|BERTRAND C. PETERSON.|
Bertrand C. Peterson, owner and publisher of the Powell
Leader, one of the virile newspapers of western Wyoming, has from his
twenty-third year been identified with newspaper publication. He was
born in Audubon county, Iowa, August 9, 1874, a son of Jens M. and
Marie (Nelson) Peterson, who were natives of Denmark. In young
manhood and womanhood they emigrated to the United States and were
married in Atlantic, Iowa. They then settled on a farm in Audubon
county and for a long period the father was identified with general
agricultural pursuits in that state but is now living retired at
Stuart. His wife passed away in 1897.
Bertrand C. Peterson pursued his education in the public schools of Iowa. supplemented by one year’s study in Union College at Lincoln, Nebraska. In his boyhood and youth he was engaged in farm work, being thus employed until his twenty-second year. In 1898 he went to Battle Creek, Michigan, where for one year he served as a cook at the Battle Creek Sanitarium. He then turned his attention to the printing trade while at the sanitarium and later became connected with the Review and Herald Publishing Company of Battle Creek. thus continuing from 1899 until 1902. In the latter year he made his way westward to Omaha, Nebraska, and was employed in various printing establishments. For three years he was with the Omaha Printing Company. In the fall of 1909 he came to Wyoming and filed on a homestead near Garland, under the Garland canal of the Shoshone project. In July, 1910, he began the publication of the Irrigation Era and subsequently published the Garland Courier. In 1914 he removed his plant to Powell and converted the publication into the Powell Leader. one of the most virile sheets published in Park county. This paper is republican in its political complexion, and it has a wide circulation which makes it an excellent advertising medium, and in that direction it has an assured patronage.
In Fremont, Indiana, Mr. Peterson was united in marriage to Miss Anna May Hilbish, a native of Union county, Pennsylvania, and a daughter of A. and Mary Ann (Knauer) Hilbish, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. The father was a veteran of the Civil war and a farmer by occupation. To Mr. and Mrs. Peterson have been born three children, two of whom are living, Bernice Ina and Muriel Lavaun. The eldest child, a son, Floyd Newton, died at the age of eight months. The parents are members of the Seventh-Day Adventist church.
Mr. Peterson belongs to the Powell Chamber of Commerce and cooperates heartily in all of its plans and purposes for the upbuilding of the town and the advancement of the interests of the surrounding country. His political endorsement is given to the republican party, and while not an office seeker, he manifests a public spirited devotion to the general good that is most commendable and has made the columns of his paper a substantial force in the work of general progress and improvement.