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Peter Market/Peder Johnsen Merket
Soknedalen, Norway

Peter Market, [Peder Johnsen Merket] an early settler in the town of Peru and for many years one of its active farm workers and respected citizens, was born in Soknedalen, Norway.  he came to the United States in 1866 [other sources indicate 1868]  locating in old Meridean, Dunn County, Wis., and in the following year there came Ellen H. Johnson, a native of the same place, to whom Mr. Market was married in 1869.

They settled on a rented farm in the town of Peru, on which they resided until 1872, Mr. Market in the meanwhile working for the Meridean lumber company. He then bought 52 acres on the Chippewa bottoms in Section 5, town of Spring Brook, and began the development of a farm, making gradual progress from year to year.  In 1894 he doubled the size of his farm by the purchase of 52 acres more in the same section, and still later he bought 80 acres on Mud Creek Prairie, making a total of 184 acres contained in his place.  Of this he cleared and brought under cultivation some 40 acres, creating a good farm, on which he died Sept. 2, 1910, at the age of 64 years, lacking two days, he having been born on Sept. 4, 1846.  His wife, born March 12, 1847, is still residing on the home farm with her son Odin.  

Mr. and Mrs. Market were earnest workers in the Spring Brook Norwegian Lutheran Church in old Meridean. They were the parents of nine children, namely: John, of Seattle, Wash.; Julia who is Mrs. Peter Amdahl of the town of Spring Brook; Kari, now Mrs. John Froseth; Odin, who is operating the home farm; Mary, who became the wife of John Brendsel but is now deceased; Hattie, wife of Hans Blessem of Berthole, ND; Gust, of Chippewa Falls, Gina, of Eau Claire; and Hilda, who is Mrs. Paul Swetlick of Eau Claire.  

The history of the Froseth and Market families has the genuine pioneer flavor, illustrating the qualities that have had most to do with making Dunn County what it is today.

Extracted from the History of Dunn County, Wisconsin (1925), p. 809.


Note: The parents of Peder Johnsen Merket were: Joen Olsen Merkeseggen (b. 1819, d. 1901) and Berit Pedersdotter Aas (Sørbygda) (b. 1819, d. 1890) who were husmannsfolk on Merkesegga/Merket farm in Soknedal, Norway.

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