Andrew A. Nelson, who is farming successfully on section 1, Richland precinct, is a native of Sweden, born May
22, 1870, of the marriage of Nels and Anna Anderson, the latter of whom came to this country in 1892 and made her
home with our subject until her demise in 1912. She is buried in the Swedeburg cemetery.
Mr. Nelson was reared under the parental roof and until fourteen years of age devoted the greater part of his time
to attending the common schools. He then concentrated his energies upon the work of the home farm and was so employed
until 1889. Having determined to try his fortune in the United States, where he had heard that favorable opportunities
awaited the energetic young man, he accordingly came to this country and located in Saunders county, Nebraska.
For three years he worked for Nels Swanberg, G. J. Putney and Peter Hockinson, during which time he carefully saved
his money with the end in view of purchasing land. His first farm comprised eighty acres, which he cultivated for
one year, and then he rented land for five years. He next purchased one hundred and twenty acres, but after operating
that place for four years he sold it and again rented land for a year. At the expiration of that period he purchased
a quarter section of land, to which he added eighty acres six years later. Mr. Nelson is now farming two hundred
and forty acres of excellent land and is a very efficient agriculturist, using up to date machinery and following
modern methods in his work. He seldom fails to secure good crops and as he watches the market carefully he receives
high prices. He planted all of the trees upon his place and has a good apple orchard, which adds to the value of
the farm. He has erected all of the buildings upon the place, which are commodious and substantial, and has just
completed a new residence, thoroughly up to date, being supplied with electric light and a central heating plant.
When he came to this country he had practically nothing but is now financially independent, which attests his energy
and business ability, as he has at all times relied solely upon his own resources.
Mr. Nelson was married in 1898 to Miss Bessie Pearson, a daughter of Peter and Anna Nelson, the former of whom
is still living. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew A. Nelson have four children, all of whom are at home, namely: Vernon; and
Helen, Herbert and Laurine, who are attending the country school.
Mr. Nelson takes a keen interest in public affairs and is well informed on questions and issues of the day. He
votes independently, believing that by so doing he can best further the general welfare. He holds membership in
the Swedish Mission church, and his influence is always cast on the side of right and justice. He has not only
gained individual prosperity but has also contributed to the agricultural development of the county and is recognized
as one of the leading citizens of his township.
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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