Biography of Edward H. Nelson
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Nelson, Edward H., was born in Owego, Tioga county, N. Y., July 31, 1869, son of Charles Nelson, also a native of Tioga county, who acquired a world wide reputation as a bridge builder. He was the foreman of the work of building the Portage Bridge and the Passaic Draw Bridge, and was also the foreman in charge of the erection of the great iron frames on the Centennial grounds at Philadelphia, in 1876. In 1877 he located in Hornellsville, and dealt in fruit and vegetables, and in 1881 took charge of the Eagle Hotel, which he conducted until the time of his death, which occurred September 20, 1889. His wife, Johanna Whitmire, was a native of Germany, and died March 21, 1890. They were the parents of two Sons and two daughters. Edward H. was educated in the city schools, and his first occupation was in the store with his father, and was then with J. J. Simmons for one year, and afterward employed in different stores until 1886, when he went into the Erie machine shop, four years of which time he was traveling advertising agent for the Hornellsville Exposition. In the fall of 1890 he established a fruit, confectionery, tobacco, and cigar store at the corner of Franklin and Canisteo streets, which he has since successfully conducted. In the spring of 1893 he established a bottling works on Franklin Street, where he manufactures a full line of soft drinks and conducts the bottling of ale and lager, with a yearly output of from six to eight thousand dollars' worth, and is also the agent for the Lang Brewery of Buffalo. In politics he is a Republican, and in the spring of 1895 was elected in the Fourth ward, where the Democratic majority is normally about sixty, by a majority of eighty four. He is also one of the council committee, and is chairman of the police and sewerage committees. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. In 1892 he married Maud, daughter of J. R. Lamphear.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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