Biography of Peter R. Nelson
Saunders County, NE Biographies





Peter R. Nelson, who has gained a gratifying measure of success as a farmer, resides on section 11, Richland precinct. He was born in Sweden on the 2d of December, 1861, his parents being Erasmus and Martha Nelson. Two of his sisters are also residents of the United States, namely: Mrs. Hannah Bengston, who is living in Lincoln, Nebraska; and Ellen, who makes her home in Chicago.

Peter Nelson attended the common schools of Sweden until he was about fourteen years of age and then began providing for his own support, working as a farm hand. After devoting two years to farm work he learned the blacksmith's trade, which he followed until 1881. In that year he left his native land and, crossing the Atlantic to the United States, made his way westward to Saunders county, Nebraska. For four years he worked on farms and at the end of that time had sufficient capital to enable him to buy eighty acres of railroad land, which he has since cultivated. Although when he came to this country he had no capital other than his willingness to work and his determination to succeed, he now owns a well improved farm, from which he derives a good income.

On the 17th of November, 1901, occurred the marriage of Mr. Nelson and Miss Hildred Froeburg, a daughter of Nels Froeburg, of Oakland, Nebraska. To this union have been born five children, Roland, Mildred, Wallace, Leonora and Bernice.

Mr. Nelson votes independently, following the dictates of his judgment rather than the commands of a party leader. His religious faith is that of the Swedish Mission church, to the supkort of which he contributes, and he can be counted upon to further all movements which make for the good of his community. He has thoroughly identified his interests with those of Saunders county and is recognized as a public spirited citizen.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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