Arcadia the Book

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Arcadia: Peterson Family History and the Secrets of a Swedish Nobleman

Author: Jake Peterson

300 pages including genealogical charts, maps and photographs
Fully researched with endnotes, bibliographical references and index
ISBN 978-0-6455067-0-9   hardcover

Product details

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Jake Peterson
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 300 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0645506709
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 25.4 x 2.3 x 25.4 cm
Design :  Pictures and Stories, Inc.
Printing and binding : Paragon Press, Salt Lake City 


Peterson Family Tree

PART 1: THE PÅHLMANS (1740 – 1815)
1. Anders Otto Påhlman (1740 – 1815)

PART 2: THE CEDERSTRØMS (1800 – 1929)
2. Peter Cederstrøm (1800 – 1874)
3. Frederik Wilhelm Cederstrøm (1840 – 1929)

PART 3: THE PETERSONS (1862 – 2008)
4. Jacob Peterson (1862 – 1945)
5. Fred W Peterson (1890 – 1947)
6. Ted J Peterson (1933 – 2008)


About the Author
Appendix 1: DNA Test Results & Our Family History
Appendix 2: Påhlman Family Research Report
Appendix 3: Peterson Family Research Report
Appendix 4: Anders Otto Påhlman Descendency List


It’s 1909. Jacob Peterson decided to give up his job as an iron molder in Chicago and move West to Arcadia Valley near Jerome, Idaho. Despite the promise of potential, the farms were sandy, challenging and distant; but there was community, and the early settler Petersons lived and thrived in Jerome for generations. Moving westwards in search of greener opportunities was not new in the family. His father, Frederik Wilhelm, left Stavanger, Norway and “ran away to America” to an unfamiliar world. But his origins and life before immigration were all but forgotten. Until now. 

ARCADIA: Peterson Family History and the Secrets of a Swedish Nobleman is a compilation of stories, memorabilia and historic family photographs, including never-before-published material. It explores the evolution of this family, chronicling a nobleman in 18th-century Sweden by the name of Påhlman, his son the hat-maker Peter Cederstrøm in 19th-century Norway, and their descendants that would become known as the Petersons across Illinois, Nebraska, and Idaho. It tells the story of a fearless family line, who created opportunities and made every effort to grow, building on the achievements of their predecessors and making better lives for those to come. It also tells the yet untold story of this humble family’s noble beginnings and the secrets of a Swedish nobleman that would alter their destiny forever.