Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 671-672 transcribed by students from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on December 1, 2000.


Peter S. Mindedahl

PETER S. MINDEDAHL. - As a general thing it is only the ambitious, enterprising foreigners who come to America from other countries. Men who are content to jog along in the same old way as their parents did before them remain in the old country. Peter S. Mindedahl of Bethel, Kansas, is ambitious. He was desirous of owning a farm of his own and he has succeeded, through his own unaided efforts.

Peter S. Mindedahl was born in Denmark, April 10, 1882, and is the son of Peter and his wife who was formerly Ella Ferdinand. Both parents were born in Sweden and went to Denmark soon after they were married. Mrs. Peter Mindedahl, senior, died twenty-two years ago when her son Peter was only a child seven years of age. Her husband is living in Denmark still and is farming there. Peter S. Mindedahl went to school in his native village and then worked on his father's farm until he was twenty-two years old. He made up his mind that he could do better if he came to America, so he crossed the ocean and a good part of the continent and located at Kansas City, Kansas, in 1904. For a time he worked in a dairy, milking cows. Then he was seized with the desire to go still further west and went to Portland, Oregon. Here he worked for the railroad and saved money enough to buy a farm, and came back to the fine agricultural state of Kansas and bought his farm near Kansas City. For four years he worked on this farm and prospered so well that he was able to buy the farm on which he now lives, in Prairie township. Besides general farming he raises stock. He breeds nothing but fine stock. He has a beautiful Hamiltonian horse and has Holstein cows. Mr. Mindedahl is unmarried at present, but he is not all alone, as his brother John and sister Jennie are both in this country. He has one sister Mary still in Denmark and she is very proud of the success which her brother has achieved.



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