Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mr. and Mrs. Elias Pederson]
Mr. & Mrs. Elias Pederson
Blue Mounds, Wis.
April 8, 1936
Mr. Pederson was born in 1849 south of Arena on the banks of the Wisconsin river in a little house his father had built from driftwood from the salvage of the lumber industry of that period when logs were floated down the river from the northern [pineries?] to saw milles. His father, Nelse Pederson, come to Wisconsin in 1848 from Valders, Norway. His mother was born at Telemarken, Norway. They were hardy pioneers in Wisconsin. Mr. Pederson's grandfather also come from Norway and Lived in Wisconsin many years. His name was Ivan (i Huset) Pederson. He later resided in North Dakota where he died at the age of 99 years, 6 months and 4 days. To illustrate some of the power of endurance that was found in most of these hardy Norsemen, it is well to relate that on the day before Ivan Pederson's death he had walked to Fargo, a distance of ten miles from his home, and back, making a total of twenty miles that day. His people believed the long walk hasted his death for he was extremely tired when he returned and took his final sleep peacefully several hours later.
Mr. Pederson recalls in the days before the Civil War, when he, as a child of nine or ten years old, plowed the fields with oxen and assisted his parents with the general farm work. In winter he hauled ties for
He wore [high leather?] boots, call [“stuvler?].”