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Jens Peter Andersen and
Magnhild Bernhus Andersen

Seven Persons - Once Hundred Sixty Acres and a Dream
As the Story was Told
Pete Andersen was born in Denmark in 1885. He had taken a special carpenters' training course while at school and so worked at this trade for several years in his youth, going into Germany and Switzerland to work, too. In 1907 he emigrated to Minnesota and North Dakota, and in 1908 he came to Seven Persons to take a homestead. He continued with his carpentry trade for several years and rented his farm out. In 1912 he acquired machinery and horses to operate his farm, and he acquired more land. He bought cattle and put up hay for them from the hay meadow that adjoined his land. For several winters he fed calves and shipped them to Winnipeg, going along on the train to sell them.

In September of 1924, Pete married Magnhild Bernhus, who had come to Canada from Norway. Together they built a fine farm. His first car was a second-hand Model "T" Ford. His first truck was purchased in 1928 and was a Chevrolet, capable of hauling about eighty bushels of grain. In 1929, he bought a caterpillar tractor and in 1938 a combine, in partnership with Walter Jensen. Mrs. Andersen was a fine wife and helpmate, and often helped with milking or even drove machines in the fields.

The Andersens had six children. One son, and five daughters.

Because the Andersen children lived in unorganized territory, and were five miles from the Joffre School, getting an education for each was a problem. They travelled by horse and cart in the summer and by team and sleigh in the winter. They even learned to drive a car when they were quite young, and learned well for their road was but a prairie trail and if they made mistakes, and became stuck, they would have had to walk. A credit is due to them and to their parents that they each acquired the grade twelve matriculation standing.

"Pete and Mrs. Pete", as they were fondly called by their friends, moved to Medicine Hat to make their home in 1964. For years they enjoyed visiting their family, their friends in the country and in the city, and their cottage at Elkwater. They had earned a place of respect in several communities.

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