Children of Lars Petterson & Regina Ericson – Massachusetts Births, 1841-1951

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Lars Petterson  & Family – 1903
From left to right (front row): Ruth, Regina, Wallace, Lars 
(back row): Hulda, Harry, Elmer, Oscar

Photo from the collection of Pete Petterson. Year was given in the caption to the photograph on page 32 of  Swedes of Greater Worcester Revisited by Eric J. Salomonsson, William O. Hultgren, and Philip C. Becker. Arcadia Publishing: 2005.
My great-grandparents, Lars Petterson & Regina Ericson, had six children. They were born in Worcester, Massachusetts between 1884 and 1899.  Their youngest child, born on the 10th of December 1899, was my grandfather.

The database Massachusetts Births, 1841 -1951, consists of digital images of birth registries  required to be compiled by towns each year (since 1840) and then submitted to the state of Massachusetts. The originals are housed at the Massachusetts State Archives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Lar’s and Regina’s children are all listed; all records contain at least one misspelling:

  • Peterson for Petterson
  • Erickson / Erikson for Ericson
  • Brur for Bror
  • Ruth A. for Ruth E. (Amelia for Emelia)

Other misspellings were introduced when the database was indexed: Worchester and “Lars N.”

It appears that  Oscar (born in 1890) and Wallace (born in 1899) weren’t named until some time after their birth.

Search Results

Pages from the birth registries are shown below.  You can see larger copies by clicking on the title below each image.

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Births Registered in the City of Worcester for the Year 1888

“Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FX6X-6GG : 1 March 2016), Harry E. Petterson, 07 Oct 1888, Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts; citing reference ID #488, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,428,242.

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Birth Registered in the City of Worcester for the Year 1884

“Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FXDN-2H6 : 1 March 2016), Hulda E. Peterson, 26 Sep 1884, Worchester, Massachusetts; citing reference ID #Item 1, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,428,207.

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Births Registered in the City of Worcester for the Year 1880

“Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FX69-1YX : 1 March 2016), Brur E. Peterson, 23 Aug 1886, Worcester, Massachusetts; citing reference ID #, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,428,239.

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Births Registered in the City of Worcester for the Year 1894

“Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FXWP-JFS : 1 March 2016), Ruth A. Peterson, 27 Mar 1894, Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts; citing reference ID #p 599 no 656, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,651,226.

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Births Registered in the City of Worcester for the Year 1899

“Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FXF3-XRL : 1 March 2016), Peterson, 10 Dec 1899, Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts; citing reference ID #p 510, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,843,712.

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Births Registered in the City of Worcester for the Year 1890

“Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FXN7-YLJ : 1 March 2016), Peterson, 25 Dec 1890, Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts; citing reference ID #p 525, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,428,245.

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Carole Petterson’s 2nd Birthday – 26 August 1936

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Carole & Laina
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Laina & Carole & Irja
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Laina & Barney & Carole & Dagmar

The reason that I know these photographs were taken on my mom’s 2nd birthday is this text was written on the back side of the bottom photo.

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? on Barney ja Carole ja Dagmar ja Laina ? August 26, 1936 Carole’s 2 Syntymäpäivä

 

Not only is August 26, 1936 the date of my mother’s 2nd birthday, the Finnish word for birthday is Syntymäpäivä.  I wasn’t able to figure out what the first word was and have no idea what is written after Laina.

Since this is written in Finnish, I’m pretty sure that my great-grandmother (my mother’s mother’s mother) wrote this information. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the tape off the back of the photo so some of the writing is hidden.

Dagmar is my mother’s mother. Irja isn’t identified but she’s my grandmother’s sister and the photo looks like her.

Since I can’t add Barney and Laina to my official family tree, they are mysteries:

  • Barney could be Dagmar’s ( & Irja’s) cousin whose last name was something like Hekkala and who moved to Minnesota sometime before WW2 and then to California.
  • I have absolutely no idea who Laina was.

 

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Wallace Petterson – A Mason for Over 50 Years, 1924 – 1974

Because it looks as though Wallace  is wearing a masonic lapel pin, I’m including a copy of his membership card with this photo. I have no idea when this photo was taken. I was given a very small (1.5″ x 1.75″) print  after my grandfather died.

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In 1924, Wallace Petterson became a member of the Athelstan lodge, one of the 9 lodges in existence in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He was 24 years old and listed his occupation as “Insurance”.  He received his “50 year Masonic Veterans Medal” in 1974. And with nothing else to go on…. I’m estimating that this photo was taken then.

 

Sources:

Photo scanned from my collection.

 Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Mason Membership Cards, 1733-1990 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
Original Data: Massachusetts Grand Lodge of Masons Membership Cards 1733–1990. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

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Lars Petterson & Sons – est. Jan 1908

Elmer (21), Harry (19), Wallace (8), Oscar (17) and Lars Petterson (50).

I don’t have a date for this photo, so for now, I’m assuming my grandfather was 8 years old and the picture was taken in the spring.

It’s interesting how little the brothers resemble each other. But what really stands out is though at first glance, this looks as very formal photograph of my great-grandfather and his four sons, their clothing indicates that the photo was taken at the last minute.

It appears that Elmer might have recently gained weight. Not only does his ring looks painfully tight, his pants are hitched up quite a bit.

Harry looks as if he dressed in a hurry. His tie is crooked and doesn’t seem to be the right choice for that shirt. I don’t know much about men’s formal fashion of any era, but I think that shirts with that type of color require a bow tie.

Wallace appears to be playing dress up. That jacket is far too big for him.

Photo scanned from the collection of Pete Petterson.