Peetri, Harju County

Peetri is a small borough in Rae Parish, Harju County, in northern Estonia. It is bordered by the city of Tallinn. According to official population registration Peetri had 5,530 inhabitants on 1 January 2020. According to last public census, population of Peetri was 4.435 inhabitants on December 31, 2011. According to the census data, share of ethnic Estonians was 82.8%. There are more than 500 dwelling buildings in Peetri, which includes several tens of apartment blocks. A kindergarten - primary school with sports hall and public library was completed in autumn 2009. Most of the small borough is west of the E263 Tallinn–Tartu–Võru–Luhamaa highway, but the settlement includes a part east of the highway named Mõigu; the total territory of the borough is 4.60 km², the population density exceeds 1115/km². The earliest documents mentioning Peetri date to 1631, in connection with a real estate transaction of Mõigu manor; the oldest preserved building in Peetri is a former windmill, which now operates as Peetri Windmill Restaurant.

Image of 1860 map showing Peetri and surroundings

Jonathan D. Stevenson

Jonathan Drake Stevenson was born in New York. Stevenson became the protégé of New York Governor Daniel D. Tompkins and served as his private secretary, accompanied him to Washington in that capacity when Tompkins was elected Vice President in 1816, his friendship with prominent politicians and his helping to expose the Glentworth election frauds of 1839 gained him a certain stature in the Democratic Party. He supported James K. Polk for the Presidency in 1844, was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1846. In 1846, President Polk offered Stevenson the command of a regiment of volunteers to be raised as part of the American occupation army during the Mexican–American War in California. Colonel Stevenson raised a volunteer regiment of ten companies of 77 men each or 770 men to go to California with the understanding that they would be muster out and stay in California. On 1 August 1846, the regiment was mustered into Federal service as the "Seventh" New York Volunteers. Stevenson with his Regiment of New York Volunteers sailed around Cape Horn for California on September 26, 1846, arrived at San Francisco March 7, 1847.

After his arrival in San Francisco, Stevenson joined General Stephen W. Kearny at Monterey and was made commander of the post. In May, 1847, he became the military commander of the southern district of California with headquarters in Los Angeles. In 1848, an order was received by Colonel R. B. Mason, directing that Colonel Stevenson's regiment should be designated thereafter the "1st Regiment of New York Volunteers" instead of the "Seventh"; when his Regiment was mustered out of service in 1848, Stevenson went to the mining community of Mokelumne Hill. He was appointed alcalde of the settlement, drew up a code of mining laws and regulations, he returned to San Francisco to enter the real estate business with Dr. William C. Parker, assistant surgeon in the Regiment of New York Volunteers, he bought the southern half of Rancho Los Medanos in 1849 and laid out a site for a town they called "New York of the Pacific", changed to Pittsburg in 1911. He was active in Freemasonry. In 1850 he participated in organizing the Grand Lodge of California, served as its first Grand Master.

He was appointed Shipping Commissioner for the Port of San Francisco in 1872. He died in San Francisco on February 14, 1894. A street in San Francisco, Stevenson Street, is named for him. Works by or about Jonathan D. Stevenson at Internet Archive