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Joseph Christian (Chris) Peterson

by Nano C. Nelson and Marie R. Boulton
Stirling - Its story and People" pages 30 - 31

Joseph Christian (Chris) Peterson was born March 21, 1862, in Hurring, Denmark. He arrived in Stirling, Alberta, Canada, on May 5, 1899. He had answered the call of the Latter-Day Saint church to come and help build the canal. He also helped build the part of the railroad contracted by Theodore Brandley. After these projects were completed, he returned to Elsinore, Utah, to his wife Cecelia Jane Lott and his children.

Chris was thrilled with Canada and had decided to sell his property and move to Stirling. Cecilia needed some convincing, but was soon packed and they all came to Canada.

Chris had worked on the canal near Welling and he bought his property in that area. He built the first home on the Nine Mile Coulee and it was there he turned the first sod. He was always known by his friends as Nine Mile Peterson. His life's work was in agriculture, raising Marquis wheat and timothy. In 1929, he sold out and moved to Spokane, Washington.

His wife, Cecelia, was born June 13, 1867, in Lehi City, Utah. Chris and Cecelia had four daughters and one son.

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