Biography of John Nelson
Houston County, MN Biographies

John Nelson, proprietor of an excellent farm of 240 acres in section 22, Sheldon township, was born in Telemarken, Norway, Dec. 23, 1839, son of Nels Christianson and his wife, Ingeborg Johnson. He was his parents' second child, and was twenty-two years old when, in 1861, he accompanied them to Houston county, Minn., and took up his residence on the land which constitutes his present farm. Until his father's death in 1869 he was his assistant, and after that event the management of the homestead came into his hands. He has put on all the improvements, ineluding the buildings and fences, and the place is thoroughly modern in every respect. He has for many years carried on general farming successfully, though is now practically retired. He is a member of the Houston Shipping Association. In politics a Republican, Mr. Nelson formerly rendered service on the school board. His religious affiliations are with the Norwegian Lutheran church. More than forty years ago Mr. Nelson assumed the responsibilities of domestic life when, on Oct. 1, 1877, he was united in marriage with Aase Stromme, who was born in Telemarken, Norway, one of the twelve children of Aanund Stromme and his wife, whose maiden name was Torgier Oldlsatter. The Stromme family came to this country about 1869, locating in this county and vicinity. After retiring from agricultural work Mr. and Mrs. Stromme took up their residence with their son in law, John Nelson. He is now deceased but she is still residing there and has now attained the venerable age of ninety six years. Only three of her twelve children are living. To Mr. and Mrs. John Nelson eleven children have been born: Nels, a farmer in this vicinity who married Emma Sanden; Andrew J., who married Josie Sanden and resides at Wild Rose, N. D.; Christian, a farmer at Daneville, Mont.; Oscar, a farmer of Ogilvie, Minn., who married Lizzie Skree; Emma, wife of George Foss, a farmer of Yucatan township, Houston county; Louis, who lives on the home farm; John, who is now in the United States military service; Obert, who is also a soldier; and Mentor, Thea and Katherine, who are residing at home.


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

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