Soren and Christina Petersen were among the first settlers in Preston. They were the parents of the first child born in Preston. Their son, whom they named Preston, was born 17 September 1899. Soren Petersen was born 23 August 1874 in Sterup, Hjorring County, Denmark. He was the son of Peter K. Frederikson and Tomarline Pedersen. He was baptized 18 January 1895. Christina (Johanna K.) was born 15 August 1873 in Bronderstev, Hjorring County, Denmark, to Hans Kristensen and Johanne T. Hansen. She was baptized 29 May 1893.
When Preston was organized into a branch on 30 April 1899, Soren was sustained as the chorister of the Sunday School, with Hyrum S. Arnoldson as the Superintendent. On 12 October 1901, Apostle Anthon H. Lund and Stake President Edward H. Snow came to Preston and organized the Branch into a Ward with Hyrum S. Arnoldson, Bishop, Z. R. Bradley, First Counselor; Niels P. Jensen, Second Counselor; and Soren Petersen, Ward Clerk.
The Soren Petersens moved to Manti, Utah. Other histories refer to Soren's Danish accent. This accent was very prominent in all older natives of Denmark who came to the little town.
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Ida Jensen Gubler