Waldemar Peterson (1822-1904) and Hanna Nilsdotter
(1824-1899) left Hörja parish in Sweden in 1865 for America.
After a couple of years in Swedebend, Iowa they came west to
Crawford County to be among the first settlers in the Otter Creek
community in 1867. They had attended Baptist meetings in Sweden
so they were with the charter group to start the Otter Creek
Baptist church in 1868. In 1872 they left the Baptists to help
their neighbor, Rev. Hamren, start the Seventh Day Adventist
group. After Rev. Hamren's drowning, they returned to the Baptist
church for a couple of years. In 1880 they left the Baptists
again this time to help start the Church of God.