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John Pehrson, county register of deeds of Mason county, Michigan, is a native of Sweden, that country which has given to America one of her most important and valuable sources of emigration. The Swedish element has shown itself to be possessed of all the essential elements of good citizenship and these in fullest measure characterize him whose name initiates this review. Mr. Pehrson was born near the town of Karlstad, December 14, 1859, and it was there that he was reared and educated. The names of his parents were Pehr Olson and Christina Olson, the farmer being a farmer by occupation, and Mr. Pehrson was the last in a family of ten children.

In 1880, shortly before the attainment of his majority, Mr. Pehrson hearkened to the voice of opportunity from the shores of the New World, and severing home ties set sail for America. In course of time he found his way to Ludington, Mason county, and there remained for about two years, engaged in general work. He then found himself in a position to marry, and after that happy event he purchased land in Amber township and removed to it. It was new land, much of it wooded, but he set about taming the virgin acres and clearing them and soon had a most valuable farming property, which he still owns. This contains one hundred and fifty-five acres, and is most advantageously situated about four miles east of Ludington. He engages for the most part in the cultivation of hay and general farming.

The subject is everywhere known as a public-spirited and progressive citizen, and one to whom it is eminently safe to entrust the public interests. He is one of the captains in the ranks of local Republicanism and his unselfish devotion to the party was recognized in 1904 by his election to the important office of register of deeds. As signal mark of the satisfactory character of his services and the esteem in which he is held he was re-elected in 1906, again in 1908, and again in 1910. In the latter year he received a majority of eight hundred and twenty-four votes, which shows his popularity. He is assisted by his daughter, Agnes L., as deputy county register. This is not his first experience as a factor in public affairs, for he was supervisor of Amber township for eight years, has served on the township school board, and has been the encumbent of several other local offices. For thirty years he has been a resident of Mason county, in that time witnessing great change and progress, while contributing in no small measure, to the same. Mr. Pehrson in 1907 returned to his native country where he spent six weeks visiting his boyhood home and associates.

On the 7th day of October, 1882, Mr. Pehrson was united in marriage to Miss Hilma Anderson, a native of Sweden and a daughter of Andwew Johnson. Their union has been blessed by the birth of four children, namely: Louis G., Victor C., Charles W., and Agnes L., all educated in Michigan.

Mr. Pehrson is not one to allow all social and fraternal proclivities to be sacrificed to the demands of business, and he is one of the prominent lodge men of the county, his membership extending to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias and the Swedish Aid Society.

A history of northern Michigan and its people, Volume 2 By Perry Francis Powers, Harry Gardner Cutler

 

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