Ethelyn Peterson

2 December 1914–4 July 2012 (Age 97)
Moroni, Sanpete, Utah, United States

The Life of Ethelyn

When Ethelyn Peterson was born on 2 December 1914, in Moroni, Sanpete, Utah, United States, her father, Peter Canute Peterson, was 38 and her mother, Ethel Margaret Rawlings, was 25. She married Orson Kenneth Taylor on 26 June 1940, in Salt Lake, Utah, United States. She lived in Ephraim, Sanpete, Utah, United States for about 10 years and Provo, Utah, Utah, United States in 1997. She died on 4 July 2012, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 97, and was buried in Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Orson Kenneth Taylor
Ethelyn Peterson
Marriage: 26 June 1940

Spouse and Children

26 June 1940
Salt Lake, Utah, United States

Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 2

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1916 · No-Ni-Shee Arch

Age 2

The No-Ni-Shee Arch was a temporary archway near the intersection of Main Street and South Temple in downtown Salt Lake City. The archway was built in 1916 for the Wizard of the Wasatch festival. The name No-Ni-Shee was derived from a mythical American Indian Salt Princess. Her tears caused the Great Salt Lake to be salty. The arch was dedicated to her and sprayed with salt water so that salt eventually crystallized on Main Street. The Wizard’s carnivals enlivened Utah’s summers for several years. The last Wizard of the Wasatch carnival was held in 1916, on the eve of World War I.

Age 27

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, and German: patronymic from Peter .2 Americanized form of similar surnames of non-English origin (such as Petersen , or Swedish Pettersson).3 In VT, there are Petersons who were originally called by the French name Beausoleil ; in some documentation this was translated fairly literally as Prettysun, which was then assimilated to Peterson.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story Highlight

Ethelyn Peterson Taylor (2 December 1914 – 4 July 2012)

Ethelyn Peterson Taylor died July 4, 2012. She was born December 2, 1914, in Moroni, Utah, to Peter Canute and Ethel Margaret Rawlings Peterson. She was the third of six children. Ethelyn was raised …

Sources (3)

  • Ethelyn Peterson in household of Peter C Peterson Jr., "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ethelyn Peterson in household of Peter C Peterson, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ethelyn P Taylor in entry for Margaret Peterson Ottosen, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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