Pages 472-473, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




PETER C. JACOBSON is one of the worthy residents of Allen county that Denmark has furnished to the Sunflower state. Of Danish birth his natal day was August 26, 1836. His parents, Peter J. and Cory Jacobson, were also natives of Denmark, the former born in 1801, and the latter in 1798. They spent their entire lives in the land of their birth and are now deceased.

Until twenty-five years of age Peter C. Jacobson remained in Denmark, and then, in 1861, came to America, locating first in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he worked at the shoemakers trade. He afterward followed that pursuit in Madison, Wisconsin, until the 16th of April, 1862, when he joined the Union army as a private of Company A, Twenty-third Wisconsin Infantry. With that command he served for three years and two months and participated in many of the most hotly contested engagements of the war, including the battles of Haines Bluff, Arkansas Post, Grand Gulf, Black River Bridge, Champion Hills, Jackson and the siege of Vicksburg, which resulted in the capture of that city after forty-three days of siege. He was also in the battles of Port Gibson, Sabine Cross Roads, Appaloosa, Fort Blakely, Spanish Fort, Mobile and many other engagements of lesser importance. After three years of service he was mustered out at Mobile, having been one of the loyal defenders of his adopted land. He was only slightly wounded, his injuries never keeping him away from the field of duty.

On receiving an honorable discharge Mr. Jacobson returned to Madison, Wisconsin, but soon afterward located in Green Bay, that state, where he resided for seven years. During that period he was married to Mary Jenson, a native of Denmark, and they have five children: Charles C., at home; Sarah A., wife of Charles E. Foster; Benjamin F., a resident of Canton, Illinois; Marion W. and Ida M., both at home.

After his marriage Mr. Jacobson removed to Helena, Arkansas, where he remained for three years, working at his trade. In 1873 he came to


Kansas, locating first at Osage Mission, where he followed farming until 1874. That year witnessed his arrival in Allen county, and after three years spent on a farm west of Savonburg he removed to the farm which is now his home and on which he has erected a good residence. He has also made other substantial improvements. During President Cleveland's administration he received an appointment to the position of railway postal clerk and served in 1897 and 1898 on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad and on the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway. Since that time he has continuously and successfully engaged in farming. In America he has found the opportunity he sought of advancing to a position of affluence, and as the result of his own efforts he now has a comfortable property. He belongs to the Grand Army Post at Elsmore and in his political affiliations is a Populist.

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