Last night I was reading through various social media posts about genealogy research techniques, collections, etc. and came across an article about Genealogy Gophers and decided I’d try some basic searches using the surnames and home towns of my grandparents.1
I didn’t find anything for the first 3 surnames I tried,2 but this appeared on the first screen for my 4th try.
Clicking on it brought me directly to page 301 and this biography. I’ve added, a hopefully accurate, transcription below.
PETTERSON, Harry Eugene, Doctor of Dental Surgery.
To the broadening interests of dentistry in their present-day study and application, Dr. Harry Eugene Petterson contributed very ably and effectively in behalf of the profession for which he proved himself well fitted by inclination and training. A veteran of the World War, he rendered an efficient service with his contingent overseas, and he received the honors due the soldier who shared therein the lot of those who fought for country, and gave professional aid to the comrades in the ranks. He was a son of Lars Magnus Petterson, a building contractor, who was born in 1857 and died in 1920, and Regina (Erickson) Petterson. Lars Magnus Petterson, a native of Dejefors Bruk, Wermland, Sweden, came to the United States in 1880, settling in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he became one of the leading builders, starting in as a carpenter and establishing his contracting business in 1883.
Dr. Harry Eugene Petterson was born October 7, 1888, at Worcester, Massachusetts, and he was graduated at the English High School in that city in 1908. Preparing for his profession in the Dental School of the University of Pennsylvania, he was graduated there in 1911 with the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery, establishing himself in practice in Worcester, in August of that year. In the year 1924 he opened his offices in Cleveland Ohio, where he had become popular in practice, and was held in highest esteem by his many patrons and friends, and where he was associated in dentistry with the work of the United States Public Health Services and the Veterans’ Bureau.
Fraternally, Dr. Petterson was affiliated with the Thule Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows’ Athelstan Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; Eureka Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Hiram Council, Royal and Select Masters; Worcester Commandery, No. 5, Knights Templar; Aleppo Temple, Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; Alethea Grotto; and Knights of the Rose Croix Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. He was also a member of the Truman Dental Society and of Xi Psi Phi Fraternity. His favorite recreation was hunting and fishing. When the United States entered the World War, Dr. Petterson enlisted and was in the service of the Untied States Government from September, 1917 to July 8, 1919. He served in France with the 303d at Hospital No. 87 at Annecy area; and at Detention Camp Hospital No. 45. He was made a first lieutenant in the Dental Corps and a major in the Reserve Corps.
Dr. Harry Eugene Petterson married, September 6, 1921 at Cleveland, Ohio, Ethel Helena Nygren, daughter of John Eric Nygren, a steam mill roller.
Dr. Petterson died August 15, 1925, in Cleveland, one of the most popular and skilled men in his profession, who made lifelong friendships for his geniality and his pronounced ability.
- I know this is NOT how genealogy research should be done. It’s a waste of time, because without keeping track of what searches I did, I’ll have to do them again. I didn’t even keep track of where I read about Genealogy Gophers. The only excuse I have is that it was just too exciting to find out it existed. Family History Books, part of FamilySearch, is a collection of more than 350,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy way to find books that include information about a specific person or an easy way to find that part of the book. That’s what’s so great about Genealogy Gophers. Its search engine not only find the publications, but it also finds and displays the information that matches your search.
- I was doing this on my phone late at night and could have easily missed someone.