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Hans Petersen, inventor of the Linograph

Linograph Model 12
Linograph Model 12

Similar in design and operation to the Linotype, the Linograph is credited with being invented by Hans Pedersen who was born in Denmark in 1872, but emigrated to America at the age of 10 years with his parents. They settled in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and immediately Hans Peterson (he changed the spelling of his name later) got a job at the local Norwegian newspaper, learning to set type by hand, eventually leaving school at age 12 to become a compositor. Read more

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Henry McCormick Family, 1870
Henry McCormick Family, 1870
studio portrait

standing: Alexander George McCormick
seated l. to r.: Henry McCormick, Letitia Ann McCormick, Eliza Jane (Best) McCormick 
Eliza Jane Best
Eliza Jane Best
undated studio portrait 
Henry McCormick
Henry McCormick
undated studio portrait 
Washington Prairie Methodist Church 75th Anniversary
Washington Prairie Methodist Church 75th Anniversary
Asle Knudsen is standing in the center of the photo. 
Hans Petersen family, ca. 1913
Hans Petersen family, ca. 1913
Monotype print on card stock

clockwise from left; Hans Petersen, Albert Cornelius Petersen, Stella (Knudsen) Petersen, Dorothy Ann Petersen 


Helgeson, Ole
   b. 29 Jan 1829, Skjerpingmoen, Ål, Hallingdal, Norway
Melville, Adam H.
   b. 29 Nov 1859, Collingwood Township, Grey County, Ontario
Knudsen, Asle
   b. 19 Jan 1844, Hol, Hallingdal, Norway
McCormick, Andrew
   b. 1813, Monaghan, County Monaghan, Ireland
Best, Eliza Jane
   b. 11 Aug 1818, Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland
McCormick, Henry
   b. 1818, Monaghan, County Monaghan, Ireland
Froshaug, Clara Maria (Malmstedt)
   b. 15 Jan 1877, Gåsemåla under Odensvi, Högsby, Kalmar, Sweden
Espelien, Dorothea
   b. 22 Dec 1864, Espelien, Nord-Aurdal, Oppland, Norway
Olson, Adam
   b. 19 Jan 1862, Sørdal, Syvde, Sunnmøre, Norway
Carretero, Isabel
   b. 1857, Liverpool, Lancashire, England

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