BIOGRAPHIES OF TRAILL COUNTY
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JAMES C. PATON

Some records have his surname as Patton.
James was born 4 July 1835 and died 23 January 1911.
He taught at the first Caledonia school in 1872. In the 1880 Federal Census and the 1890 Veterans Federal Census James is living in Caledonia.
He secured a 160 acre land patent in Section 34, Township 146, Range 49.
James enlisted as a Private in Company H, Minnesota 6th Infantry Regiment on 13 August 1862. He was promoted to Full Corporal. He mustered out on 10 August 1864. He started receiving is pension on 22 May 1875. His wife Anna started receiving a widow's pension on 12 February 1912 in Washington.
He is buried at Cashmere Cemetery, Cashmere, Washington.
Burial, Tombstone Picture.


JOHN E. PAULSON

North Dakota History and People - Outlines of American History
Volume II
The E. J. Clarke Publishing Company
1917 - Chicago

Hon. John E. Paulson, senator from Traill county and one of its foremost business men, has been connected with commercial interests in Hillsboro since 1880. His activities have been an element in the material development of the city and a factor in promoting public progress and prosperity. He was born in Carver county, Minnesota, March 3, 1856, a son of Henry and Johanna (Person) Paulson, the former a native of Grue, Norway, and the latter of Skane, Sweden. It was in the year 1850 that the father crossed the Atlantic and two years afterward the mother made the voyage. They were pioneer farming people of Minnesota. Mr. Paulson took up his abode at Carver when he arrived in the new world, but his wife became a resident of St. Paul. They were married in 1854 and settled on a farm in Carver county, where he resided for almost three decades or until 1883, when he came to North Dakota, establishing his home in Eldorado township, Traill county. There he resided up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1899, and in the interim success attended his efforts in large measure and he became the owner of eight hundred acres of rich and valuable land. He had long survived his wife, who passed away in Minnesota in 1874.
John E. Paulson was reared under the parental roof and supplemented his public school education by study in the Gustavus Adolphus College, then located at Carver, Minne- sota, but now at St. Peter, Minnesota. In 1877 he came to North Dakota, reaching Traill county on the 9th of August. He became a resident of Caledonia, then the only town of any consequence in the county, and secured a position in a mercantile and implement house as a clerk. A year later he embarked in merchandising on his own account at Caledonia and afterward extended the scope of his business to include implements. In the fall of 1880 he removed his stock to Hillsboro, where the business has been developed into one of the most important commercial enterprises of Traill county. In 1891 he erected one of the largest business blocks in the city and he carries a very extensive line of goods, so that he is able to meet the varied demands of the public. He has ever recognized that satisfied customers are the best advertisement and his energy, close application and reliable dealing have ever been recognized as salient features in his growing success. He has also become a stockholder and is one of the board of directors of the First National Bank of Hillsboro, with which he has been identified from its organization.
In January, 1881, Mr. Paulson was united in marriage to Miss Mabel D. King, her father being James S. King, a retired farmer residing in Hillsboro. To them have been born three children, two of whom survive, namely: Agnes H., the wife of R. G. Grant, of Hillsboro; and Herbert H., who is employed in his father's store.
Fraternally Mr. Paulson is connected with Hillsboro Lodge, No. 10, F. & A. M., and has attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Eite in Dakota Consistory, No. 1, S. P. R. S., of Fargo. He is likewise a member of El Zagal Temple, A. A. 0. N. M. S., and in October, 1915, the honorary thirty-third degree was confered upon him in Fargo. His wife is a member of the Congregational church and socially they are prominent, having an extensive circle of friends not only in Traill county, but also elsewhere in the state. In his political views Mr. Paulson has ever been a republican, has served as chairman of the republican central committee of Traill county for several years and is a member of the state central committee. He filled the office of city alderman for several terms and was for three terms mayor of Hillsboro, giving to the city a businesslike, progressive and public spirited administration. Still higher political honors awaited him, however, for in 1914 he was chosen senator from his district and is now connected with the upper house of the legislative body of North Dakota, where he is serving on a number of important committees. He has been connected with considerable important legislation and his efforts are of value in furthering the best interests of the commonwealth.


ANDREW G. PETERSON

Some records have his surname as Pederson. He was born 14 August 1837.
From Norwegians in the Civil War; Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum: "US Navy. Civil War: Served two years 11 months, 19 days. Post war: In 1890, he was living in Norway township, Traill County, North Dakota. Sources: (1890 Veterans and Widows Census, North Dakota, No.123, roll 59)."
He is living in Norway Township during the 1890 Veterans Federal census.
His pension records date is not clear [might be 25 February 1899] but both the 1890 Veterans census and pension record indicates he was a seaman and under the service block it reads "Badger, Minneapolis, Franklin" (These are USS ships active in the Civil War).
Andrew died on 16 March 1900 and he is buried in Gran Cemetery in Mayville. Burial, Tombstone Picture.
There is a short biography of him and portrait pictures of he and his wife on Page 65 Mayville Diamond Jubilee book.


ATLEY A. PETERSON

North Dakota History and People - Outlines of American History
Volume II
The E. J. Clarke Publishing Company
1917 - Chicago

One of the leading business enterprises in Clifford is the general store owned by Peterson, Rygg & Company and the establishment and building up of this business has been due in large measure to Atley A. Peterson, the senior member of the firm. He is energetic and far- sighted in the management of his affairs and has been one of the most important factors in promoting the commercial growth of Clifford. He was born in Wisconsin September 19, 1873, and is a son of Peter N. and Inga (Senesson) Peterson, who were born in Norway but emigrated to America in 1854. They located upon a farm in Wisconsin and the father concentrated his attention upon agricultural pursuits until the Civil war, when he enlisted in the Union army, in which he served until the close of hostilities. He received a slight wound in the arm but was fortunate in escaping other injury. Both he and his wife still reside upon the homestead. To them were born fourteen children, of whom eleven are still living.
Atley A. Peterson was reared under the parental roof and at the usual age entered the public schools, to which he is indebted for his early education. After completing the course there offered he attended Valparaiso College in Indiana, thus still further preparing himself for the responsibilities of life. In 1894, when a young man of about twenty-two years, he came to Traill county, Xorth Dakota, and began clerking in a store at Clifford. He worked in the employ of others for twelve years and during two years of that time was a traveling salesman, thus securing valuable information in regard to business conditions and methods in various places. In 1906 he went into business for himself, becoming a member of Peterson, Rygg & Company, which has since conducted a general store. During the ten years that the concern has been in existence its business has grown rapidly and has now reached gratifying proportions. Practically all lines of goods are carried and as the owners of the store are painstaking in their endeavor to meet the peculiar needs of their community they are able to turn over their capital rapidly and this insures them of increased profits. They use up-to-date merchandising methods and their progressiveness and reliability have gained them the patronage of the representative people of the community. Mr. Peterson gives the most careful attention to the management of the store and much of the success of the busi- ness has been due to his sound judgment and enterprise. The firm also holds stock in the Farmers Elevator at Clifford.
On the 6th of September, 1897, Mr. Peterson was united in marriage to Miss Clara Oswald, who was born in Wisconsin and is a daughter of Christian and Elena Oswald, the former of whom is deceased, while the latter survives. Mr. and Mrs. Peterson have five children, namely: Viola, who was born June 26, 1899, and is now attending normal school at Mayville, North Dakota; Isadora, who was born September 29, 1901; Clifford, whose birth occurred on the 20th of July, 1904; Atley born April 11, 1909; and Carl, born October 10, 1915.
Mr. Peterson supports the democratic party at the polls and has taken quite an active part in public affairs. For eight years he served as treasurer of his township and proved capable and conscientious in the discharge of his duties. Fraternally he belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America. His religious faith is indicated by the fact that he is a member of the Lutheran church, to which his wife also belongs. He is enthusiastic over the opportunities offered by North Dakota and has great faith in its future. When he removed here he had no capital but he was not afraid of work and was quick to recognize and utilize chances for advancement and is now financially independent.


SAMUEL M. PLUMMER

Some records have his surname as Plummer.
Samuel was born about 1839. He died before 1909.
In the 1885 Dakota Territory census he is in Traill County. In the 1890 Veterans Federal Census Samuel is living in Reynolds.
Samuel enlisted as a Sergeant from Naples, Maine on 21 September 1861 into Company K, 9th Infantry Regiment Maine. He received a disability discharge from Company K on 28 January 1865. He started receiving his pension on 18 March 1865. He was listed in the Federal 1883 List of Pensioners as living in Buxton. He is receiving $4.00 as a result of a wound in his right ankle. His wife Elizabeth started receiving a widow's pension in North Dakota on 25 Jan 1909.
He is buried at Americus-Saint Olaf Cemetery in Reynolds.
Burial, Tombstone Picture.


JAMES C. PUTNAM

Very little is known about James except that he was in Mayville in the 1885 Dakota Territory census and in the 1890 Veterans Schedules census and then in 1900 widowed James was living with fellow civil war veteran Wilson Deets in Edendale, Steele County. His military unit is not clear enough to do research on. He entered the Civil War in 1862 and was mustered out in 1865. He was a Private. The Company could have been A or H, the state NY or NJ although probably New York as he was born there in about 1848. The regiment number is not legible. It is quite possible he and Deets went to Canada.