Nils Eliason became a homesteader of Saunders county in 1870 and during the remainder of his life was actively
identified with agricultural interests here, passing away on his farm in Stocking township on the 16th of June,
1905 His birth occurred in Sweden on the 20th of June, 1886, his parents being Elias and Ingrid Eliason. He attended
the common schools in the acquirement of an education and after putting aside his textbooks devoted his attention
to farming until 1869, when as a young man of thirty three years he crossed the Atlantic to the United States.
He first spent a year in Iowa and then came to Nebraska, taking up a homestead claim of eighty acres in Saunders
county and also purchasing a similar tract of railroad land. The work of the fields claimed his time and energies
throughout the remainder of his life and his efforts were rewarded with splendid results, so that he became widely
recognized as one of the prosperous and representative agriculturists of the community. His widow now owns a quarter
section of land within a mile of Swedeburg, a tract of similar size five miles from the home place, two hundred
acres around the homestead and one hundred and sixty acres west of the original homestead, her holdings totaling
six hundred and eighty acres.
On May 9, 1881, Mr. Eliason was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Nelson, who was born in Sweden on the 6th of
April, 1857, and acquired her education in that country. Her father was Nels Johnson. To Mr. and Mrs. Eliason were
born seven children, as follows: Hilma, who is the wife of Sam Hedlund and resides southwest of Swedeburg; Anna,
who also lives southwest of Swedeburg and is the wife of Victor Hedlund, by whom she has one child; Emin, who wedded
Miss Esther Swanson, by whom he had one child, who is deceased; and Bernard and Reuben, both at home. All of the
above named have attended Luther College. Two children are deceased: Ida Vilhelmina, who died at the age of eighteen
years in 1900; and Enoch Theodore, who died when two years old.
Politically Mr. Eliason was a stanch republican, while his religious faith was indicated by his membership in the
Swedish Lutheran church at Swedeburg, in the faith of which he passed away June 16, 1905, when sixty nine years
of age. Coming to this country empty handed, he eagerly availed himself of the opportunities here afforded and
at the time of his demise was the owner of valuable and well improved farming property. Mrs. Eliason still resides
on the home farm on section 32, Stocking township, and is well known and highly esteemed throughout the community,
the circle of her friends being almost coextensive with the circle of her acquaintance.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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