Pages 231-232, 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 M. LINQUIST, a farmer of Elsmore township, was born in Sweden on the 3rd of June, 1834, a son of James P. and Mary (Peterson) Linquist, both of whom spent their entire lives in Sweden. The subject of this review remained in that country until twenty-three years of age, when hoping to find better opportunities than were afforded in the old countries of Europe, he crossed the Atlantic to America, arriving in Henry county, Illinois, in 1857. There he began working by the month for he had no capital, and it was necessary to depend upon the labors of his hands for his support. It was after his arrival in Illinois that he was married to Miss Edna Carlson, a Swedish lady, who came to the United States with her parents in 1852, locating in Illinois. Mr. Linquist removed to Warren county, Illinois, where he was employed for three years and then returned to Henry county, there purchasing a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, making it his place of residence for seven years. On the expiration of that period he removed to Moline, Illinois, and through the seven succeeding years was in the employ of the John Deere Plow Company. The year 1879 witnessed his arrival in Kansas. He took up his abode in Elsmore township, Allen county, where he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land, and began the improvement of what is now one of the finest farms around Savonburg, supplied with modern accessories and conveniences. His fields are highly cultivated, and in addition to the raising of grain he handles all kinds of stock.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Linquist have been born eight children, as follows: Rosa, wife of Olaf Swanson, now in Kansas City, Missouri; Emma H., wife of John Johnson; Nellie and Caroline, at home; Esther, who is engaged in teaching school in Savonburg; Peter S., George and David, who are still with their parents. The three last named possess considerable musical talent, a love of the art of music being a characteristic of the family. By his ballot Mr. Linquist supports the Republican party. He has filled the office of township treasurer for a number of years, and in November, 1900, was elected township trustee. His marked fidelity to the duties of citizenship is a guarantee of faithful service. Mr. Linquist's hope of benefitting


his financial condition in America has been more than realized. Improving his opportunities he has placed his reliance upon the substantial qualities of diligence and perseverance and has therefore acquired creditable success.

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