Solano County

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In the death of the late Harry Petersen, one of the old and honored pioneers of the Dixon district, Solano county lost one of its representative citizens. His career was a long, busy and useful one, and although he devoted his attention primarily to his individual affairs, he never allowed the pursuit of wealth to warp his kindly nature, but preserved his faculties and the warmth of his heart for the broadening and helpful influences of human life, being to the end a kindly friend and gentleman, with whom it was a pleasure to associate. Mr. Petersen was born on the island of Finn, Germany, on the 15th of September, 1835, and his death occurred on the 1st of July, 1908, when in the seventy-third year of his age. He received his education in his native land and then went to sea. Eventually he became captain of a sailing vessel, and in the late '508 he came around Cape Horn to California. Here he left the sea and turned his attention to mining, in which he met with but little success. Mr. Petersen then came to Solano county and took up a government claim of one hundred and sixty acres in the northern section, near Dixon, and devoted himself indefatigably to its cultivation and improvement. He gradually prospered and added to his holdings from time to time until he eventually became one of the largest landowners in the district, the old home ranch being still in the possession of the family. He also owned three thousand acres of delta land near Rio Vista. He was a hard working man, exercising good business judgment in all his operations, and he was progressive and enterprising in his ideas. A public-spirited and progressive citizen, he ever lent his support to every movement for the betterment of the community, and his benefactions were large. He and his wife founded the Lutheran church in Dixon and gave freely to its support. Mr. Petersen was one of the founders of the Bank of Dixon, of which he served as a director for many years. In his business career as well as in his private life no word of suspicion was ever uttered against him, for his actions were always the result of careful and conscientious thought and he did his full duty in all the relations of life.

In 1866 Mr. Petersen was married to Miss Mary F. Bauch, who was born near Hamburg, Germany, and came to Dixon in the year of her marriage, an uncle and a brother having preceded her here. To their union were born five children, namely: Christopher, who died at the age of twenty-one years, and Henry, Mrs. Matilda Hall, Mrs. Millie Moss and William D. There are nine grandchildren. Mrs. Petersen, who now lives in Dixon, possesses a kindly and gracious personality, and her life has been filled with good deeds and love for all about here. She is held in esteem and affection by all who know her and is numbered among the fine old ladies of Solano county.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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