Nathan Peterman (1895-1962)

Nathan Edward PETERMAN

Born March 8, 1895 in Tracy, San Joaquin county, California.

The 4th of 8 children born to John W. and D'Etta May (nee Watkins) Peterman.

1900 Census

Nathan's baby picture.


Photo Albums


Helen Marie SNOW

Born April 2, 1898 in Stockton, San Joaquin county, California.

The oldest of three daughters born to Charles Dewitt and Mary Elizabeth (nee WARD) Snow.

Helen, when young.



Nathan married Helen July 22, 1917 in Manteca, San Joaquin county, California.

Pictured here with older brother, John Walter Peterman and Margaret Elizabeth "Marguerite" (nee Gilman) Peterman at the wedding. John and Marguerite were married ealier (October 23, 1915).


Helen and Nathan had only one child: Mary Elisabeth Peterman, born September 4, 1930.


Misses Ruth and Helen Snow of Lathorp Stand at Block in Manteca Mkt.

MANTECA OFFICE STOCKTON RECORD, Sept. 20--Of all the various occupations that are now filled by the women of the country during the war times, it is doubtful if any other town int he country can boast of having women employed in a butcher shop, standing at the block with their knives cutting meat all day long. Manteca has this distinction and it has become such a common thing to the people here to be waited on by young women when making their meat purchases no one thinks it strange.

The young women thus employed are the Misses Ruth and Helen Snow of Lathrop, daughter of the late C. D. Snow, who during his long residence in this section operated markets at Lathrop, Manteca and Tracy. They are employed by Messrs. Spears and Toombs in the Liberty Market in Manteca. These young women live with their mother in Lathrop and go back and forth to their work every morning and evening. The proprietors of the market are so please with the young girls that it is doubtful if they would exchange them for the most expert meat cutters in the country and litle wonder, too, when one notices the interest they take in the work. Neatness with them is a cardinal virtue and it is a pleasing sight to see them in their spotless white aprons. During a speech made in Manteca on Labor Day by a prominent Stockton attorney (*) who had seen them on one of the floats in the parade, he pronounced them the most beautiful girls in town.


Ruth Snow, one of the butcher girls, is now Mrs. Ruth Brown who works at Brown-Mahin, Inc. Stockton. Helen Snow, the other butcher girl, is now Mrs. Nate Peterman of Corral Hollow Road, Tracy. The (*) Stockton attorney was the senior McNoble of NcNoble and McNoble.

The butcher shop that their father, C. D. Snow, operated in Tracy in the early days was located on Seventh Street just in back of what was for may years L. J. Westlake's Drug Store; now a liquor store.

I first came to Tracy July 4th., 1910, and don't remember a butcher shop there, although I do remember on on Sixth Street where they hung the beeves out in front. The C. D. Snow butcher shop must have ben on Seventh Street before this date. -- Earle E. Williams


Nate was conscripted and sent to Washington state. He operate a catapillar tractor in support of logging efforts for the US Army Air Corps.

He was stationed in Enumclaw, in south-central Washington State. He toured the Columbia River Gorge and other areas during his off-time.

53rd Spruce Squadron Booklet



On May 10th, the 1930 Census ennumerator found Nathan and Helen living (as in 1940) with the Peterman family. Helen would have been pregnant with Mary at the time.


On April 5th, 1940, the US Census ennumerator talked to Nathan and family. They lived on the farm(s) with about 22 Petermans, including D'Etta Mae, a widow 72, living with Henry (farm laborer) and Gertrude, his wife from NY. They had been here sice at least 1900, per the census.

They are all detailed on the same sheet since they were living in the same place/same houses on Linne Rd./ Koster Rd. near the junction of Hwy 33 and Hwy 5 (new). The ennumerator showed it as Tulare in San Joaquin county (now called Vernalis?) just southeast of Tracy, California.

Sam & Nathan were farming alongside the Berg and Frost families. Charles was a builder/carpenter. John W. was a Yard Forman.

Nathan was 45 then, Helen 42. Their only child, Mary E. was 9.


Nathan passed on July 14, 1962 in Tracy, California. He is burried in the Tracy Cemetery.

N. E. Peterman Tracy Pioneer Dies Saturday (Tracy Press)

Nathan E. Peterman, 67, pioneer Tracy area resident and almond grower died at his home on Corral Hollow Road Saturday.

Mr. Peterman succumbed from a heat attack. He had been in ill health for the past year.

A native of Tracy, Peterman was retired, and lived with his wife Helen M. Peterman at the family home, Route 1 Box 825 Corral Hollow Road.

Besides his wife, Mr. Peterman is survived by his daughter Mrs. Bob Hoyt of Manteca, brothers Sam, Charles and Bill Peterman all of Tracy; sisters: Mrs. Elsie Shreck of Sacramento and Mrs. Detta Peterman of Stockton, a nephew William M. Brown of San Leandro and four grand-children.

Mr. Peterman was a member of the James McDermott Post American Legion, the San Joaquin River Club and the Tracy Wildlife Association.

Friends are invited to attend services on Tuesday July 17, 1962 at 9 a.m. a the Hotchkiss Mortuary, thence to Saint Bernard's Catholic church where a mass will be said for the repose of his soul at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at the Tracy Cemtery.

Recitation of the Rosary will be Monday evening, July 16, at 8 p.m. in the Hotchkiss Mortuary Chapel.

Helen Passes

Helen passed on February 18, 1984 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania where she spent her last few years with daughter Mary and Bob Hoyt.

Pallbearers: David Davidian, Bernard Etcheverry, Donald Percival, Jerold Percival, Jack Percival, Randy Smart.

She is burried at the Tracy Public Cemetery.

Helen M. Peterman services here today (Tracy Press)

Services will be here this morning for Helen Marie Peterman, 85, who died Saturday in the Pittburgh, Pa., suburb of Allison Park after and extended illness.

Mrs. Peterman was born in Stockton in 1898 and raised in Lathorp. Her father, Charles D. Snow, owned a butcher bissiness in Lathop and Tracy, and she helped deliver meat all over San Joaquin County, traveling by horse and buggy.

She came to live in Tracy in 1917 as the bride of Nathan E. Peterman. They were involved in farming for 46 years in the Tracy area. In later years, they owned an almond orchard on South Corral Hollow Road.

Since 1980, she had lived with her daughter and son-in-law in Allison Park.

Mrs. Peterman was an active member for many years in the American Legion Auxiliary, World War I Veterans Auxiliary, Farm Bureau Women, Tracy Community Garden Club, St. Bernard's Altar Society and Tracy Commuity Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She served as a Pink Lady for 15 years.

She also was a member of St. Bernards Catholic Church and was an active volunteer in the church's CCD program.

Mrs. Peteman, who was preceded in death by her husband, is survived by her daughter, Mary E. Hoyt of Allison Paark, and four grandchildren, Edward and Karen Hoyt, Kristie Davidian and Kathleen Smart, all of San Luis Obispo County. She also leaves five great-grandchildren.

Today's services begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Hotchkiss Mortuary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard's Church, and interment will be in Tracy Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in her name to the American Heart Association or to St. Bernard's School.