Quist was born in Sweden in 1854 and came to the United States when he was 10 years old. As an adult, he took great pains to tell the story of his parents and other members of his extended family. He then reproduced these memoirs. He worked as the State Weighmaster, and he was a member of the Grain Dealers National Association, the Terminal Grain Weighmasters National Association, and the Weighmaster and Scales organizations. As a member, he gave numerous addresses to these various national business organizations. He died in Minneapolis in 1939.
The Peter P. Quist collection consists of two boxes. Box one includes the manuscript drafts and the final printed version of his memoirs. It also includes materials pertaining to the Augustana Synod Laymen's Pension Committees, the Minnesota Railway and Warehouse Commission (written in Swedish), and the Scandinavian Relief Association of Red Wing. Box two includes profession materials from his position as the State Weighmaster for grain.
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