Biography of Charles Nelson
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Charles Nelson, who owns and operates a profitable stock farm of 280 acres in Sheldon township, his residence lying in section 10, was born in Halland, Sweden, April 16, 1852, son of Nels and Anne (Anderson) Carlson. His parents, who never came to this country, are now deceased. Charles remained in his native land until he was 20 years old, attending school there in his boyhood. When he came to America he was unable to speak English, but found employment in railroad construction work in Pennsylvania, being thus occupied for two years. For 23 months afterward he worked on a farm in the same state, and then became fireman in a hotel in Renover, Pa., which job he retained for six months. He then resolved to seek the Northwest, knowing that there many of his countrymen had settled and achieved success, and accordingly he soon afterward made his appearance in Houston county, Minnesota. During his first two years in this county he worked out for others, saving his money and biding his time until he was able to purchase land. When he finally bought he selected his present farm, where he has since remained, and which he has greatly improved by the erection of substantial buildings of modern type. The land is also of a good crop producing quality, but Mr. Nelson is at present giving his chief attention to stock raising, making a specialty of Hereford cattle. In all branches of his work he has been successful and has taken his place among the enterprising and prosperous farmers of his township. He is a shareholder in the Houston Creamery Company and the local telephone company. His political principles are in general those of the Republican party. He has served on his district school board for a number of years. Religiously, he is a member of the Adventist church. Mr. Nelson was married Nov. 28, 1878, to Christine Nelson, who, like himself, was born in Halland, Sweden, June 25, 1857, her parents being Ben Nicholas and Anna B. (Bergeson) Nelson. Her father having died in Sweden, she accompanied her mother to this country in August, 1876, locating at Jamestown, N. Y., whence in the following December they came to Houston county, Minn. Several years later the mother died at Cannon Falls, Minn. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson are the parents of eleven children, as follows: Edward, a farmer at Bonin, Mont.; Frederick, who is farming at Emerson, N. D.; Alma, wife of Albin Carison, a farmer and miller of Money Creek township; Nannie, wife of Joseph Krohler, who is employed in a factory at Naperville, Ill.; Paul, a farmer in Houston township; Chancy, a farmer in Bonin, Mont.; Archie, residing on the home farm; Julia, who is a proficient teacher; Esther, who resides with her parents, and Rebena, also a proficient teacher and a graduate of the Swedish Seminary at Broadview, Illinois.

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


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