Glen Peterson, who is devoting his time and energies to agricultural pursuits on Roberts Island, has been a resident of San Joaquin county since 1876 and of California since 1874. He is a native of Missouri, his birth having occurred in Saline county, that state, on the 15th of April, 1849. His parents were Thomas and Mary (Hall) Peterson, the former a native of Missouri, while the latter was born in Virginia.

Mr. Peterson spent his youth in his native county and attended the common schools, thus acquiring a good practical education to assist him in meeting life's responsible duties. Only a short time before he attained his majority he left Missouri and went to Texas, where he remained for about two years, visiting various portions of that state. The far west attracted him and in 1874 he came to California, going first to Sonoma county, where he spent about two years. In 1876 he arrived in San Joaquin county and in 1878 settled in the lower portion of Roberts Island, where he now resides. He has since carried on agricultural pursuits and as a farmer is very progressive in his methods. He owns forty acres of land under a high state of cultivation and well improved with modern accessories and conveniences. He thoroughly understands the best methods of cultivating the crops, and his energy and industry formed the basis of a very desirable success.

On the 6th of June, 1880, Mr. peterson was united in marriage to Miss Mary Robinson, a sister of Isaac N. Robinson, of Roberts Island. By this marriage ten children have been born, of whom nine are yet living, namely: Lawrence, John K., Jennie, Glen, Warren, David, Mattie, Nettie and Jefferson.

In community affairs Mr. Peterson has taken a deep interest and has borne a helpful part. He has served as a trustee of Peterson school district, which was named in his honor, and the cause of education finds in him a warm friend. His political allegiance is given to the Democracy and he keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day. He is a member of the Improved Order of Red Men at Stockton, California. Public progress, as manifested in material, educational and social advancement, is a matter of deep interest to him and he gives earnest support to every measure which he believes will contribute to the general good. His life has been active, useful and honorable and commands for him the esteem and confidence of his neighbors and friends.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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