Jean Peterson was born on a farm on the edge of Moritz, S.D. in 1921 to Benjamin and Jessie Hunt. She had one sister.
Jean attended high school in Canby, Minn. That is also where she met John Walter Peterson while they were roller skating. They were married in 1948 and lived on Walter's farm. Jean also graduated from Bemidji State College in 1948. They have two children.
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