Nebraska Authors

Harriet Petersen Fort

Born 1910-01-21 Axtell, NE (USA)

Died 2012-07-26
DeWitt, NE (USA)

DeWitt, NE (USA)
Oak Grove Cemetery

Daughter of VISE-GRIP locking wrench inventor William Petersen, the author says "I wrote The Pioneer Story of Bill and Ane Petersen primarily for my children". She later found others were interested in the history.

Places Lived

Axtell, NE
DeWitt, NE

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction


Family History; VISE-GRIP; Autobiography


Peru State Teachers College, Peru, NE
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


Rural School Teacher
Director, Petersen Canada Manufacturing Company, Toronto, CANADA
Director, Petersen International Manufacturing Company, Chicago, IL
Corporate Secretary and Treasurer, Petersen Manufacturing Company

Places Worked

DeWitt, NE rural schools
Petersen Manufacturing Company, DeWitt, NE
Petersen Canada Manufacturing Company, Toronto, CANADA
Petersen International Manufacturing Company, Chicago, IL


She was inducted into the University of Nebraska College of Business Administration Hall of Fame in 2000


The Pioneer Story of Bill and Ane Petersen. 1996.

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