Oluf Nelson, who passed away on his farm in Stocking township on the 27th of December, 1890, was for a number
of years actively engaged in agricultural pursuits in this county and enjoyed an enviable reputation as a representative
and esteemed citizen. His birth occurred in Sweden, on the 15th of May, 1849, and in the acquirement of an education
he attended the common schools of his native country. Until about eighteen years of age he worked in order to provide
the funds necessary to defray his school expenses and subsequently devoted his attention to farming and carpentering
until 1880, when he determined to establish his home in the new world and crossed the Atlantic to the United States.
He made his way direct to Saunders county, Nebraska, and purchased eighty acres of railroad land in Stocking township,
where he carried on agricultural pursuits continuously and successfully until called to his final rest. His demise
occurred December 27, 1890, when he was forty one years of age, and the community mourned the loss of one of its
substantial, representative and esteemed citizens. The prosperity which came to him was directly attributable to
his own efforts, for though he had a little money at the time of his arrival in this country, he gave most of it
to assist others.
On the 1st of September, 1884, Mr. Nelson was united in marriage to Miss Nellie Paulson, a daughter of Paul. and
Nela Paulson, who died in Sweden. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson became the parents of three children, namely: Joseph A.,
who is a railroad mail clerk living in Omaha; Harry H. A., at home; and Arthur A., who operates the home farm.
Oluf Nelson gave his political allegiance to the republican party, while his religious faith was that of the Swedish
Mission church. His life was upright and honorable in every relation and his comparatively early demise came as
a great blow to his family and friends. Mrs. Nelson is highly esteemed throughout the community, having won a wide
and favorable acquaintance during the long period of her residence here.
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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