- Peter was born in Ostra Espings parish, Sweden. Peter, also called Pete or Per, came to America in 1881. He settled in Mead NE and worked on farms there until 1886 when he purchased his own place. Leonard Palm stayed with Elsa and Peter as a boy when they lived in Ceresco NE. Leonard says that while Peter worked for the farmer in Mead, they did not pay him but kept track of the money they owed him. The amount grew until they gave him the farm in Ceresco, which they owned in stead of money. His farm was in the Rock Creek Precinct, section 4, 155.20 acres. It was 5 miles west and 5 miles north of Ceresco NE. Fred Martinson, interviewed a relative and made notes that Peter P. Eklund had a brother in South Dakota. The notes alslso say there were twin girls, Anna and Hannah. It is not clear however if they were sisters of Peter Eklund or daughters of the South Dakota brother?? He died of heart problems. Leonard Palm said Peter was bedridden for quite some time before h he died. His fathers name was Per Pearson, born in Sweden (from death cert.). One family story says he had a twin brother that came to America at the same time and stayed on the East Coast never to be heard from again. George A. Ecklund was thhe informant on the death certificate. Peter's children attended Cox Public School District 99, Twp. 14, Saunders Co. NE. Peter was on the school board. His obituary says he had 5 sisters in Sweden at the time of his death. He and Elsa retired to Ceresco NE where they lived at 225 Spruce Street. The home is still there (July 2004).
Obituary of Peter P Eklund
Mr Peter Eklund was born in Ostra Espings parish, Skane, Sweden, October 16,1861. He immigrated to America in 1881 and came at that time to Mead, Nebr. He worked on farms around Mead until 1886 when he bought 160 acres of land five miles wed five miles north of Ceresco, Nebraska.
He married Miss Elsa Nelson October 9, 1887. This union was blessed with six children, Mrs. Edith Palm, Mrs. Elder Almquist, Mrs. Victor Pearson and George Eklund. One child died in infancy and one daughter, Esther passed away July 17, 1929
Mr. Eklund rented out his farm in 1924 and bought a house in Ceresco Nebraska where he lived the remaining days of his life. During the last five weeks his health has been failing. A week ago last Sunday he was taken to the Wahoo Hospital.ys revealed that the heart was much enlarged and this condition seems to have brought about the rateh sudden end. Mr. Eklund passed away, Monday morning, May 4, at an age of 70 years 6 months and 15 days.
He leaves to mourn his departure the widow, Mrs. Peter Eklund, 4 children, 16 grandchildren and also five sisters in Sweden. He has been a member of the Swedeburg Lutheran church since 1907 and served several years as trustee.
We remember our departed friend to those in need. He loved the word of God. He closed every day with scripture reading and prayer. The last time we saw him in life he gave a beautiful testimony of faith in the Lord, and that testimony he go his family to the very last
Funeral services were conducted from the Swedeburg Lutheran church Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Arthur Peterson in charge, assisted by Rev. Larson from Wahoo. Pallbearers were, John Soder, P.W. Olson, August Swanson, G.S. Wallin, Nels Pad Nels Tuveson. Interment was made in the church cemetery..