Peter L. Nielsen: Life Sketch
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Live Sketch of Peter L. Nielsen written by Violet Nielsen, a daughter in the 1940s and 1950s and retyped by Linda LuRee Ottley Rich, a Niece-in-law married to Peter’s grandson Douglas Nielsen Rich, February 24, 2018.
On October 29, 1866, in Orslev, Praesto, Denmark, Peter L. Nielsen was born to Christen Nielsen and Karen Evelyn Sophia Evelina Larsen Nielsen. He was the second son in the family, his brother has then being seven years of age. His father had been a soldier in the war of 1863-64 between Denmark and Germany. His childhood until he was four years old was spent in Orslev where his parents had a farm. When he was four years of age his father, after hearing the Mormon Elders and corresponding with friends in America, decided to come to America.
His parents sold their home and farm in Denmark that they might start on their way to America. In all probability they left in the interest of Mormonism, although Hans states they didn't join the Church in denmark since his father wanted to wait until he saw the Mormons, or Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints, in Utah. After their home was sold, the family moved to what Hans (who was then eleven years old) recalled as "Ontrop" close to Copenhagen and rented a little place there. Christen worked for a gardener a short time until the date of departure to sail with a company of Mormons assembled for the journey. Hans recalled being sea sick on the North Sea as they traveled on their way to England. On arriving in England (probably Partrington) they crossed England by rail to get to the place from which they sailed (Liverpool).
The Nielsen family crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a company, as Mormon immigrants. A Mormon missionary served as the Captain whose name was Niels Christian Edlefsen. Hans remembered getting along all right on the boat and not being sea sick on the Atlantic as he was on the North Sea. Peter, however, was sick during the crossing as was his mother.
Travel in 1870 was not very comfortable and it was thought they came on a sailing vessel. They slept in wooden bunks, one lower and one above. Food was served to them on the boat, such as soup, sometime hard tack (made like a cracker). On arriving in New York in the fall of 1870, they continued as a company all the way to Ogden, Utah going directly from the boat to the train. They changed trains at Omaha, Nebraska, and then came on to Ogden. This was the first year the companies came as far north as Ogden by rail. Hans remembered crossing the continent in the rough immigrant cars provided. The seats were similar to those now used - two seats facing each other so that Christen his wife and sons were together. The seats were made into beds at night and another bunk was brought down from the top of the car, as they dropped down and was swung up in the daytime. There were no uphosterings on the seats, as they were just made of wood. Hans remembered parents were sociable with the other immigrants and that his parents stood the trip quite well and took care of their sons.The family on the train used their own bedding which they had brought with them from Denmark and which they had used on the ship also. He can recall the family had to lug that around when they changed trains.
From Ogden, the family came by team to Brigham City Utah, a community north of Ogden. Members of the Mormon Church had been called to meet the train and bring the immigrant families to their destinations so the Nielsens came by team and wagon to Brigham city. From there to Wellsville, Utah, still farther north, they traveled by a team of oxen. From Wellsville they came with a team of horses to Logan, Utah. At Wellsville Hans remembered the settlers there brought them some ear of corn to eat and the Nielsens didn't know what to do with it, as it was the first time they had seen corn. This was probably only one of the many new things this family and other families from the Old Countries encountered in this new land, and it is easy to realize how strange they felt, being alo unable to speak the American language but it is hoped they had great joy in knowing they had actually arrived in that glorious land of America and in knowing they were among the earlier settler of the vast West, with its many opportunities before them. It took three days to travel from Ogden to Logan, a distance of about fifty miles. Such was young Peter's entrance into his future home in Logan, Cache Valley.
Peter's father Christen, had in mind going to Bear Lake County which was some distance from Logan, north and east, as he had been corresponding with some friends from Denmark and they had settled there, so he intended to join them. On arriving in Logan, however, he met Magnus Larsen, also a friend he had known in Denmark, and he told Christen that he had been to Bear Lake and the climate was much colder than in Logn and that wheat couldn't be raised there, so Christen Nielsen and family settled in Logan.
They first lived in Swen Carlson's granary. Mr. Carlson was the father of Joseph, Nephi (Swen), Nels, and James Carlson. Homes were scarce and the settlers shared such space with the new immigrants as they had to offer. However, they did not stay there long, as it was early fall and they remained until Mr. Carlson harvested his grain then had to move out. Hans does not recall whether they had chairs or table and what other furniture there was, but little cooking was done.
During the fall of 1870, Christen had gotten logs from Logan Canyon and built a house. Hans stated Niels Bergeson probably helped build it. It was located on a one-acre lot on the east side of the road on Second West Street between 2nd and 3rd North Street, and across the street from the future John Quayle home. The house was on the south side of the lot and a straw shed was on the north side. The house had two small rooms. Hans nailed some boards for beds, and they used straw ticks for mattresses. These were made of heavy material sewed together with an opening in which straw from the newly harvested wheat was put in and then the opening sewed together. Candles were used for lights, but they had glass windows. This was Peter's first home in America.
Christen Nielsen bought some land, cows, and chickens as soon as possible. Little else was done during that first winter, as there was not much which could be done. The family lived in their new little log home in Logan and became accustomed to their new friends, country, mode of living and made plans for the future.
When spring came, Christen started to farm the land he had purchased. The farmland was located in the north part of town following the canal. He didn't plow all of it. His other land (hay and pasture) was located in the swamps north and west of where he lived.
The houses were on each city lot, and many good neighbors and friends were near such as "Cooper" Petersen (father of James Petersen Sr), Swen Carlson, and Hans Anderson. It was thought by Christen Nielsen's son Hans that Christen joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he arrived in Utah, and that is no doubt the case, as a newspaper clipping which Hannah Olsen Larsen had indicated Christen Nielsen was baptized November 27, 1870.The records also show that his wife Karen was baptized on the same date. Their son Hans, then 11 years of age, may also have been baptized the but Peter was only four years old at that time, so he was too young. How good this little family from Denmark must have felt on their day of baptism, to have thus become members of the Church they had heard about in Denmark, and that they were now Mormons and greatly blessed by the knowledge of the Gospel which they had embraced and which presented such a complete religion.
Hans states there were five wards of the Mormon Church in Logan at that time. The Fourth Ward meeting house was located on the corner across the street north of where the First national Bank now stands. It was there that the Nielsen family went to church, as they were members of the Fourth Ward. The meeting house was made of native lumber and was only about as large as the Millville meeting house prior to the time of the bui8lding of the new one, one large room where church services were held. At that time there were only a few little store in Logan, and the family had a small garden. But with all these differences from the old country, the family was happy with the great opportunities afforded them in America.
When Peter was five years of age, however, tragedy came into his life, as his father was killed in an accident, a little over one year after his arrival in Utah. Christen Nielsen was on his way down the "cow lane," as he road leading from Logan toward the west part of the Valley was called, to get willows for winter fuel growing along the banks of the creek there. He had a team and a wagon and his sons Hans and Peter were with him, Hans sitting on a board behind the back wheels and Peter and his father were on a board in front of him. At that time great bands of Indians would come to Logan, and Christen met such a band, the horses became frightened, and ran away. Hans and Peter were thrown off promptly. Christen was caught in the running gears of the wagon (where the reach is coupled together) and was dragged down as far as the big spring, and there the horses broke the reach and left Christen lying there. Hans was knocked unconscious, and he doesn't know how long he lay there, but when be became conscious, he saw his brother Pete about fifty yards away crying (the wheels ran over him) and there were no Indians or anything around. The boys then walked back some distance to their home to tell of the accident. "Jack" Mc Cullock caught the horses farther down the cow lane, where he was herding cows. Hans doesn't recall who found his father first, but someone found him and brought him home. He suffered from the injuries for a few days (karen's daughter Annie thinks it was about two weeks ) and was unable to recover, as he died on September 24, 1871. The only doctors in Logan at that time were a Dr. Lamoreaux and a Dr. Cranney, so one of them attended Christen. His hip was out of joint, he was hurt all over and was unconscious a great deal of the time.
Hans does not remember the funeral service, which was probably held in the Fourth Ward meeting house, but he does recall the prayer which was given at the Logan City Cemetery, where Christen Nielsen was buried and where he now lies. A lovely white marble headstone is at his grave and his son Peter was faithful to visit it, as father was only 38 years of age at the time of his death. His mother was thus left a widow with her two sons, Hans eight and Peter five. They were then living in the house Christen had bu8ilt on the street facing west between Second and Third North Streets on Second West. The cattle of their neighbor, James Quayle, would get in the hay stack. Karen had the livestock to take care of. Hans remembered Niels Bergeson helped take up the potatoes after Christen's death. Niels Bergeson was a good friend of the family. As the new immigrants arrived safely in Utah, it was customary for them to send money to other friends in their native countries so they too might come to America. Karen and Christen Nielson made it possible for Niels Bergeson to immigrate to America and they enjoyed always visiting together until shortly before his death. Christen and Karen also made it possible financially for a Mr Swen Nielsen, of Richmond, to immigrate to Utah.
Karen, Peter's mother, sold the team after keeping it a while. Hans recalled that the sorrel horse went to a man east of town. This was the worst horse on the team and caused the runaway. This left only three or four cows and a few chickens to take care of for the winter. Hendrick Larsen lived only about a block and a half north of Karen's home and in true early Mormon settler manner, came over to help fix fences. It was the practice then to turn the cows out to water and just let them stay out in the street all day. The friendship of Hendrick Larsen and Karen Nielsen soon lead to marriage and on February 12, 1872, Karen married Hendrick Larsen as his second wife. Polygamy was then being practiced. They went to Salt Lake City in a covered wagon driven by Hans Munk, driving a pair of mules. They were married in the Endowment House. On that same day the records in Salt Lake City indicate Karen was sealed for eternity to her first husband, Christen Nielsen, Peter's own father. Karen was thus a second wife to Hendrich Larsen. The first wife was named Maren.
The lot where the Christen Nielsen house stood was sold and the house was moved to the location east of Hendrick Larsen's. Peter said the logs of that first home are still in the framework of the house which stands there, formerly the old Hughes home and later owned by Ephraim Jacobsen. Karen and Hendrick Larsen's first wife, Maren, were very friendly. The house where Peter and Karen and Hans lived then had two front rooms and a slope to the north was built. Weatherboarding was added on the outside and plaster on the inside.
Peter remembers going to the Episcopal Church school, which was located on Center Street and was a new little school. Hendrick Larsen and another man did the carpentry work on the Church, as Hendrick was a good carpenter. There were not many who attended this school. After a while he went to the Presbyterian Church School which was also quite new. The wife and daughter of the minister did the teaching. There was a nice little group of school children there. Peter said he didn't like school very well and his mother let him stay home, so he had very little schooling. Jeffrey Bodrere, Joseph and Ephraim and Becky Johnson (Yonk) also went to school at the same time. Also Lizzie Jensen Andrews brothers, George and Andrew went with them to the Presbyterian Church School. Peter can remember going to the Fourth Ward Hall to Sunday School. This was the largest hall in town and was used for dances, theaters and church. Peter also remembers going to children's dances in the hall, where all the dances were "called" as there wasn't much round dancing, but plain quadriles instead. The Jensen boys and Johnson boys were Peter's best friends. Hans palled with Jim Jensen.
Peter's mother had cows and a straw shed on the place and she did most of the milking - Peter and Hans doing the chores. There used to be a cow herd go out of Logan - 600 or 700 cows - and Peter would take the cows to Pete Eliason's corner and meet the herd. Pete Eliason and Hana Olsen's (Larsen) father were the herders for awhile. They would take all the cattle down the Cow Lane about to where Peter's present farm land and that of Albert Nielsen is and then spread out. This was one big pasture and these men would herd them there and then bring them back at night. Many other boys and girls would meet the herd down by "Tom" Blanchard's by the railroad track. There was a big gate there and the herders would just bring them to town and each boy or girl would take his cows home. Each cow had a square block of wood on its neck with a number on to show its pasturage was paid for. The owners had to have stock or shares in order to get the cows in. The cow lane was fenced with pole fences and that is how it got the name "cow lane" and "cow Pasture lane." Peter says the herders had a tin cow horn and would ride up on their horses in this morning toward the hollow or east part of town and would blow the horn on the way up to warn the people to get their cows rady. Then the herder would gather the cows together from the east end of town and drive on west to the pasture land.
Peter would then drive the cows home and he and Hans would do the chores and, when their mother didn't, do the milking. Peter says his mother always thought she could milk the cows best. She liked the cows and they liked her.
This plan continued for some years or until about 1886 or 1887 after Peter had made his trip back to Denmark. Then Peter bought his forty acres of land out where the shed is, from the Cow Pasture Association, which dissolved then. Peter's father had hayland and Hendrick Larsen had some right by it down west and north of town about four miles in the swamps as it was then called. Someone with mowers would cut it (Cooper Peterson or others with mowers, and his son Jacob Petersen would rake it) and then Hans and Peter would haul the hay from the land with a team of oxen one season and horses the others. Hans handled the oxen and Peter would tramp the hay - had a flat rack and the hay would slide off.
During this period Peter's mother had four children with her second husband. Christen Larsen was born 15 November 1872, Treenie was born 15 June 1875, Annie was born 13 August 1877, and Eliza or "Risey" was born 4 February 1881. Thus Peter and his brother Hans were blessed with a half-brother and three half-sisters. He says there was no distinction among the family and they all got along quite well together. When Peter was about fourteen years old, his mother went with a friend, Mres. Steenie Larsen (Rast Larsen's mother) to Denmark on a visit with a friend, parents, her Aunt Trinie and other relatives. She was gone about three or four months during the summer and a lady from Clarkston, a Mrs. Larsen, who was a good friend of Karen's and a former acquaintance in Denmark, was hired to take care of the family. The boys carried on the farm work as Hendrick Larsen, their stepfather, did carpentry work. Hans and Peter had a room downstairs together. Peter said Hendrick Larsen treated the boys pretty fair. Not much was said of religion in the home, he ways, as Hendrick Larsen had had difficulty with the authorities of the church regarding tithing and left the church since the rules were very technical at that time.
When Peter was about seventeen years old, in the spring of the year 1883, Hendrick Larsen decided to return to Denmark, although Karen regretted leaving. The home was sold to James Henderson and Hendrick Larsen and his wife, Karen, and children Peter, Christen, Trinie, Annie, and Risey, all went to Denmark in the fall of the year. The family stayed in the log house on the corner of 4th North and 3rd West, where they later made their permanent home, during the summer. The log house and lot belonged to Peter's brother Hans then. That summer Peter went to work on the railroad in Pocatello, Idaho, for three weeks, then up to Boise, Idaho, for a while, then home, and the railroad wanted more men tso he went to Soda Springs and had a big section house in which to live, sleeping upstairs, and they had good food. He then returned to Logan and went with the family to Denmark that fall. Hans stayed in America.
The family boarded the main train in Ogden, going from Logan to Ogden on the Utah Northern. They traveled in the regular emigrant car, with wooden seats and beds were made on the seats. They look their bedding and supplies with them.
They stayed in new Jersey City two or three days waiting for the boat to come in. They stayed at a hotel while waiting Then they boarded the English freighter for Denmark. There were between 500 and 600 passengers and freight. Peter remembers looking down and seeing cattle being shipped to England alive on the same boat. The food and sleeping accommodations were fairly good. Peter was really seasick while traveling. It took fourteen days travel from America to some seaport in England and they then went on to London. Peter said it was surely a nice big city, with elevated cars. They waited for their ship, as it was late, since the waters had been so rough, but the waters after the storm were very calm when the same boat returned to Denmark - on which were Peter and his family, about 300 miles. They then went to Germany and from Germany had to boar another wheeler ship - with a wheel like a ferris wheel on it for shallow water rather than a rudder, as on the other ship. This they traveled on while on the Channel going to Denmark.
They landed at Copenhagen, which Peter thought a nice city, and traveled by rail to Orslev, Praesto Denmark, where Karen's people were. They met them at the railroad. They all went to Karen's sister Hannah's, who had a big house, until they rented one about two blocks away during the winter. They did not arrive in Denmark until about November or a while before the holidays of Christmastime. Peter, however, stayed with his Aunt Hannah, helping with the chores. His mother's girls, the oldest named Annie, and Peter said it was a nice family. Hannah and Karen were very dear sisters as their parents had had a large family and their Aunt Trinie had had none, so Karen and Hannah had been raised by their Aunt.
In spring, Hendrick Larsen bought a little farm about three miles away in the Town Kalby Naestved 16 miles from Vordingborg and Peter and all the family went there to live. There were a number of old-styled building with thatched roof or clay or cement floors in the kitchen, the middle, the courtyard having a frock floor with a pump there, the outbuildings and dwelling places all opening into the courtyard. Some flowers at the front door were attractive.
Grain Straw Cow
Big kitchen - rock floor Cellar Girls' Garden
Big Boys' Dwelling room and Bedroom Bedroom Gate Gate Bedroom
Front door flowers
(this is probaby not accurately located)
The house was in the middle of the farm, land all around it-old style that way. A highway ran cat-a-corner through the land. Peter's half-sister Annie remembers that this house was supposed to have been haunted. A man was supposed to have hug himself upstairs. Annie recalls her mother calling upstairs to see if anyone was there. Karen was never afraid but the girls were.
Peter said he learned about farming the Danish way. The land was divided into seven different pieces, whether it was a 40 acre tract or not. One-seventh would be broken up, fertilized in readiness for planting of rye in the fall. After that the oats went in the next year, then mixed oats and barley for hay, and hay planted with it, then clover and grass after which it went back to hay. They had a piece to break up every year. They didn't raise wheat but barley and oats for cattle. The next year they cut hay for two or three years then pasture it the next year. Then the piece that had been longest in hay would be broken up and put into rye. Usually there were about 3 pieces in hay and 3 in grain and one was being broken up ready to plant. They had nice grass and clover seed. No irrigation was necessary. There was enough rain to make it grow. The fruit, gooseberries, currants, etc. bushes and kitchen garden were in the front of the house.
On their place they had cows, chickens, hogs, two horses to work. Hendrick Larsen did no carpentry work there as things were already built and it was a depression time there and in America, as it was during president Grover Cleveland's time.
They stayed on this farm for about two years. They fed everything they raised to livestock and they sold milk, eggs. There was a good market for all they raised, as it was needed in England. There was a store near where they could buy what they needed as they lived on the farm.
During this time Peter visited some of his Aunts - Steenie, taller than his mother and more slender. She had a family - a boy and two girls. From their farm they had to walk to the railroad and as the railroad didn't get to Hannah's place, they didn't visit her very often. Peter saw his grandmother and grandfather o his mother's side and his other's brother who was running the place. They were quite comfortable and lived a few miles from them. He also saw his father's brother, Rasmus Nielsen, and visited his home and farm of about forty acres. He had two children - a boy and a girl. His wife was dead and Rasmus had a hired girl to take care of the place. The childr3en were younger than Peter. Rasmus seemed like a nice man and resembled the picture of Peter's father, Christen Nielsen.
Peter also visited his father's sister Kirsten in a different locality. She lived on a small farm, had married and had two boys about Peter's age, 15 or 16. Her husband either died while Peter was i Denmark or else she was a widow at the time they came. His grandparents on his father's side were both apparently dea when he was there. They were alive when Christen came to America as Hans remembers seeing them.
Treenie and Christ, Peter's half sister and half-brother, went to school while they were in Denmark. The school adjuined their farm and they had only a sort distance to go. The Lutheran Church was near also (on a knoll and graves in the churchyard). Peter, his mother, Chris and the girls went there to church. Peter was older and so went more frequently. The Priest lived near their farm also. The Deacon lived near the church to keep it up. They each had a little farm to maintain themselves. The Priest taught the higher grades of the school. Peter and everyone else went to the Priest to pay the tax on the land. The school teacher lived on a little farm near Peter's place too - all nice people. Not many in the schools.
The weather was a great deal like that in Utah, but heavy dews at night and little showers made it unnecessary to to irrigate flowers, hay, gardens, etc. The biggest job was to get the hay dry. The winters were about like Utah's, with now and cold; occasionally a mild one.
They exchanged work, peter with team and other people with small farms traded single hand work. Then those with small farms also worked the the landlord who had about 1200 acres or a large farm. Peter said it was a pretty sight to see 200 or 300 cows staked in a straight row. They were staked and watered by men. Swedish or Danish milk maids, with handkerchiefs on their heads and with big buckets, did the milking. They would ride on a wagon, start in early afternoon the wagon would move along and the milk was then taken to a big dairy There were also many hogs.
Peter's mother kept the house with her little girls, went to church and visited her family when she could -- had garden, no lawns and she had flowers, some like snapdragons. There were not many weeds. The ground was easy to work. Pretty flowers were in the cemeteries also-no irrigation needed.
Peter believes the place they bought cost 16,500 kronins assumed for balance. There was not much to be paid down and not much received when it was later sold. The home in which Peter lived there was big and quite comfortable - but dirt floor, wooden benches, chairs, old styled beds. They had poor tools to work with - wooden scoop to clean behind cows, little 4-tang forks, etc.
On Christmas Eve of 1884, a little over a year after the family had returned to Denmark, Hendrick Larsen decided to return to America so left Denmark that evening. He took his son Chris with him and left his wife, Peter and the three girls in Denmark to sell the place. Peter went to Copenhagen to see them off. It took only about two hours to get back. Peter was welcomed by his mother and girls. He brought candy and buns for them and the little girls hopped out of bed to enjoy them. Hendrick had a rough journey coming over the Atlantic Ocean - the ship was so rough that he went from lower deck to top and as he opened passageway a big wave came over and dashed him, wetting him through. He had clung or he would have been washed away.
Hendrick and his son Chris came to America and on arrival in Logan They went to stay with his daughter Hannah (by first marriage) and her husband, "Pete" Watterson his right-hand son-in-law. Hendrick bought his stepson Han's place on the corner of 4th North and 3rd West and in the spring tore down the log house, left the cellar and grainery, where he lived while the new house was being built. Hendrick had corresponded with his daughter Hannah and son-in-law Peter Waterson Larsen and heard of hard times in America - depression. It was through correspondence that he bought Hans's place.
Hans came down in the spring and helped haul adobes and sand. The house is set on cedar posts about three or four feet long set in ground. Hendrick proceeded with the building of the house that summer. That year he and Pete Watterson Larsen bought a quarter section of land from the Railroad at $5 and acre. They divided it and it is what they called the Ranch out near Petersboro consisting of 80 acres for Hendrick.
Karen in the meantime stayed in Denmark until the early fall of 1885. She had been unable to find a suitable buyer fo the place. Many had looked at it but prices had gone down even below what they paid. Everyone talked about the hard times. Peter ran the farm that summer until it was sold. They had the first crop of hay harvested and on the place. The livestock, hay, etc. all went with the farm. Peter did teamwork for neighbors with little farms and they helped him by doing hand labor. Threshed grain with flail. The grain was cut by hand with scythe, then taken into barns and beat with flail; grain was cast over against a wall and chaff stayed close. Straw was used for livestock. Karen took care of the cows and chickens.Peter said they had poor equipment.
When Karen finally sold the place, Peate had told her the place was going down and it would be better to sell, as they lost about 50 kronin. She had tears in her eyes when she sold it for less than they paid.
Karen visited her foster mother and real parents and other relatives before they returned. She sent Pete to stay over night with her real parents before they left. They lived in the same house with their son. The grandparents were both well and were never nice to Peter. He says he remembers his grandfather was a good card player and that a group of them played cards. Also he remembers having a nice little talk with his grandmother that evening. This was about the second time he had seen them. They had been to visit their daughter Hannah also and he had seem them there. They traveled by train. This trip was therefore of great value to Peter in giving him the privilege of seeing his grandparents and other relatives.
After the sale of the place was completed and the arrangements made to sail for America the family went to Copenhagen to get their tickets. This was about a two hour ride from their farm. After the tickets were bought, Peter said his mother took them around the City of Copenhagen and then at night out to Tivoli, which is a fine Danish pleasure resort. This was a beautiful big place - similar to Lagoon in Utah. The people were dancing, eating, drinking, playing games and going on different concessions. They stayed in a copenhagen hotel that night. they left the next day on a steamship for America and went to Norway and Sweden, and picked up passengers and had no change to make. They went direct to New York. Good weather and smooth traveling prevailed on their way back. Peter said he didn't miss a meal. The little girls were good travelers. Pete said Karen was good at traveling and igt all went very smooth. Karen handled the money and Pete wa right by her side and watched the baggage. Karen took care of the girls. There was a big four-bushel sack with all their things in, also boxes and trunks. It took about 12 days to get across.
They arrived in New York (via Castle Garden) and ferried to get to New Jersey to take the train. They went right on home, thus making about three or four weeks' travel. They changed cars in Chicago. The cars were improved on the return trip. They arrived in Ogden, stayed over night there, and took the train from Ogden to Logan, as train service was fairly good in those days. Jacob Johnson had an express service then, with horses and they came home with him. They arrived in Logan about harvest time. In 1885 the Grover Cleveland depression was on and continued for some years.
The home which Hendrick Larsen had started on 4th North and 3rd West in Logan was only partially finished and they got along with it that way, living in it as it was completed. Pete helped with the house and then went out to Petersboro with P M Paulsen to help thresh grain.
Hans was in Idaho and so Pete and family didn't see him for some time after their return to America. Hendrick Larsen had a few cows and a team, in addition to the land he had bought in Petersboro. Peter helped get wood out of the Canyon for the winter, and so the winter passed, helping to work on the house, with the milking, etc., getting odd jobs now and then during the summer and winter.
In the fall of 1888 Peter took a bunch of cattle belonging to the family and others to Idaho, as hay was plentiful there and scarce in Utah. Little Blackfoot - 25 miles north of Soda Springs, where Pete's brother Hans was homesteading was the place Pete stayed that winter with Hans, the two of them batching it. Hans did the cooking and had sour dough bread, pork, beef, fish, wild game which Hans got. They took care of the stock and whiled away the winter sawing and chopping wood, etc. as no coal was then available to burn.
In the spring Pete returned to Logan on horseback nd on his arrival he learned of the death of Risey,, the youngest daughter in his mother's family, who had died after a few days' illness. Word reached Hans by letter later. Pete said that Risey was a nice little girl of eight years and they mourned her passing. She hs died in March 1889 (11th or 8th).
From 1889 to 1892 the family went on as usual. Pete got work when jobs were available. They took turns going to the ranh, traveling either in a buggy or wagon. Hendrick Larsen had also bought 4 ares of land from Liney Farrell shortly after his return. They comprised the north half of the block across the street west from the Larsen home between 4th and 5th North on 3rd West. Here good hay was grown and later Chris and Pete built home on the east part of the acres, the west part being used for pasture.
Logan had very little business section. The boys would chum around together. After Peter returned from Denmark he went sometimes to the Presbyterian Church on the corner of 2nd West and Center Street. The didn't go often to the Mormon church until later because they were at that time not members. Pete also spent another winter at Blackfoot at Hans' ranch, he and hans trading work, as Hans came to Logan and did Pete's. Pete therefore batched it that winter and there were always three or four feet of snow. He tended he cattle, did the chores, chopped the wood,, cooked, etc.
On July 25, 1892, Peter's half-sister Treenie died of dropsy. She was only seventeen years old and was a lovely girl. The family had an organ and later Annie was assistant organist in the Third Ward and joined the choir when only fifteen or sixteen years old and continued until mature years of life as a member of the choir.
During this period of time money was scarce and the family raised most of the things they used, buying only rice, cheese, coffee, and tea. Peter worked on and off for Logan City and Cache County on road work.
Pete went with girls off and on during this time. He says he about married Minnie Qualman but he went to Ogen to work and their friendship broke. He also went with some Clarkston girls and Mary Nelson of Trenton.
In about 1895 when Pete was thirty years of age he met Rose King, of Millville, Utah. She was a beautiful brown-eyed girl and had visited often her sister Lizzie King Peterson, who lived in the Third ward. Pete went on horseback to Millville to see her or in a two-wheeled care. The roads were very muddy. They would go to the Millville dances and the streets were muddy there also. No electric lights were used then. Most of the dances were square dances, with only a few waltzes. They were held mostly in the church meeting houses until the big dance hall was built in Logan. Then round dances were practiced more and the meeting houses used less. In the winter time a crowd would go sleigh riding. Pete would also to to see Rose at her sister Lizzie's house. There were no shows then. They would go to meeting or walk around the streets and talk. He also remembers going to a circus with her, which was probably rose's first. Pete always liked circuses and he thinks he saw all which came to Logan. Pete went with Rose for awhile and then they quit each other for a period of time, but got together again.
In the meantime Pete had been going to the Mormon Sunday school and meetings. He had gone with James Larsen,, James Olsen, Will Andrews, etc. Pete and Chris had the upstairs room in their hoe and there was usually a fire on Sunday in the front room as Karen and Hendrick nearly always had company on Sunday in the back room. They didn't go many places but people would always come to visit them. The chimney went up through the upstairs room and there was usually a big group of guys gathered there talkine, playing cards, etc. When the grainery was finished, with the carpentry shop, the boys would gather in there. Pete remembers the boys would have him cut their hair and shave them as they didnt go to the barber shop. Hendrick Larsen could sharpen the scissors so well. Pete and Christ would have a crowd upstairs and the girls would have a crowd in the front west room where the organ was - Mary Ann Jones (Andrews), Mary Edwards (Davis), being some of their friends. Also, the street just south of Pete's was more or less blind street because of the canal and no bridge. It was nice and grassy and level and every Sunday and evenings would be ball games. so then Pete and Chris got groups of boys after they would gather.
When Pete attended meetings with the boys the speakers had mentioned baptism and joining the Mormon Church, so he decided to be baptized. He asked Bishop Richard Yeates about being baptized,, who asked him if he believed i the gospel enough to be baptized, and Pete said, yes, he had been attending church. He told him Emil Eliason took care of the baptisms and then Pete went to see him and made arrangements. Pete doesn't recall the church coaxing others to join, could go around with the Mormon fellows to the church, but were not persuaded to join. On July 31, 1895, Peter was baptized in the canal about by Tarbets. He went over in a pair of overalls and blue shirt. He was confirmed by John Thomas at Fast Meeting on August 1,, 1895 This was a wonderful event in his life, becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ and his children and grandchildren are grateful for his being baptized.
On January 21, 1897, Rose King, age 12, ad Peter L. Nielsen, age 30, were married at the John King home in Millville by Bishop John E. Roueche, with John King and Elizabeth King, parents of Rosem as witnesses. Rose wore a beautiful pink silk dress and Pete had new brown pats and dark coat and vest. There was a big crows and they had a wonderful wedding supper, setting two or three tables. There were all kinds of cakes, roast beef, chicken, etc. Pete's folks Hans, Karen and Hendrick Larsen Chris and Hannah and Anie, all of Rose's folks, her sister Lizzie and Mary D Sorensen from Third Ward, the Shaws from Hyrum, et. were in attendance. They played blow the feather (feather on a quilt try to blow it off), etc. They stayed in Millville the first night, came to Logan the next day and got Rose's wedding ring as Pete had hesitated and therefore not bought the rig beforehand, preferring Rose to choose the lovely wide gold band which was here always. They stayed in the upstairs room at Pete's place while he got Catherine Johnson's place ready for them to move into and he did his chores. They got new furniture - bedroom set consisting of bed, dresser and wash stan, new stove with reservoir, cupboard, table, hairs, and carpet they got home-made carpet (made from carpet rags woven attractively) for the kitchen. Pete had enough money to pay for the furniture. This home wa located a short distance east of the Hendrick Larsen home or between 2nd and 3rd West on 4th North, facing south. They lived in that house for about a year.
In the meantime Pete had hauled rock and made arrangements for lumber for a new hoe to be built on a lot given to him by his mother and Hendrick Larsen, as they had all worked together. The lot was the south part of the four acre tract and was the size 6 x 18 rods, Christ having built his house and having it ready at the time he was married o January , 1897, to Hannah Olsen. Their house was located on the north part of the four-acre traxt. Pete's and Rose's address was 459 North 3rd West.
The carpenter, Berntsen, Peter's stepfather Hendrick Larsen, and Pete were working on the roof of the house when Rose's sister Lizzie came and told Pete that Rose was not well and he hitched up his horse and wen to get the midwife, Mrs. Lambert. At 6:00 pm on Friday, November 10, 1897, Pete and Rose welcomed their first daughter child, a daughter. Pete's sister Annie and Rose's sister Lizzie and the two grandparents, Karen Larsen and Elizabeth King, cared for the new mother and baby, later named Ivy, She was a rather cross baby but brought great joy to the family, being Karen's first grandchild as well as the firstborn of Rose and Pete. A beautiful layette had been prepared by Rose for her baby.
At that time Pete says he and Rose, Chris, Hannah, Annie, and their parents were all like one but later it did not work out as well as the families grew and each pulled for themselves. Pete had helped Chris the previous year haul lumber for his house and Chris later helped him haul lumber for his. Someone at logging mill, which was in Logan Canyon, would go into the mountains and get the logs - Charles Nyman contracted to get out Pete's and then the logs would be taken to the sawmill, made into umber and planks and then Pete and Chris hauled them own and piled them with air spaces to dry them as they were just green. Later they would be taken down to Smith Lumber Company and ripped and slit in size wanted - rafters, floors are of native red pine, mopboarding of white pine, etc. Hendrick Larsen was good to help sort the lumber and build the house. Pete and Hendrick Larsen, with the help of carpenter, built it, Hendrick Larsen doing the finishing work too as he was very good with it. Pete could go on with work Hendrick Laren told him how to do.Christ helped some. Pete didn't hire any more than necessary except at last to hurry the finishing of the house.
When baby Ivy was about a month old, they moved into their new two-room home. They had tried to get the house ready before winter set in but had been unable to get it quite finished. Ivy was a cross baby, Dad or Pete says and he would help rock the cradle (which they used then) as Rose would try to keep her foot on the rocker and do her work too. Their first winter was a very cold one. The same furniture was used, the room to the front or east was the bedroom and the west room was the kitchen and dining room combined. They had a good home-made carpet with dry straw under (as was the custo for padding). That winter Pete dug post holes in frozen ground and built the shanty which was at the north of the house. This was finished in the spring and joined on to the house, making an extra room in which to cook summers and gave additional space.
Before Pete's marriage he preempted or homesteaded 160 acres of land in Alta, north of Benson Ward, homesteading being done by living on the land during the winter for five year. To take up the land he had had to take out citizenship papers. L. P. Larsen and Hendrick Larsen were witnesses. He had to have a lawyer and go before the Judge. It was not so hard to obtain then. Cost $5.00. His Certificate of Citizenship is dated April April 3, 1896, i the District Court. Pete would have been a natural citizen and could have voted, etc as he was under five years when he came to America.
This land was given up after his marriage. He had bought another person's right for about $100. He farmed a little, raising wheat. It was all in sage brush and had to be broken He had hd it a year or two. He'd stay out there a few weeks at a time, but it did not seem desirable to keep it and live on it. Later a law came through that it could be bought for ch from the Government at $1.25 and acre, but Pete had sold it by that time to William Davidson for $125.
Pete had also 40 ares of land north of the cow lane near Benson Ward and 20 acres of hay land north and west of Logan in what was known as he wampsm also a team and wagon, plow and barrow,,a cow. Pete had a stable for his stock, with willows and straw for roof, also a buggy shed on east end, which he built after they moved to the new house. During the winter he cut wood, did chores, etc. They had their own pork,, potatoes, etc.
Rose ad Pete would visit with both sides of the family during their first years of married life and they would have the folks to their home. They went to Millville to the John King home quite often. Ivy was not a healthy baby and often had to be taken to the Doctor or midwife. She was once measured, string measured but was burned, and Ivy ate ashes. She got better after that. James Larsen's mother did the measuring.
On March 24, 1900, a beautiful baby boy was born to Pete and Rose named Peter Sylvian. Dr. Lamber (a lady) was the midwife. Sylvian was a lovely baby and seemed well and healthy. (he looked a good deal like Phyllis when she was a baby) He had brown eyes. In November, or when he was eight months old, Pete was on on the 40 acre tract plowing and would stay all week in his wagon with a "grub box." Rose did the milking. Karen or Annie would stay with the children or Rose's sisters would be with her for the week. Lizzie would often be there with her two children. Rose was a good cook and people liked to come to see them and eat with them. Rose had gone to the Tithing Office to pay tithing. The baby seemed cross at night when his Grandma Larsen tended him. They called Dr. Budge and he gave some pills. Will Andrews, Pete's brother-in-law and husband of Rose's sister Lu) came down on a horse and told Pete the baby was ot well and Pete came home on horse too. The next morning Sylvian started to hemorrhage from the bowels. Dr. Budge was just a new Doctor then and couldn't seem to find out what was the cause so at Pete's request he brought Dr. W. B Parkinson, who was an older Doctor and had been practicing for some time. Both examined him and knew nothing to do to stop the hemorrhaging. The baby didn't seem in much pain but he was not sick many days before he died, November 9 1900. He probably had acid of stomach as he was teething. The Elders of the Church had been in the home to administer to him also. There were many people in the hoe, Rose's sister lu, nurse Catherine Johnson, who held the baby when he died. She had sent Rose in the other room with one of her sisters as she was so grief stricken over her baby. Pete was in the room at the time. Lindquist was the undertaker, with hearse with horses and the funeral service for that beautiful baby boy was held in the Third Ward Chapel. The young couple felt terrible after the death of their young son His little grave with white marble stone has been faithfully visited throughout the years by his parents and sisters and other relatives. He is buried in the Logan City Cemetery and the family always regretted not have a son and brother although they were grateful for each other. The hand of the Lord is acknowledged in all things, however, sometime it will be understood.
During this time Pete and Rose burned only wood which he had to cut. Coal oil lamps were also used as no electricity wasn't available in Logan and the washer was turned by hand, when they later had one. Pete also had just a harrow and hand plow and one team for farming The family had a pump for water.
On December 30, 1901,, another baby daughter, named Phyllis Rose brought happiness again to the Nielsen home. Rose was very ill at that time also and nearly lost her life (hemorrhage). Pete felt he didn't want to see his wife as sick again as she was. Katie Terry was doing the housework. Dr. Lambert was attending Rose. Pete hitched his sorrel mare to the two wheel buggy and went up in the east park of town for Dr. Lambert when he could see how ill his wife was. After the Doctor took care of Rose, she got along all right.
Also Rose had another serious sick spell when she had a miscarriage. She was having her folks for dinner. The dinner was already, table set, she looked up and saw a little spider web, reached to get it and hemorrhaged dreadfully. The folks came for dinner, she stayed in bed, Dr. Parkinson was called, and nothing was done until Pete urged that something be done. Young Dr. Parkinson was then called and he told his father he was cascrificing the woman and action began at once. It was a long time before Rose regained her strength. Her sister Lu Realled how very ill Rose was at that tie too, her eyes set, etc. How grateful everyone is that she recovered.
On November 23, 1901, Pete's brother Hans was married at Logan to Annie Catrina Larsen, a widow with two small sons. A wedding Supper was given for them by Karen Larsen, Hans's mother. Rose and Pete went over. Annie was a very jovial person and all had a good time.
On June 26th, 2903, Pete's sister Annie was married in Pocatello, Idaho to Moses A. Olsen. On their return her mother had a nice wedding supper and Pete remembers quite a crowd being there.
Another baby daughter was born on June 2, 1905 to Pete and Rose and she was named Violet Ione. Dr. Lambert was again the Doctor. When Violet was about eight months old or in about February of 1906 she have whooping cough and later bronchitis. Pete was working at John Everton's Ice House. This was out where the John Dobb home was north of town. A brink yard was once there, which made the low land clay into bricks. An ice pond was then made, it being filed with water from the canal. Pete helped put up the ice in the winter. Christ, his brother also used to help. A gang of men used to work there.
Rose would stay with the sick baby in the bedroom all day.She said she didn't cross the threshold with the baby. Ivy, aged only seven, carried on with dishes, etc. and Phyllis, about four, tended herself. Pee would come home at night, do the chores, then tend the baby while Rose got meals and they'd take turns tending baby at night. It was a severe case of bronchitis, bordering on pneumonia. Pete thinks it was some time before the baby got better.
On June 12, 1907 Rose and Pete went to the Logan Temple, where they were married for time and eternity according to the belief of the Church. Ivy, Phyllis, and Violet wefre sealed to them, also Sylvian, some little boy acting as proxy for him. This fine thing of temple marriage had been advocated by the Ward teachers. Also Joseph E Cowley and wife, who were Pete's friends, were good tempe workers and interested people in it.
On March 19, 1907 Pete had been confirmed an Elder in the fifth Elders Quorum of the Third Ward and that Ward and the Second Ward comprised one Quorum. They would hold meetings one time in one Ward and another time in the other Ward. Pete was later a Counselor to Brother Pole in the Third Ward Elders Quorum. When Brother Pole moved away, Bishop William Evans was in England on his short missio. John Quayle, Bishop's Counselor,, took charge and recommended Pete as President of the Elders Quorum. Andrew Andersen and Jacob Johnson were his Counselors, with James Almond as a fine secretary. Young William Evans Jr. was a splendid bo and Pete could always call on him, he said, if no one else was prepared with lessons as they would assign different parts to members. Pete said they had a fine Quorum of Elders in the little back room of the old meeting house.
The Elders used to put on a party for the whole Ward each spring. Everyone contributed and James Peterson (who was a Counselor after Jacob Johnson's death probably, and his wife were exceptionally fine in handling the food, as a big hot dinner was served, followed with a program and dance. Pete remembers giving the speech of welcome at one of the Socials. The officers of the Quorum were later changed and Pete was released. They olater met in the large room of the church, with only curtains drawn between, and Pete didn't think the meetings were as good after. Pete remembers helping clean the meeting house of Third Ward and also leveling the hill around the Logan Temple before the lawns were planted getting half pay, the other half being donation, the price being $2.50 a day for man and team, 10 hours work.
On April 29,k 1908, another baby girl came to the Nielsen family, dark blue-eyed Mildred Elizabeth. Dr. W. B. Parkinson was the Doctor and Mrs. Caroline Kent was the nurse. Mildred was therefore the fourth girl in the family, rather tiny. When she was just about a year old a picture was taken of the four little Nielsen girls so spic in white dresses sewn beautifully by their mother.
Three years later to the day, on April 20, 1911, the fifth baby daughter was born, Ruth. Dr. Parkinson was the Doctor and Mrs. Caroline Kent the nuse. She was a plump little baby and the rest of the family enjoyed her very much.
Pete and Rose always went together to have the babies blessed. That was a big event. One of Rose's sisters would come over from Millville to help get ready. The babies were dressed so pretty.
In the years following Pete's and Rose's marriage, pete had acquired 60 additional acres of land and had sold the 19 acres north of Logan. He at this time had ma and pasture land located down the cow lane and later planted from two to six acres in sugar beets. In harvesting the wheat great big threshing machines were used and five teams. The team would go around in a circle to turn the threshing machine and the farmers had to furnish the meals. There were about 29 orr 12 threshers. Rose would cook great big meals of good food and Pete would come from the farm for them at noon and take them by buggy to the threshers-great pots of vegetables, roast, big coffee pot, desserts, etc. In later years the threshers were run by a tractor and the threshers took care of their own meals. During the last two years of his farming, Pete had a combine harvester, which cut and threshed and put the bags out. The straw had to be raked then.
Also, in the years between Mildren's and Ruth's births the Nielsen house was enlarged, Christen Jacobson being the contractor,, for an amount of approximately $850. A big room at the north was added, with front porch. The cellar, which had been built after the two rooms and was of rock, was joined to the kitchen. In later years a summer kitchen with cabinets and six windows was added and the former pantry was made into a little bedroom. This was done before 1921. Later the old kitchen and pantry were remodeled to make a hallway to cellar and for storing utilities, a little bedroom for Pete, and a nice little bathroom. The family had liked the "summer kitchen" with its sunny windows to the south so well that they had continued to live in it and enjoy its cheer. Also, the northeast room which had been the dining room was made into the living room and the southwet room of the first two room was made into a nice sunny dining room, Rose having a French door later made and the southeast room was used as a bedroom.
The family was so pleased when the first (cold) running water was put in the house and later when hot water was made available. During Pete's and Rose's first years of married life a pump at the north and east of the house supplied all the water for the house. A hydrant took it's place later. First a pump and then a hydrant were used by Pete in his corral for his livestock also. On cold days the pump would have to be primed, by adding hot water from the house, to get the water started.
Also, in the years which followed their marriage coal oil lamps were first used and the coming of electricity to Logan brought it also to the Nielsen home. How wonderful was that!
Pete continued his farming operations, always having a good garden around his house and raising wheat, hay, and beets on his farm land. Pete also during the spring months would drill sugar beets for himself and other people and in this way he made quite a good sum of money each spring. He was very busy though as he did his own chores, milking and farming But he seemed to like the drilling and contacts with the other farmers and especially the income. Pete also acquired other horses, cattle and milk cows. When the children were young and up until about 1921 or later, Pete always raised two pigs so they had their own pork and Rose always had a few chickens, a little log chicken coop built by Pete housing them.
During World War I, 1914-19 prices were good and Pete, with other farmers, did fine with their products. Milk checks and price of cattle were good, also wheat, although the Government controlled prices of food stuffs to a certain extent. Pete traded wheat for flour so the family always had good flour although the use of dark flour also was advocated. Pete didn't recall any lack of food.
The children meanwhile had attended the Ellis and Benson Schools, Ivy and Phyllis going to Brigham Young College in Logan a while, and Violet, Mildred and Ruth going to the Senior High School. Ivy then worked at the Republican Newspaper Office and Center Sales Electric Company and later in Salt Lake City.
Pete had been to Soda Springs on visits to his brother Hans and his wife and the two boys, Mart and Holm, Also to Salt Lake City with Rose and in the fall of the year in earlier days Pete, Rose and girls went to Brigham City to get peaches for bottling, traveling with horses which was a slow trip but getting good fruit for winter use.
Depression years followed the war but because Pete and Rose had been very economical and wise managers, they had money on savings accounts in the bank and no debts, so were able to go through those years without borrowing. During the war Pete had patriotically bought some Liberty Bonds a they were called. The family also escaped the severe flu epidemics which followed the war.
On August 3 1921, Pete's first daughter Ivy married John P. Hofacre who was from Colorado and had met Ivy when he was attending school at the Utah State Agricultural College, the schooling being allowed all those who served in the war. John had been a soldier in France and other places. Ivy and John went to Colorado Springs, Colorado, on their honeymoon to visit John's parents and sisters and then went on to California where John had located after leaving Logan. They spent a short time in Tucson, Arizona, also. Thus Pete's and Rose's family began to scatter. A nice family supper was held for Ivy and John the evening of their marriage.
On February 115, 1922, Phyllis, the second daughter in the family, was married to Hubert C. Ward, of Preston, Idaho, in the Salt Lake Temple. A nice wedding supper was served to the Wards and Nielsens on their return. Phyllis and Hubert then went to Preston, Idaho, to live. Phyllis had been a telephone operator, also Assistant Chief Operator at the Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company following her graduation from Brigham Young College and before her marriage.
Happiness was brought to the family with the coming of grandchildren. Ruth Joan Hofacre was born May 22, 1922, at Logan, and Darrell Nielsen Ward was born January 12, 1924, at Logan. Roselyn Ward was born at Smithfield, Utah, where Phyllis and Hubert were then living, on August 22, 19255, and Joyce Hofacre at Logan on September 27, 1925. k
During he preceding years a good many of Pete's friends had moved away. Joseph and Ephraim Johnson had gone to Idaho and some of his other friends had died, so he was not active with friends after his marriage, keeping so busy and interested with his work and his family. Rose always had nice observances of Thanksgiving Day and Christmas, making lovely dinners, as she was a wonderful cook, and having Pete's folks in earlier years or her folks or going to their places. Christmas trees were pretty then, first with candles and then with electric lights. Christmas presents to the children, in harmony with the family income, were a joy.
In February of 1926 sadness came to the Nielsen home. Many had flu that year. Pete had it fist and then Mildred got it. She was then seventeen years old and attending Logan High School. She went back to school, feeling she was well enough, but pleurisy set in and that develop-ed into pneumonia. Mildred was very ill for about six weeks and was so patient through it all. It was necessary to have an operation, removing part of a rib and inserting tubes to drain the lung. Pete watched the operation as it was performed in the home, there being a shortage of rooms at the hospital. It seemed as though improvement was being made, when pneumonia of the lower lung developed and Dr. D. C. Budge gave no hope. Mildred was so brave and conscious to the last Pete being with her at the time she passed away early on the morning of March 18, 1926. Rose was the dearest and most faithful nurse and mother to her beloved little daughter and only when the operation occurred was a nirr obtained, Mrs. Larsen of Nibley, near Millville. Rose had previously done the housework, cooking, nursing, and it was difficult to refrain from caring for precious Mildred when the nurse took charge. Mildred's leaving brought such grief to her family, as she was a lovely little dark-eyed ambitious seventeen year old girl. Funeral services wee held in the Third Ward Chapel and Bishop William Evans, St. Presided. W. R. Andrew, Mildren's Uncle was one of the speakers, also Alma Sonne and the Baileys, Mr. and Mrs. Lew sang "I have Read of a Land." Mildred was buried on the lot by her brother Sylvan and Grandfather, Christen Nielsen.
Pete said in Later years that after Mildren's death he could hardly stand to kill a chicken. Rose grieved very much over the loss of her dear little daughter and Mildren's passing was felt dreadfully by her sisters Phyllis,k Violet and Ruth in Logan and by her sister Ivy in California, who was unable to come to the service as she had a young baby, Joyce. Phyllis's little baby Roselyn was also a bit neglected as phyllis was a most devoted sister to Mildred and brought many lovely delicacies and flowers to her and visited her often during cold weather, taking both her son Darrel and Little baby out in the cold. Ruth and Violet missed their companion very much and life in the Nielsen home was never the same as that sorrow was ever with all. A lovely gray marble monument was chosen by her parents and the Easter lily was engraved in it as Mildred died in the spring. Her gvrave was faithfully visited by her family.
The family tried to adjust themselves by keeping busy. Pete had his farm work and thus did not feel he could leave to go to California with Rose when Ivy urged her to visit her for a beneficial change. Pete had another harvest and rounded up his cattle from the Canon for the year as each spring he sent a few head to the Cache national Forest Reserve in Logan Canyon and then they were brought down in herds and he would go to the big corral and "head out" his own.
The years following were about the same. Pete attended to this farm in the summer, Rose putting his lunch for him each morning and he tending to different crops as they came along, beet thinning, irrigating, haying, harvesting of wheat an then beet toppers to hire and he did the hauling, but the proceeds of the beets always helped for the payment of taxes in the fall.
Pete was the Water Master for the Logan Cow Pasture Water Company and a Director in the Company. He held that position for years and made additional money that way. He knew all the irrigation ditches in his district very well and handled the farmers on their turns with little difficulty. In later years, however, tie cards were initiated in order to give all a fair turn and eliminate monopoly by some. Pete handled those all right too. He worked with the following men in the Water Company: Joseph E. Cowley, James W. Linford, Secretary, J Al. Hulme, Secretary, Joseph Painter. He resigned from the position in 1939 or 1940.
in 1927 Pete and his son-in-law, Hubert Ward, jointly bought a 1918 Dodge car. This was quite an event for both families and trips were taken in it together. In 1930 or 1932 Pete bought a 1926 Nash. This was not purchased jointly. He enjoyed the use of his car to go to his farm as well as to town, for business and pleasure.
Also in 1930 Pete's daughter Violet had gone to Los Angeles, California, and was employed in a bank there, leaving just Rose, Pete and Ruth at home. Ruth attended the Utah State Agricultural College following her graduation from High School and she had many girl and boy friends and belonged to the Sorosis Sorority. She also went to all the ni e college parties and took a business course. She later worked for the Amalgamated Sugar Company at Lewiston, riding back and forth early morning and evening, but making $100 a month. Violet also had graduated from Logan High School in 1923 and had been employed in the Cache Valley Banking Company at Logan for several years prior to going to California.
In the spring of 1930 Ivy and John and daughters moved to Logan, bought a lot and built a lovely new home a half block north and one-half block west of Ivy's parents. The winter did not agree with John and the family therefore returned to California in 1931, renting their home and Rose being the manager.
In April 1932 Violet returned to Logan from Los Angeles, having been in Logan on vacation the previous summer. Rose and Ruth had returned with her, getting a little apartment and staying for a while. They intended to work there, but those were the days following the depression and positions were scarce. They decided they liked Logan better anyway than a large city and returned to their nice shady home in the valleys of the mountains after having seen points of interest around Los Angeles. Pete had not desired to leave his farm to see California so stayed in Logan, his daughters Ivy and Phyllis looking after things when needed and having him for meals when he'd come.
ON May 11, 1932, Pets youngest daughter, Ruth, was married in the Logan Temple to Lothaire R. Rich,, also of Logan L. D. S. Third Ward. A lovely wedding dinner was served to members of both families and snapshots taken. Pearl Andrews helped Rose in its preparation. A pretty wedding cake and Rose's grand diner were up to pr. Ivy was residing in California so was not present. The young couple went to Salt Lake City for a happy short trip and returned to Logan to make their home. Violet had returned to Logan that spring so Rose and Pete would have at least one daughter at home. The family enjoyed having Ruth ad her husband and Phyllis and her sweet family call in and receiving letters from Ivy.
Soon another lovely little granddaughter was added to the family, Kathleen Rich born July 2, 1933.
The family had grand times assembling at home for Christmas and other holidays and also visiting together at Phyllis's and Ruth's homes, also at Ivy's when she lived in Logan and vacations were enjoyed with her by those who went to California. They were all wonderful cooks and served lovely meals and the family enjoyed just being together. Pete would visit his mother during those years while at her ripe age she lived in her own home and cared for herself, although her daughter Annie was most faithful in bringing her meals, cleaning house for her etc. Pete, Hans, his wife, Chris and his wife and all the family seemed to enjoy very much talking with their mother and just going there to sit and visit her, always in the kitchen, and she'd serve coffee and cake. They would alk the Danish language when together which sounded very foreign to those who couldn't understand it.. But when others were around they always spoke in English, although Karen had a Danish accent as she have learned the English language later in life. The children had no accent, but it was nice they knew both languages.
Early on March 2, 1934, however, Moses Olsen came to Pete's door and told him his mother had died during the night. Pete then told Rose and Violet and it seemed strange to think Karen lived no more as she have been "Mother" to her children and Annie Nielsen for so many years and "Grandma: or "little Grandma" to Rose, Hannah and the grandchildren. Karen had had a severe case of "flu" in about 1932 and had lived at Hannah's and Chris's first, as her daughter Annie then had a broken shoulder blade, later at her daughter Annie's for a short time, one summer at Hans and Annie's and then, because she felt more at ease and at home, there, had pent the balance of her life at her daughter's home in a room of her own, Karen paying $30 or $40 monthly for her maintenance. She took a cold a few days before her death which turned into pneumonia and she therefore passed rather suddenly and quietly away on March 1, 1934 at ninety six years of age. Karen had a nice funeral and she looked lovely in her casket and Temple clothes, much younger than her years.
She had been a conservative woman always and left land, her home, city lots, and savings accounts to her four children. However the two by her later marriage received the greater proportion because it was their own father's accumulations and, as often occurs when estates are settled and the parents are both gone and no longer can maintain peace and good fellowship, ill feelings and unhappiness occurred. The Nielsen brothers and the Larsen children therefore became more or less divided and that was regrettable as iit is given to everyone to grant gifts as they wish. Karen apparently acted under that privilege and the guidance of her deceased husband, Hendrick Larsen. Pete received a savings book with a fair balance, the deed to city lots; Hns received a small amount on savings book, Annie the home, city lots, an account on savings and an interest in the ranch, Chris receiving a savings account the ranch hay land, etc. Thus Pete's association with his family more or less ceased although it had tapered off in recent years and it was later again on a friendlier, closer basis.
Pete continued his work on the farm. Threshers were easier to have at harvest time as they usually provided their own meals and modern machinery speeded the process. Rose was therefore relieved of the cooking of great big meals for threshers. Pete still kept very busy as he had milking and other chores to do, hen the hay harvest with the help of boys, irrigation of pasture, haylands, wheat fields, and beets.
He raised sugar beets for many years when it was too difficult to get helpers in the field to harvest the. He also had his stock cattle to look after and as he had a permit to send certain ones to Logan Canyon on the Cache National Reserve, he would have to take the cattle part way up the canyon in the spring where they joined the big herd. This was always a big event aqs he would bring the stock cattle from the field to his corral in logan the night before and the family could hear their strange belowings indicating they felt strange i thaat enclosure. pete then would start out early in the morning on his pony with his herd. Rose always arose early and prepared his breakfast and she and the girls would watch Pete take the cattle out of the corral and drive them to the corner north and then toward the east to the Canyon Sometimes the young stock would get in Logan River as they'd get started by something on the highway, but Pete always managed, with the help of his trusty and clever pony, to get them out of the herd and take them to the field pasture again. It was always good news when he finally rounded up all his cattle in for the winter. but many a year he and Rose suffered the loss of one or two head which failed to return. He made his easiest money from his stock cattle, however, by selling them when ready for market. He raised the calves and thus there was not a great deal of expense involved. During depression years prices of cattle was low, naturally, but Rose and Pete continued to stay out of debt by their thrifty habits, as advocated by the church to which they belonged.
Other little granddaughters brought the Nielsen family great joy- Janet Ward was born November 24, 1934 and Dee Ann Rich was born July 25, 1937.
Finally, another grandson, Jay Hubert, born August 10, 1936 thrilled everyone also. Both Ruth and Phyllis were very ill at the time the last mentioned babies were born and the family was indeed grateful when they regained their health to the extent they finally did. The babies were adorable and everyone loved them and the other grandchildren. When Jay was just a baby little Roselyn had an appendicitis operation and everyone was glad to have her recover.
Many good times were had together at the Nielsen and Ward homes in Logan and at the Rich home in Smithfield, Utah, and Preston Idaho, respectively, where Lothaire taught school after his graduation from College. He had a fine voice and and always sand for many occasions and was active in church affairs as were Hubert, Phyllis, Ruth and Violet. Rose was a Relief Society block teacher at times and a talented member of the Sewing Committee of the Third Ward Relief Society. Pete seemed too busy with his work to attend church often as his chores conflicted with meetings.
While Pete was driving his cows home from the field, one started across the highway (old cow lane). Pete went after it on his pony, a car was coming and Pete was thrown from the horse as the car hit the pony. The pony was badly cut but Pete in some miraculous way was not badly injured. How fortunate it was the accident was no worse and the people in the car were not hurt either. Pete did have to pay damages for injury to the car, however. Pete came home very much excited about it though and it took some time for his faithful bay pony to get well but all were glad she did.
When Janet and Dee Ann were quite young, Ivy, John, Joan and Joyce made a rather hurried trip in their car from California to Logan. It was a wonderful occasion for the family to all be together for a short time even. Rose and Violet also sent a nice vacation at Veterans Home in California where Ivy and family were living. Pete always felt he couldn't take time for the trip, in spite of being urged to. He often said how much he had seen when he went East and to Denmark.
On October 5, 1938, Ruth and daughters left Logan for Washington, D.C. to join Lothaire, who had gone a short time before and was working for the Veterans Administration under Civil Service and anticipating attending law school during the evenings. Ruth and girls had stayed in Logan with her folks for a short time before going there. Rose regretted seeing her youngest daughter and children go so far away from her. Phyllis,, who was not very well even then following Jay's birth, felt terrible about Ruth's going also. Ruth said the children were fine on the train, they had a good trip and soon became nicely located in Washington. Thereafter correspondence was the only but enjoyable point of contact with those so far away. They were missed when the Nielsens and Ward family were together, as was Ivy's family.
For some time the nerves of Pete's right eye had troubled him as the lower lid seemed to have dropped lower and the lashes turned in. This troubled Pete and Rose and the girls. Finally, irritation became so severe he went to Dr. Marks, who advised an operation. The doctor called Violet at the bank, saying it was urgent as an ulcer had formed which may have taken the eyesight. Violet got in touch with Hubert. As it so happened Rose was at her Sister Clara's in Logan in observance of their dear mother's birthday February 7, and they went down to ask her advice. That was the first "out" Rose had had that winter and our coming with the news of Dad having to go to the hospital started her; otherwise the gathering was pleasant with her sisters.
Pete was taken to the hospital by Hubert and Violet, although he didn't want to go as he wondered who would take care of the cattle, because it was a cold winter, with heavy snow. The doctor felt it was best not to postpone it. He was given a room. Rose Violet and Phyllis went to see him at night. It was the Gold and Green Ball for the stake Mutual Improvement Association, but Violet, although War Mutual President then, decided not to go. Rose went to the hospital in the morning, an operation was performed, cutting part of the lid so the lashes would not turn in, shortening it in other words, and the ulcer was treated. He was in the hospital for two or three days. The family were surely grateful to Hubert for doing the chores and feeding the cattle during one of the worst blizzards of the winter, when Fiolet and Phyllis could scarcely get through it one night to see Pete at the hospital. Now wonderful through life to have had Phyllis and Hubert and their car and family to rely on. His eye got along all right and the sight was not harmed, which everyone rejoiced over, but the appearance of the lid was not improved as it was still lowered and Pete was conscious of it. However, the preservation of sight was the main thing.
In October of 1939 Violet also decided to go to Washington, as she wanted to see the East. It was difficult for Rose and Violet to thus separate as they'd been perfect companions as mother and daughter, but it's strange how the wanderlust spirit takes possession now and then. She found employment as a stenographer and stayed with Ruth and family and enjoyed seeing a bit of the East. Her letters came to her mother and father frequently, as did Ruth's, as the two of them were thus alone together for the first time since the first year of their marriage.
During the winter of 1940 Pete had the misfortune to lose three horses by one cause or another, but bought a nice grey team to replace two of them.
While Violet was in Washington Rose accomplished many things,, including painting the upstairs bedroom in ivory. While doing so she got infection in her leg from a scratch while going over the garden fence. She and Pete had gone to the parade on the 4th or 24th of July and when she returned after standing on it, it was worse than ever, so swollen and painful. Pete went to the races the afternoon but Rose put packs on her leg and it was very painful then and for many days. She was successful after a long period of time in correcting it, but it was a painful dangerous experience. Young Roselyn Ward, then fifteen years old, came down and assisted her Grandma. Upon hearing of her mother's serious infection later, Violet decided to returned to her former position at the Cache Valley banking Company. She found her mother much better but was ever grateful she came home because of events which followed and enjoyed being at home and felt very fortunate to possess a mother and a father and a comfortable hoe with wonderful meals and the other niceties and luxuries her parents provided. She returned in August.
During the summer Pete's and Rose's granddaughter, Joan Hoface, had written from California that she was coming to Logan to see her relatives, as she had graduated from High School that spring. After graduating, she was busy earning money and did not therefore come to Utah until Labor Day Sept. 1940. Rose,, Pete, Phyllis, Hubert, Violet and Roselyn went to Ogden to meet her. It was nice to all be together and everyone seemed very happy. As Lagoon, a resort near Ogden, was closing that night, the group went there after the train came in and all had such a good time walking around the beautiful grounds with flowers, vines, lagoon, etc.m watching the concessions and going on some of them, as well as everyone having hot dogs, soda water ice cream, etc. Joan seemed so happy to pal with her Grandma, Grandpa and all seemed in good spirits. Everyone enjoyed the ride to Logan through the Sardine Canyon, etc. Phyllis and Hubert again being hospitable and taking their car.
After a great deal of indecision and letters and wires from her folks in California, Joan decided to register at the Utah State Agricultural College and spend a winter with her grandparents in Logan. Rose and Pete's household was therefore occupied again with more than those two. The fall months went by pleasantly although Rose was very busy cooking, cleaning, sewing, tending her chickens, etc. and Pete was busy with his fall work, getting the cattle from the Canyon, milking, feeding the stock cattle at the farm as winter came, etc. But shows and church were enjoyed occasionally and the family had a good time being together, catting, etc. Violet found it wonderful to be with her mother and Dad again. they all enjoyed the radio they owned too.
Joan enjoyed a simply perfect Thanksgiving at the Nielsen home, her first experience in being with so many folks on a holiday, ad she was thus able to see the fine traditio established by Rose and Pete. Violet, Pete, Phyllis,, Hubert, and family were thrilled and appreciative participants of Rose's grand turkey dinner with its delicious accompaniments, table decorations, etc. What a wonderful hostess Rose was and Pete was there to welcome the guests, keep the fuel supplied and fires in the stoves going, and enjoy the banquet prepared by is clever wife. rose had games planned for all ages after dinner, prizes were awarded, etc. She thought of everyone's happiness. Ivy, Ruth, and their families were missed but it was glorious Thanksgiving Day for those present and the last one given by Rose and Pete together.
On November 20, 1940, Rose received one morning a telephone call from Millville, Utah saying Annie, the wife of Pete's brother Hans, had died. We were all shocked as, while we know she was ill with dropsy and asthma, we had not expected death so suddenly. She was not ill many days and had had guest at her home a week or so before playing cards, which she usually loved to do, but she watched that time, however. She loved people to come to see her, was jolly and good company although she had gained considerable weight and it was difficult for her to get around. She and Hans were good companions. Many and Many a time they visited Pete and Rose in Logan. In death she looked nice. Friends called t the Lindquist Mortuary to see her. A beautiful funeral service was held at the Presbyterian Church in Logan of which she was a member. Reverend Koenig was in charge. All of us missed her jovial good nature and personality. Her home seemed desolate without her and Hans was very much broken. She was 81 year of age. Hans carried on alone.
On September 3, 1940, Rose was in a serious accident. Violet knew her mother was going to begin her Christmas shopping that day, as it was time to begin to get presents for Ruth and family in order for them to reach Washington on time by mail. So she had mentioned for her mother not to walk to town that day, but to call a cab. Pete happened to be at home when Rose left, but as she didn't like to trouble him to fill his radiator with water and get the car out in cold weather and as she was always rather nervous when riding, she called a White Cab. Pete wa rather provoked over it and watched her go in the cab. Some time later Will Andrews called him by phone and told hi Rose had been in an automobile accident and she was at his home. Pete immediately went there, saw the taxi which had crashed into another car on the corner of 3rd North and 2nd West, near Rose's sister Lu's and her husband Will Andrew, and then learned the police car which had been down to investigate the accident had urged Rose to go to the Hospital although she was so plucky and brave as to say she was all right, when she had been in such a terrible crash that neighbors saw the cars leave the ground in the impact. rose was knocked unconscious on the bottom of the car for some time. Leo Andrew' wife Gertrude and Rose's niece Pearl A Littledike, had been helpful and Rose had gone into her sister Lu's, who was very frightened and concerned over her beloved sister. Gertrude went to the hospital with Rose and Pete hastened there too. After examinations an delays,, it was determined she had a broken shoulder bone, which was bandaged and taped so tightly, almost a concussion in her head from the severe bump which had caused a great bump and darkness occur, and a sprained ankle. How brave Rose was through it all! Pete came to the bank at about 5:00 pm and informed Violet, after about everything was taken care of. What a horrible shock it was to everyone. Phyllis arrive almost at the same time and they were relieved to see their precious mother sitting in a chair, bandaged, very pale, but with her pretty black fur coat and nice hat on, ready to go home, as Dr. Randall had not had her stay.
She wanted to go to her own home, although Phyllis preferred to have her come there. Cold packs were applied on Rose's horrible bumps on her head, but not as professionally as they should have been. Violet had to go back to the office to finish some of her work she'd left, and phyllis had to get her children ready for the Road Show in the Stake that night, where Rose, Violet, Pete, and Joan had planned to go! What a horrid change. The children felt terrible over their Grandmother's accident and Joan said she'd had a a premonition of something wrong that day, as she had started to cry for no reason at all at about the time the accident occured.
The family was encouraged to have Rose make fair progress. She was so uncomplaining even though her right arm was bandaged her ankle pained her dreadfully, and her poor head ached and was so bruised and sore. Her sister Pearl came and took care of her, the house, and laundry and everyone was appreciative of that. Pet took over the care of the chickens along with his other chores.
Rose was so plucky as to get in her perfect Christmas shopping anyway and Phyllis would take her to town in the car and Rose looked so pretty but pale, as Christmas and always meant so much to her in her goodness to others. She laughing said, "Only Christmas could get me out in the public looking like this," as her eye was black for some time and then her other injuries were bandaged. Phyllis also took her to the doctor for checkings and Pete went sometimes. Joan did a grand job wrapping Christmas presents for her Grandma and Rose wrote on the cards. The day before Christmas the bandage on her shoulder was removed, and everyone was happy about that, although the arm still pained her and was to be massaged, but it was wonderful it knit together so well. Then Joan had flu and was really ill, but finally recovered.
Christmas morning, with all its lovely feeling and gifts was wonderful, as it was always such a joy to see Rose's dear face as she opened her packages and she always gave such grand ones! Pete did his milking and then opened his presents. He was always rather dubious or cautious about them and not so enthusiastic as the Cs with gifts, etc.
The family went to Phyllis's for a grand turkey dinner. How wonderful that daughter always was to her folks. Ivy and John called Joan in the evening from California and the day was a pleasant one, the family giving thanks Rose was improving and with them to bring happiness. Hubert was really ill with the flue,however, and didn't even feel like being up for dinner, but forced himself because it was Christmas.
Then during the holidays Rose took the flu. She was very ill. Joan was home for the holidays and she and Pete kept the house going,, with Violet's help at night. JOan was involved in typing numerous short story reports for school however. Hans came one Sunday to visit, but Rose said for him to not come i
n to see her as, how he had to take care of himself since his wife died, she didn't want him to get the flu. She was ever thoughtful of others. Violet prepared Sunday dinner but Rose's appetite was very small. It took her a log time to gain strength after the accident and the flu. But the center of the home and everyone's world seemed to revolve about her. Pete carried on with his chores and cattle. Rose soon took over her housework alone and even did the washing. Her sister Pearl had come to help in the meantime on the laundry.
On February 11, 1941, another death occurred in the family. Pete's half-brother Christen Larsen, who died of a heart attack, his wife Hannah being alone with him the night it occured. He had apparently felt it coming, however, as he had given instructions as to just how Hannah and the children were to manage after his death. He had retied from farming for some time because of a weak heart, but he had not been actually ill prior to his death. Pete had talked with him only a few days before his death. Pete said he was well versed on events of the European war as he read a great deal about i and listed to the radio. All of Chris' children came home for the funeral Fives in Missouri and had not been home for ten or twelve years. Chris and Hannah had been good companions and she took the death hard. Pete went over to the house, as did Rnd Violet, to see Chris, who looked splendid in death. It is wonderful how the undertakers came make people look so lifelike and with the beautiful casket, lighting, flowers, the horror of death is removed. Aunt Rose was welcomed heartily by Chris's children, Floyd and Orlean, although the families had not been on too intimate terms for some years.
Rose did not feel well enough to attend the funeral service held in the LDS Third Ward Chapel and she looked very pale but pretty the night she went to see Chris. Pete, Phyllis and Hubert went to the serie, as well as all other relatives, h9is sister Annie and family, half brother Hans, and others. Violet took down the funeral service in shorthand and later typed it and gave copies of it to the family. Phyllis took a cake, as it was customary for all other people living on a blok to give something in the way of food to be served to relatives after the service, as they gathered together in memory of the departed. Thus Pete's half brother was now gone. They had lived within a half block of each other all their married lives. Hannah had her daughter Hannah Mae Larsen Loenhart and family come and live with her in the family home.
The winter rolled on into March. There was not much snow and signs of spring appeared. Rose one day cleared the leaves from her pretty bed of daffodils and hyacinth and tulips under the kitchen window. The row of green leaves looked so pretty after she had it completed, and Violet, Joan and all watched for the blossoms to soon appear. Everyone felt so encouraged about Rose's improved health. She even walked to town, visited over the telephone with her sisters, prepared her lovely meals but did say things tired her considerably. She kept busy with Joan, Violet, and Pete to do for!
On March 23 Rose's sister, Grace, had all her sisters at her home in Nobley as they had not been able to get together in observance of their mother's birthday on February 7, as was customary. Also, Grace's son Ballard, only eighteen had enlisted in the United States Army and was leaving for California.
He had been attending Utah State, but felt the Army offered a splendid opportunity to continue his radio training, which he greatly enjoyed and in which he was so interested. Rose, Pete, Violet, Joan, her boy friend, Gene French, and all had a nice Sunday together before Rose and Pete drove to Nibley and violet took pictures of her mother and father. They both looked so nice. Rose had helped select a nice new suit and overcoat for Pete shortly before that. They had gone to town together for the occasion. They had also gone to the third ward reunion that spring.
In the afternoon of the 23rd, Lucilla Feller, Grace and Marjorie Yeates drove to Logan from Salt Lake City and took Violet with them to Nibley so she too got in on the happy gathering of Roses relatives. They all had enjoyed a grand dinner and visit together. The sisters, Rose,k Lu, Grace, Clara, and Pearl, with some of their children, and Rose's, Lu's, and Grace's husbands had a glorious time together. Ballard, with his cute smile and curly hair seemed happy about his enlistment, but his parents were worried, although they thought they should let him do as he chose. Pete drove his car back to Logan with Rose, Clara, and Violet in it. Rose, Pete and Violet had a nice evening together at home after, Pete , doing his chores first and Joan being out with her friend. That was the last happy get-together of the King girls. Their husbands always enjoyed being with them, as they were all happy and such grand meals were served.
The next few weeks Rose's health failed dreadfully. Something serious was upon her. Pete drove her to see Dr. J. C. Hayward and x rays were taken, finally a diagnosis being made that she had a severe case of rheumatism. All were concerned about her, but because she had always been so independent and so self-reliant and capable no one could believe that a horrid stroke was upon her until it was suggested by her sister Pearl on Monday, Arbor Day, in March, when Pearl came to do the washing. Rose and Pete had gone for a little ride with Phyllis and Hubert and children Sunday and great changes were noticed in beloved Rose's ability to walk and speak but she tried to carry on as usual in her brave way. The doctor came Arbor Day and pronounced it a stroke. Rose and Violet had planned to spend the holiday visiting and shopping in Salt Lake City. How different and heartbreaking it was. Violet, because she knew her mother would have had it done, cleared the leaves, grass, etc. from Rose's lovely bed of tulips south of the dining room window. She did igt with a breaking heart, knowing how ill her mother was. Pete too sensed it, as did Phyllis and family.
As the weeks went on, conditions grew worse. The stroke's horrid power of paralysis increased, and although Rose was moved from dining room to bedroom at the doctor's orders, the paralysis of her leg and arm and ability to speak grew worse. Everyone's heart was broken to have beloved Rose like that as she had been so active and always done so much. Letters were set to daughters Ivy and Ruth but no one dared loo at the critical nature of it. However, Ivy came from California and she, Phyllis, Violet, Pete and Rose's sister Pearl tried to give their best and most loving,, devoted care to one so dear. inally a wonderful nurse, Mrs. Leone Jensen Earl, came in part time as the case grew worse. Ruth was advised to come from Washington but not soon enough as at noon Saturday, April 19, 1941, after three weeks illness, which had developed into pneumonia, Pete's lovely and accomplished wife left him and his heartbroken daughters to go to the Great Beyond, she waking from her sleep to give one beautiful look at Pete, Ivy, Phyllis and Violet, surrounded her bed with Mrs. Helen Manwaring, nurse, and then with tears in her eyes, she left! She was only sixty-seven years old and didn't seem that.
The world was indeed lost for her loved ones. Friends and relatives were most kind. Her sisters and many friends had called to see her, alas the Bishopric of the Ward, and she had had administrations, but her life here was no doubt to cease and she to go on to greater glory. Ruth and daughters Kathleen and Dee Ann arrived by train Sunday night, April 25, in Ogden. Hubert, Violet, and Judge Jesse P. Richm, ruth's father-in-law, went to Ogden to meet them and to convey the unbelievable word of her mother's passing. It was Ruth's birthday and she had hoped to see her mother that day. How regrettable it was she was not sent for sooner, but hope for Ros's improvement and restoration to health delayed the word. Ruth could scarcely force herself to enter the house as she said it wasn't right. She embraced her father, however, and said she was glad he was there. Ivy and Phyllis had stayed up too, although the hour was late. The little girls could scarcely believe what had happened to the dear Grandma they had hoped to see!
Friends and folks were unbelievably kind in trying to ease the sorrow of the family. Many, many called at the house. Rose was so very beautiful and queenly in her casket, with beautifully waved iron gray hair, her dark lashes, perfect complexion and features, a beautiful white satin dress with v-neckline with lace at neck and sleeves by her pretty hands, lovely Temple clothes, a rose, and soft lighting in the casket, which was of orchid with a rose hue, velvet brocade. Pete spared no expense as he wanted and had the best for his beautiful wife. None saw her but to stand in awe with love and admiration. The highest authorities of the Ward and Stake of the Church called, also girlhood friends from Millville, friends of Pete's, the daughters' friends and neighbors, which all showed the respect and high regard in which she and the family were held. Flowers were beautiful and Rose's sisters and nieces and nephews all mourned greatly her going. Her grandchildren were heart-broken as they loved her so. She was so good to everyone and young in thought and action, as they, also interested in their activities. Pete's brother Hans, his sister Annie and family and sister-in-law Hannah and family also came.
A lovely service was held after which many gathered at the home in paying honor to the emory of one so dear. Rose's cousin Agnes May Shaw Williams came from Salt Lake City and Elva Johnson Smith from Pocatello, as Elva was Ivy's fine girl friend and thought the world of Rose. Thus, on that Wednesday, April 23, did Pete part with his life companion until they are reunited, because of their Temple marriage. He felt lost indeed as he had always counseled with her on big things. They had been so conservative and thrifty with their incoe that they had money reserved to amply cover all expenses, which Pete immediately settled. The King sisters were thus together again on April 23 - one month from the previous social at Grace's in March but this time to see the last of their dear sister Rose.
Phyllis had been so fine and loyal and under trying circumstances, as she was having her home enlarged and the remodeling thus made everything very unsettled for her. Ivy was faithful and competent. Violet tried to be the same although unable to do as much as desired while working, although there were many days she didn't go to work because her heart was at home and her concern over her mother so great. It seemed almost impossible for Ruth and all the girls to go on without their mother. She had been so vital and inspiring in their lives, giving them such high standards and ideals and all the lovely things one could hope for from a mother. They were glad to have their father to look up to and he relied on the girls.
Joan stayed until the end of school in June and thus completed her Freshman year at College. Violet and Pete were glad to have her with them. They tried to carry on the home, garden, flowers, chicken, as Rose had had it and her guiding influence was an inspiration and aid to the in those empty days. Pete was very busy with his chores,, cows, chickens and spring farm work and garden, but that seemed to be a good thing for him. Rose was greatly missed in every way and the early morning he took his stock cattle to the Cache National Reserve, Phyllis came down to join Violet in watching him go, aas Rose had always risen early prepared his breakfast and seen him off. How strange it was without her. k
Joan returned to California, attended business college at Santa Rosa, and then obtained good positions there and later in San Francisco so she had profited by her year at College living with her grandparents in Logan and had gone to the Military Ball, ball games and other college functions.
Letters from Ruth and Ivy were welcome and talks with Phyllis, as well as frequent visits to the cemetery. Those in Logan tried to keep fresh flowers each Sunday for their loved ones, Rose, Mildren, and Sylvan, as well as Pete's mother, his sister-in-law Annie, father, stepfather, and half-sisters Treenie and Risey. Always it seems the Nielsens have had someone at the cemetery, but the nearness of those there had greatly increased.
Ruth congti9nued the Civil Service position she had started just before her mother's death, with the idea it would help financial matters so she, Lothaire and girls could visit Logan and folks that summer. Their plans were changed by death, but Ruth continued to work as she said it helped her to stop the continuous heartbreaking thinking she did when home alone. She had a nice negro maid take care of the girls. They continue to cry about and miss their grandma, as did Phyllis' children.
Pete had a fine garden, and he and Violet tried to keep the place looking nice as Rose had. Violet had to learn to keep house, cook, and shop as her mother had carried on so nobly which she was there, Violet had had no responsibilities. All this with her bank work, helped to mke it possible to go on without her beloved mother.
In the fall of the year a beautiful grey granite monument was placed in the cemetery - a double one for "Nielsen" with Rose's name on one side and a place for Pete's in the future. It was a beautiful stone with rose design in corner for Rose and they both liked roses. Phyllis and Violet helped in the selection but Pete freely paid the cost.
Pete got his cattle down from the Canyon and winter came very early that fall-October in fact-and continued extremely cold with deep snow real late into the spring. Pete was able to carry on all his work and take care of his cattle, going to the frm each stormy day to feed them. It was a hard winter, but he had ample hay and managed all right.
On December 7, 1941, (Sunday) the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor at Hawaii, the United States suffering great loss in lives of men and ships. War was therefore declared by the United States, she joining England and other allies in the fight against the Axis powers of Germany, Italy, and now horrid Japan. What a thunderbolt that was, and the world was in a terrible state. Production of planes must been increased and the United States must call in more men, women, and factories to meet demands, also farmers much increase supply of food. Pete thus saw the United States enter another World War.
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas were difficult days without Rose, but Phyllis was a wonderful daughter and had Pete and Violet as guests at her home for both occasions. Ruth and Ivy sent lovely gifts and of course the Nielsens and Wards exchanged likewise, but all sensed the great loss of the wonderful wife and mother.
In March Pete was approached by Merlin Eliason of Logan to see if he would be interested in the sale of his farm and cattle. Pete, Violet, Phyllis, and Hubert considered it thoroughly, and Violet insisted on getting the approval by letter also of Ivy in California and Ruth in Washington.It was a hard decision to make, as it represented a life's accumulation by him and Rose of land and a nice herd of cattle. However, with increasing difficulty in finding laborers for farm work due to the war and with Pete's age facing him at 75 years old, he considered it the wise thing to do. Also, he felt it was a good sale because he received cash of $5000 for land and cattle. With the coming of war and increasing need for meat, Merlin Eliason, who had already purchased a farm near Pete's, felt he would lie additional pasture and hay and cattle, as he was a buy and seller of livestock.
The sale was therefore completed on April 1, 1942, Pete receiving cash and placing it on savings accounts with his daughters as joint owners. How careful he was in his expenditures- he placed the entire amount on savings-not even spending anything for personal pleasure. It would be well for more to follow his example. He retained his city lots and chickens. He worked during the summer on the farm for Eliason, as he knew so thoroughly the irrigating system and haying. Violet prepared breakfast and put his lunch up for him to take with him and he drove his car to an from the farm. He seemed to enjoy the lack of responsibility and yet he was still earning at 75!
In order to carry on the poultry project Rose had started, Pete decided to try his lluck with new baby chix so he had 100 delivered. He got along nicely with the electric brooder Rose already had and he put his other hens all in one coop. Eggs were a fairly good price and he kept busy cleaning eggs, caring for the chickens and working at the farm, as well as tending a nice garden, irrigating the lawns and garden each Sunday et. He got in some good shows now and then. He and Hans had some good isits whe Hans came to see him or he wen to see Hans. The two were both without wives and seemed very near to each other as brothers. There wee some days Pete didn't work and he could therefore get some good rest now and then. He seemed to enjoy working with the man Eliason had haired in charge of both farms.
He felt a bit lost without his chores to do and milking, but considered it a better thing in the long run. He took care of the outside of the place, clearing off the frozen flowers, leaves, garden stuff, and read newspapers, magazines, listened to radio, had the fire ready for dinner when Violet came home after work to prepare it. He was always most easy to cook for and took what was given, even though the hour was late some nights when she would work late. She always tried to cook a nice beef roast, which was his favorite meat, ake, and good vegetables for Sunday dinner, as her mother had done. Pete appreciated it, and he and Violet had a good arrangement under way, he and she chatting together each night and sharing their affairs with each other or the news of the day. She missed her mother even more, however, during winters and felt it a bit difficult to carry on house and work, so since Pete wasn't carrying the responsibility of the farm, she decided to go to Salt Lake City for the winter. He rather objected to the idea, fearing she would not better herself n war times, with food being rationed and becoming more scarce, as well as living conditions higher, but after consideration, wished her all good wishes. She worried about his carrying on alone, but knew he could do a fine job as he had batched igt before in his life, and that it would help pass the time for him, if he just kept well. The cellar was, as usual, well stocked with bottled fruits, vegetables, etc. and he had a good supply of fresh eggs and milk from the neighbor, as well as a grand place for his laundry to be done as Mrs. Ellen Pearson Olsen had been doing a beautiful job for him and Violet since Rose left, and she said she would continue for Pete.
Pete became hard of hearing and for a number of years had not attended church regularly but usually went to funerals in the Ward. Pete always liked music, the Edison phonograph records when they were used, band music and Uncle Josh records. He like radio music very much when radios came and could listen to the radio programs by the hour. He also liked football games,, preachers of other churches semi-annual conferences of the LDS Church which he listened to faithfully, as well as news reports over the radio. Thus we picture him in his wooden rocking chair which he thought was so comfortable with the cushion in it, in the dining room at his pace right by the radio where he could hear well.
During the winter his old friend, Mr. Johnson, died in Idaho of a heart attack. Pete had talked with him only a few days before while he was in Logan on a visit to his sister Becky Johnson Yonk. The other brother, will live with the sister now, although the two men had previously been bachelors together in Idaho.
Pete liked to go o town about once a week and meet old acquaintances for chats on the street, go to the bakery for coffee and buns, or to a safe for a hamburger and coffee. He always liked to have lemon drops or soe hard candy in his wardrobe drawer by his bed for a dry throat at night.
]Ivy had a pretty little whit home in Napa, California, with her daughter Joyce, who was a senior at the time of this writing in 1943 at Napa High School and was working part time at a dentist office. Joan married in December in Florida to Clarence Hayden, of the Army Air Corps, and she and he were at Wauchula, Florida, where he was training prior to going overseas, when their happy marriage will be disrupted for a while. John, Ivy's husband was with the State Guard in California guarding bridges and thus serving his country a second time, since he went to France in World War I. Phyllis and Hubert had a lovely home with all modern conveniences in Logan and their children were with them, making a grand family - Darrell at Utah State but expecting he would have to go into the service soon, Roselyn a Senior at Logan High School, both popular with friends. and studying music, clarinet and piano, respectively and playing together; Marjean at Junior High School, Afton at Ellis, both Marjean and Afton studying piano, Jan at Ellis, adorable Jay at home and such a joy to all. Hubert and Phyllis have the wonderful hard work and managing a fine tire shop of their own on Main Street. Hubert is extremely buy at the tire shop and Phyllis with home, teacher in Primary and room mother in PTA. Violet was in Salt Lake City as secretary to a General and Colonel in Division Engineer Office of United States Army, and Ruth and Lothaire at Mount Ranier, Maryland, with daughters Kathleen and Dee Ann and both Ruth and Lothaire having fine government jobs in Civil Service Commission and Department of Agriculture, respectively, a lady taking care of the girls when they are not in school.
Pete enjoyed word from all members of his family. Violet would go up on weekends now and then. His sister Annie lives across the street with husband Mose and his brother Hans in Millville. Both Pete and his brother were almost weekly guests at the home of Phyllis and Hubert for Sunday dinner and Pete surely enjoyed the Ward grandchildren, who treated him so nicely and thought so much of him.
Pete saw much progress in his life-the coming of electricity, railroad, automobiles, radio, tractors for plowing, progress in harvesting of grain, first doe by had then horsepower threshers and then combine harvesters which cut the grain,, put it in bundles and then threshed it. He also had lived through two World Wars and was reading and hearing over the radio of the horrors of World War II.
The years from 1944 to 1951 were added to complete the life of Peter L. Nielsen since he passed away 16 February 1951, at the age of eighty-four.
During May 1943, Peter's daughter Ruth and husband Lothaire and their two daughters Kathleen and Dee Ann returned to Utah from the East to live in Logan, since Lothaire had a position with the Office of Price Administration. Since Peter was living alone it was very nice to have them live with him and they got along splendidly.
In June of 1943 Petter's grandson, Darrell Ward, became a Marine and this was a heartbreaking experience for his mother, Phyllis, to see her y0ung nineteen year old son prepare for War. He was assigned first to Boulder, Colorado, then to California, and later to Okinawa, where terrific battles were fought, his buddies blown to piece, and where he was seriously ill from a back injury. It was with gratitude in our hearts when he returned after the war ended. Phyllis did much Red Cross work and Hubert supplied many tires for farmers and others, recapping, as rubber was scarce.
Peter's daughter Ivy also joined the Women's Army Corps (WACs) and wore the WAC uniform and gave wonderful service in the Medical Corps. She visited her father and folks in Utah once during that time as she was trained and in service in various States and was released at the end of the War.
In 1944 Ruth and Lothaire bought their first home and really were proud of it. It was in Logan and they thus moved from Pete's home there. In June 1944 Violet returned to Logan to resume her work at Cache Valley Banking Company and carry on with her father in their beloved home. she felt much better after having had time away to adjust to the loss of her mother and have had new experiences and made new friendships and was happy to be at home with her father, feeling herself very lucky to have his companionship there.
During that period Peter's granddaughter Joan had come to live in her mother's old home with her Grandfather and Aunt Violet before the arrival of her first child, Charles Arthur Hayden, 7 October 1945, Peter's first great grandchild and a lovely baby. Joan's husband and mother were both in the service but ame to Logan for the happy event. Ivy was released from the WACS and remained in Logan to care for her daughter.
on 25 March 1946 Peter's grandson, Darrell Nielsen Ward, Married Afton Hall in the Logan Temple, following his release from wonderful, courageous service in the Marines. they lived in Logan while he went to Utah State and his wife taught school.
Roselyn Ward, Peter's granddaughter, became a bride of Keith E Larsen, the same year on 7 October 1946. She continued working as an efficient secretary while Keith went to college in Logan and they lived in an apartment. Roselyn had worked in the County Clerk's Office of the Court House and at Cache Valley Banking Company. Both weddings were lovely and Phyllis had done beautiful handwork for her daughter and a quilt for Darrell's.
rrn in Logan, Utah, on 11 November 1947. She was their first baby and the first adored grandhiod for Phyllis and Hubert Ward. Douglas Nielsen Rich was born 30 September 1947. and was Ruth's and Lothaire's first son and so welcome since the older sisters were thirteen and ten years old. He was born in Salt Lake City. In 1948 Darrell and Afton had another lovely baby girl-Pamela Ward, born at Logan 5 september 1948, giving Peter another new little great granddaughter.
The year 1947 was centennial year for the Church and many important events were staged throughout the State that year. Thus Peter lived to participate in a centennial, which is a big event in ones life. His brother Hans also was interested in the parades and other observances of the coming of the pioneers to Utah July 24, 1847.
In the spring of 1949 Pete's brother Hans had been in poor health because of a bad cold or flu and near pneumonia neighbors came and cared for him. Pete, Phyllis, Violet, and Hubert visited him occasionally. Then on the 15th of April a neighbor called phyllis to say Hans wanted to come to Logan to visit his brother Pete and stay overnight because the lady taking care of him had other plans that day. Phyllis drove Pete over for him and Hans visited that afternoon and evening with his brother, who prepared meals for him. In the evening Hans Nephew, Hendrick Larsen, son of Christen Larsen, and his wife also called in when they heard he was in Logan. Hans' memory was so keen and he told Hendrick many things of the past. It is regretted that they weren't recorded. On Violet's return from the office they also had a good visit as Hans had a bad cough and didnt breathe well when lying down, although Pete gave him his little bedroom close to the bathroom in which to sleep and he went to the upstairs room. Hans arose very early, enjoyed a good breakfast Violet prepared for him and Pete and then Pete prepared a nice light lunch for him, after which he went in the bedroom for a nap and rest. Pete went in to check on him a short time later and found he had passed away, at the age of eighty-nine. It was a wonderful way to go but a great shock to Pete and everyone as the end had not been anticipated so suddenly. Violet had talked with the doctor that morning and made arrangements for a prescription for his cough to be delivered that day. Hans apparently had a dopy condition as his feet were swollen and the water apparently closed in around his heart and lungs.
In death Hans looked very handsome in his light suit,. beautiful casket, and was viewed by many at Kenneth Lindquist's Mortuary Parlor. A lovely service was held at the Presbyterian Church, Logan, of which he had been a faithful member since marrying Annie. Reverend Miner E. Pruner was the minister and a close Millville friend, "Ron" Jensen also talked. Musical numbers were lovely. His stepson, Martinus Larsen, came from Soda Springs but his other stepson, Holm Larsen's whereabouts were not known. His niece, Orlene Larsen Henrie from Gunnison, Utah, his niece Ruth from Salt Lake City, and Hans' wife's folks from Plymouth, Idaho, as well as his niece Phyllis Ward and husband, niece Violet and Many others were there, with his half-sister Annie, half-sister-in-law Hannah and members of their families, with his brother Pete. Hans had been a courageous, strong character, good neighbor, and fine brother and uncle. He and his wife had looked on the jovial side of life. He was resourceful. He drove his car until only a few months before his passing. His hoe in Millville was later sold. He had bought the John King home where when he moved from Soda Springs at the time his farm had been bought by Utah Power and Light Company. Chris really missed his brother and their visits. How close the relationship of those Nielsen brothers had been for man, many years. Hans and Annie are buried in Logan City Cemetery. Hans took pride in taking his beautiful red peonies which he grew to his wife's grave on Memorial Day when he was alive.
On May 19, 1949 in Salt Lake City, Ruth and Lothaire rejoiced over the arrival of their second son-Gordon Lothaire Rich. This gave Peter twelve wonderful grandchildren of whom he was very proud and in whom he was much interested. On 3 October 1950 Joyce and Peter Stavros welcomed their first child, Michael Peter Stavros, born at Idaho falls. Thus Peter was blessed with five great grandchildren. Ivy and her husband John visited Pet in Logan enroute to Idaho Falls to see Joyce and baby. Ivy through the years was faithful o make almost annual visits to her parents and then her father and other family members even though she lived in California and the trip was expensive.
Pete continued in good health and active around his home, enjoying his radio and newspapers, trips to Idaho or Canyon with Phyllis and family, and to Ruth's occasionally where he attended the Utah state Fair with her one year.
In his later years Pete had difficulty again with his eye. Another ulcer formed because of the irritation of the eyelash and he again had to spend a few days in the hospital. Violet and Phyllis and Hubert visited him. his doctor, R. C. Porter, said the marvelous new drugs had saved his sight. We were all so grateful. On another occasion earlier he had hd hops the cataract which had formed on his eye might be removed, but the specialist in SLC to whom Dr. Porter sent him found it inadvisable because of the condition of the blood vessels back of his eyes. Pete was disappointed as he had hoped his vision might be improved since cataracts cause cloudy vision many times during the day. He endured everything with real patience.
His children and grandchildren enjoyed visiting him as he sat in his rocking chair with its attractive chintz cushion and chair-back of foam rubber covered with some chintz which Ivy had sent him and Phyllis and she sewed. He had moved it to the kitchen so he could sit by the range and keep warm and comfortable, sine the house had no central heat, only coal stoves. He had been so buy with his farm work his family did not have time to get as well acquainted with him before. He sold his chickens later, also the foop, as well as his city lots, to relieve him of car and worry and expense as the sewer was anticipated to pass. He therefore had only his home and city lot 6 x 18 rids He peeled apples so evenly in one long peel and enjoyed eating one nearly every day. He wa of real assistance to Violet too when she canned fruit for them for the winter as he would be most faithful in the preparation of apples, peaches, or tomatoes as they chatted together.
Pete's children remembered him on his birthdays. when he was eighty, Ivy came from California for a visit and had a beautiful tired birthday cake made for him, decorated so pretty. No big dinners were held in later years, however, as Rose said each time she observed his birthday in a big way, some sad thing ater happened so the tributes were quietly made, the girls giving thanks their Dad was with them and a guide to them. His sons-in-law had always got along well with him, thought a lot of him and respected Dad.
On his 84th birthday, October 29, 1950, Ruth, Lothaire, Dee Ann and the boys came from Salt Lake City to see him and Phyllis and Hubert and family called in also. Violet was there as well.
Late that fall Pete began having a difficult time to breathe when ever exerting himself. He went to the doctor but the donsition did not improve. However, Violet had the joy of having the family all together for Thanksgiving that year around Pete's big dining room table and he enjoyed it.
Phyllis and Hubert were remodeling their home by taking away the porch and extending the living room. Phyllis always had good architectural plans and ideas. When it was finished, Peete wanted o see it so badly that he said he would go, when they called for him in the car, if it killed him. We were grateful the exertion was not too much and he enjoyed his visit near Christmas time. He was always interested in what his girls and families were doing.
About Christmas time too he ha sat in the big rust colored hair in the dining room one day under the big old fashioned clock on the wall which had been a wedding present to him and his wife, and told Violet he wanted his home deeded to her, since she was single and the difficulty of married daughters owning and re-deeding it wold not be involved, also that she was to live in it because she had no home of her own so long as she wanted. She immediately said "no" because it was heartbreaking to think what he had been anticipating and because she believed everything should be divided equally among heirs, and she later felt she did not express sufficient gratitude for the overwhelming generosity of her father in thinking of her in that way. He deeded the home to her and the deed was recorded. She in turn deeded it in an unrecorded deed to her three sisters, share and share alike should anything happen to her. Pete's thinking of those things showed he anticipated the end and that was what caused the family such sadness. It gave him peace of mind, however,, to know his financial affairs would be as he desired them and of course such preparation is wise and doesn't hasten any end. He had his bank accounts and US Savings Bonds Series 2 divided equally for his girls. He always said he didn't want what little property he had to be probated through the courts. His daughters so unselfishly and generously accepted his decision to give the home to Violet and it was her ope it would be a joy and comfort it always had been.
Christmas Day that year was spent at home because of Pete's not feeling well as Phyllis had invited him and violet to join her and her family for their usual observance. However, Ruth, Lothaire and children surprised biole and Pete by driving up and bringing goodie with them to add to what Violet had cooked so they had dinner together. All his children had sent him gifts.]
Pete's breathing continued to be difficult and he was faithful in trying many things to relieve it. Phyllis came down and stayed with him frequently although he was up in his rocking chair each day until the latter part of January when he felt better just staying in bed, with less exertion so he could breath better. He was given shots to relax him and sometimes the reaction was not good. Ivy came fro, California to care for him with Phyllis while Violet was at work and then would assist in the evenings. Ruth came from SLC often with her little boys or with just Douglas, three years old, getting a baby tender for Gordon nearly two. The daughters would sit up nights with him and he felt good having his girls care for him and so grateful. Later a nurse was employed when the daughters felt it was for his welfare but the tender devoted care the girls gave was greatly appreciated.
The Bishopric of the 17th Ward, to which he belonged, following the division of the Third Ward was most faithful in calling on him, telephoning as to his welfare, and administering to him. Also the President of his High Priest Quorum, Howard Larsen, neighbor Earnest A Sorenson, and others were most faithful to visit, and his sister Annie came over frequently and he enjoyed her visits. She often brought nice things for him to eat, such as Danish sweet soup (made of tapioca, prunes cinnamon stick) and Danish sugar cookies. Phyllis brought lovely delicacies including her perfect lemon pe, which was a favorite of his, as well as good homemade beef soup.
No improvement occurred and at 7:15 am on the morning of Friday, 16 February, 1951, when the four girls were awake and all near him, with the nurse, he passed peacefully away after a brave and courageous fight against his illness which brought heartache to his family because he suffered so. He was very modest and independent during his illness and expressed appreciation for everything done for him. His family wished they could have helped him more.
In spite of a big snow storm that Sunday, many, many friends called to see him. He looked so young, handsome and well preserved for his eighty-four years. His daughters at first thought of getting a steel casket for him but recalled he had said he wanted one as near like his wife's as possible. His was a lovely shade of gold brocade velvet with plain lovely gold or maize velvet inside and so very nice for him. His Temple clothes looked beautiful on him. The flowers were profuse and the service beautiful in the Third/Seventeenth Ward Chapel. It was a bright winter day Monday. He joined his wife in their burial plot in Logan Cemetery by the beautiful grey double headstone of granite he and his daughters had chosen.
Numerous relatives gathered at the home afterward to pay last homage to him. Many had come from distances, SLC, Pocatello and others.
How greatly this guiding light was missed and continues t be missed by his daughters and grandchildren and others. But they know he was gone to a rich reward and that death can be sweet when one suffers greatly. His had been a relatively long, rich, life and he was happy to be able to stay in his own familiar home, not wanting to go to the hospital in illness.
He was such a good listener the girls missed confiding in him and his wise management of his business affairs. He had had ample funds from the accumulation he and his wife Rose had saved to cover all expenses, leave a home and about $1000 to each daughter as well as a few Savings Bonds to each. A small amount was given to each grandchild as a token remembrance of their grandparents. He had said when he was ill that he hoped his daughters would always carry on in harmony and be a near and dear to each other as they had been during the last weeks of his life. During the years he and Violet had kept the home together, when she became upset about something at office or otherwise, he would calmly say, "Don't take it so hard, my girl." Those words helped and should be remembered. He was most appreciative of Sunday dinners and all everyone did for him. He looked so nice when he dressed in his best clothes - usually dark blue suit, light blue shirt, nice tie, sometimes with red in it He enjoyed parades, the fairs, rodeos, music on radio, his noonday news broadcasts, was interested in politics and although a Republican, he voted for the man he though best for President of the United States.
While working on the farm and around the home, he wore blue overalls and blue work shirt or a tan one or grey one for threshing days Ivy recalled the red handkerchief he tied around his neck to prevent chaff getting in . On Sunday afternoons he wore a nice light shirt and his dark slacks in later years.
Pete had seen much progress since he was a little boy of four came to Logan from Denmark with his parent. He enjoyed flowers and growing things his big lilac bush, the roses, peonies, gladioli, and other flowers such as tulips and daffodils around his home. He was faithful to irrigate them. He saw new homes constructed on the block in wh9ich he lived, where only few had been for years He and his good neighbor, Jim Peterson enjoyed talks over the fence in their backyards.
At the time of his passing he was a High Priest in the 17th Ward. He had been ordained to this office 18 May 1941 by J. Urban Allred. How wonderful to have held that Priesthood.
Pete left the following members of his family: Daughters: Ivy Nielsen Hofacre and husband, John P. Hofacre and their daughter Joan and second husband Kenneth Wayne Johnson as well as Joan's children by first husband, Charles Arthur Hayden and Judy Lynn Hayden and their daughter Joyce and husband, Peter Harry Stavros and their child, Michael Peter Stavros; Phyllis Nielsen Ward and husband Hubert C. Ward, their children Kathleen, Pamela, Roselyn Ward and husband, Keith E. Larsen, Marjean Ward, Afton Elaine Ward, Janet Ward and Jay Hubert Ward; Violet Ione Nielsen (unmarried); Ruth Nielsen Rich and husband Lothaire R. Rich and their children Kathleen Rich, Dee Ann Rich, Douglas Nielsen Rich, and Gordon Lothaire Rich.
Also his sister Annie and her husband, Moses A Olsen and their children Owen, O. Card, Leland M., Wesley L., Ross L. and Glen L. Olsen and his step-sister-in-law Hannah O. Larsen, widow of Christen Larsen, and their children, Floyd, Orlene, Evenly, Hendrik and Mae. Also his wife's sisters Jennie, Grace, Clara and Pearl and their children. All had thought a great deal of "Uncle Pete" and his sister's boys had worked with him on the farm, as had many young boys who spoke of their experience working with him. A rich heritage and life!
Note from Violet Ione Nielsen:
I have completed typing this history 9 December 1957 and I realize it is very detailed and involves many others but I feel their lives are interwoven with his and thus made his life's history from year to year. I again am expressing gratitude to him for his patience with me as I wrote don the earlier part with the assistance of him and Uncle Hans also in writing their father's and mother’s from which part of his is gleaned. He said I should be an attorney I asked so many questions. I was most interested and am grateful for all we have which I hope will be found accurate in regard to later years. This is my version of his life and I am grateful for a fine father and mother.