Sunday auction closes the door on Ontario history collection

A lifetime of collecting by Ontario resident Bob Peterson will be auctioned Sunday. Peterson began his collection as a modest hobby that eventually grew to include hundreds of items that filled five buildings. (The Enterprise/John L. Braese).

ONTARIO – Treasures from a lifetime of collecting will find new homes through an auction Sunday.

The collection, which began with the hiding of a simple map during World War II, became known to many as the Knickerbockers West Museum, outside of Ontario. It grew to include pieces housed in five buildings.

For the family of Bob Peterson, an auction seemed the best choice.

“This was an auction Bob would have been at,” said Peterson’s widow, Imogene.

The two were married more than 47 years when Peterson died on April 4, 2015.

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