Collections of the State Historical Society of North Dakota
State Historical Society of North Dakota, 1910
Vols. 1-4 include the annual report for 1906-[1910/1912].
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Sven August Peterson and Augusta C Peterson founded the store and Post Office at Painted Woods ND. They were from Sweden. The article is wrong when it said the store and post office were established by Louis Peterson from Norway.
Sven August Peterson was born in 1852 or 1853 in Smolen, Sweden and died in 1916 at Painted Woods. He served as Postmaster when a new post office was established at Painted Woods on 5/5/1879. A trading post was also established in the same building. In 1914, his daughter Martha Peterson Witmore took over the post office until it was closed on 4/30/1920. S.A. Peterson married Augusta Carolina Johnson. They had three girls. Selma Alvada Peterson ( Besancon?) born 4/1881, Martha Gustas Peterson born 5/1882 and Elvira Linnea Peterson born 5/1884.
Elvira Linnea Peterson married Clark R Crawford. Their children were Jean M Crawford (Skeens), Leonard K. Crawford, Keith J. Crawford and Clark Robert Crawford (8/3/1918-11/07/2004).
Clark Robert Crawford married Helen Ritchie of Steele, ND on 8/29/1942. They had three children, Clark David Crawford, Greg Lee Crawford and Tod Alan Crawford.
The State Historical Society of North Dakota has 126 items from the Painted Woods Post office call number MS 20508 OCLC Number OCM18085778