217 Coulson Avenue, was found in the back seat of his car in front of a Salinas hotel yesterday morning. Monterrey county Coroner Elmer Machado tentatively made the identification, and said Peterson apparently had been dead about a week. He is survived by a wife, Chrystal, and a daughter. (Segment fails to note that Nels Peterson also had a son, Nels Chester Peterson Junior. Also does not note his 5 grandchildren at the time)

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