Biography of Wilna O. Nelson
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WILNA O. NELSON was born in Grant County, Ind., October 26, 1856, andis the only son of Milton Nelson, a native of Ohio, and Amanda (Thrasher) Nelson, a native of Indiana, and both of English descent. Milton Nelson was a farmer in early life, and later was in business at Independence, Grant Co., Ind., which he followed until his death, February, 1870; his wife, Amanda, when but thirteen years of age, taught her first term of school, and after teaching her second term, she retired from this calling. She was a graduate of Fairview College, and is now a resident of Independence. Wilna O. Nelson, during his boyhood days, had access to the common schools, and when fourteen years of age began as an apprentice at house painting, serving three years; he then left the parental roof and has since worked at his trade during the summer seasons; he, at the age of nineteen, finding his education quite limited, concluded to attend school at Greentown, which he did three winters, and in the fall of 1878 he began teaching, which profession he has since followed, proving himself to be a worthy and proficient tutor. Mr. Nelson was married, March 27, 1878, to Miss Josie Gallion, of Howard County, born November 16, 1857, and the daughter of Ezra P. and Matilda Gallon, both of English descent. Mr. Nelson is a Republican, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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