Peter Erickson Obituary
Final Rites Held On Wednesday For Peter Erickson Who Died Here Monday
From Western News, 12/14/39, Page 1, Compiled by Weston Erickson
A last tribute to the memory of Peter Erickson was paid by many friends at funeral services held yesterday at two o’ clock in the Wright Funeral Chapel over which Rev. R. H. Swindt of the American Lutheran Church officiated. Following the services the body was taken to Corvallis cemetery for burial.
Pallbearers were Charles Swanson, Adolph Swanson, Ivan Gustafson, Louis Nelson, Hugh Simpson, and Vernon Jenkins.
Peter Erickson, respected farmer of the Mountain View District, passed away at 1:35 p.m. Monday after an illness that gradually grew worse over a period of four years following a fall sustained by the deceased. After his fall he became a semi-invalid but was able to get about with a cane and later with the aid of crutches, driving his own car for a long time until the spring of this year when he was stricken by a form of paralysis which rendered his walking impossible. Never-the-less he maintained a brave attitude through his ordeal and fought fearlessly until the last. Last Thursday he collapsed and was brought to the Daly Hospital at Hamilton where he died.
The deceased was born at Stockholm Sweden April 2, 1871 and came to the United States in 1887. On Nov. 28 1890 he was married at Dubuque, Iowa to Elizabeth Bracher. To this union there born two children: Paul of Darby and Ralph, who operates the home farm on Mountain View. These two sons, the widow and three grandchildren: Paula Jean, Richard and Emil Leland survive the deceased, as do many friends who recognized the sterling worth of the departed.
For many years Mr. Erickson operated as a carpenter and contractor in and near Chicago. In 1910 he brought his family to the Bitterroot valley to make their home. Since that time the deceased operated a farm in the Mountain View District northeast of Corvallis until he retired from active work in 1937.