He also brought Chinese people to Petersburg to work in the cannery.Later, Native people from Kake joined the workforce. The ice from Le Conte Glacier kept the halibut cold all the way to Seattle. Norwegian settlers continued to make their home in Petersburg, which became an incorporated city in 1910, two years after the initial articles of incorporation were rejected because women had signed them.
Individuals and organizations are now able to obtain historical cannery images from our museum.
By 1910, the Icy Straits Cannery had been purchased by the Pacific Packing and Navigation Company in 1901 and the Pacific Coast and Norway Packing Company in 1906.
In 1918, after going through bankruptcy proceedings, the Norway Packing Company reorganized as the Petersburg Packing Company, with Oscar Nicholson as superintendent.
In 1899 the Icy Straight Packing Company was built on the northern shore of Mitkof Island with money from people who had invested in his other operations.
Peter Buschmann needed a workforce so he sent word to Norway and friends and relatives showed up to work.