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Willie Peterson

This group is for gathering genealogical information on Willie Peterson and his family, both those who came before him and those who came after.

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William Peterson, son of August (Persson) Peterson was born in Germany (some say Schweiserchen) on 5 December 1885 (or 1878). He died on 9 November 1957 in Karlstad, MN.

Willie is most famous as the driver of the stagecoach "Kittie." The line ran from Stephen (now Marshall County) to Roseau with a halfway stop in Pelan. Willie always drove the stagecoach named “Kittie” (Karlstad 222), and, in the early years, he covered the leg from Stephen to Pelan, staying the night in Pelan and then driving back. “In 1909, the route between Karlstad and Greenbush comprised the shortest and the last official stagecoach route in America.” As the narrative reads, Willie was the driver of the Karlsad to Greenbush line at the time it was closed in 1909. (Karlstad 194) A primary source to document this would be great, but as it stands, it looks like Willie might have been the last official stagecoach driver in America! The Kittie is  now in the South Dakota Historical Society. See the link below.

Any help proving that Willie was the driver of the Karlstad to Greenbush line when it closed in 1909 would be very much appreciated. 

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William Peterson's Siblings

The Karstad book indicates that Willie had two siblings. At present I have some evidence for the following:Brother Edward (born 31 October 1881 Germany; died 27 March 1962 Crookston, MN) wife…Continue

Started by Nancy Gates Jan 16, 2013.

William Peterson's Immigration

Willie lists his immigration year anywhere from 1883 to 1889, depending on the census but most consistently 1888/9. According to the article on pages 435-436 of Karlstad, his father August “brought…Continue

Started by Nancy Gates Jan 16, 2013.

William Peterson's Father: August (Persson) Peterson

August (Persson) Peterson (born April 1842 in Sweden and died 24 January 1933 Crookston, MN) left Sweden as a young man and lived for a time in Germany where William and his siblings were born. Mrs.…Continue

Started by Nancy Gates Jan 16, 2013.

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