Biography of Anton Nelson
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Anton Nelson, one of the leading stock raisers of Houston county, having a fine farm of 300 acres in section 11, Sheldon township, was born in Sweden, April 3, 1862, son of Nels Carlson and his wife, Anne Anderson, he being the fifth born in a family of eleven children. The parents, who never came to this country, are now deceased. Anton attended school in Sweden, acquiring an average education, and resided in his native land until reaching the age of 26 years. He then came to the United States, locating in Houston county, Minnesota. He was then unable to speak the English language, and for two years worked for a brother, Charles Nelson. Subsequently he hauled cream for three years, at the end of which time he bought his present farm; containing 300 acres of valuable land. He has added to its improvements and is making good progress in stock breeding, paying particular attention to Shorthorn cattle, registered, of which he has a herd numbering usually about sixty head. He is also a stockholder in the Houston Creamery, the Farmers' Elevator, the Telephone Company and the Houston Shipping Association. Of the Telephone Company he is now president, and he is one of the directors of the Houston County Fair Association. In politics an independent Republican, he is serving as a member of the school board of District 100. Mr. Nelson was married, March 13, 1894, to Anna Sophia Lind, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Lind, and who for five years previous to her marriage taught school in this county. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson: Leafy Norma Gladys, who was educated in the Houston high and the Winona normal school and is now a teacher in Houston county; Ernest Abner, who for two years attended the agricultural college at St. Paul, and is now assisting his father; and Chester Carlisle, a graduate of the same college, who is also at home on the farm. The family are affiliated religiously with the Swedish church on Swede Bottom.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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