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in the agricultural and educational circles of Isleton, Sacramento
county, Cal., is Jacob Nelson, who, as a member of the local school
board, is rendering good service to his fellow townsmen and to the
school children of this and future generations.
Nelson's father, Christian Nelson, was a native of Norway, and upon
coming to America made his way to California, where he arrived in 1859.
The family settled in Alameda county, Cal., and here Jacob Nelson was
born in 1864. While still a babe, his parents moved to a ranch in the
Montezuma Hills, near Denverton, Cal., and there he grew to manhood,
receiving his education in the public schools. Having become familiar
with the life of a ranchman, he adopted that as his vocation, and his
ranch is numbered among the most productive and best in the county. In
1895 Mr. Nelson married Georgietta Knott, whose father, George Andrew
Knott, was a native of Maryland. He came to California in 1852, crossing
the plains in the manner of the pioneer emigrants of that time. His
marriage to Janet Craib, a native of Scotland, occurred in 1858; they
settled on Andrus island in 1865, and it is on this ranch that Jacob
Nelson and his wife are now living. Mr. Knott died in 1899, and his wife
followed him in 1902.
The lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Franklin, Sacramento county, includes Mr. Nelson in its membership, while the Onisbo Chapter No. 164, 0. E. S., claims both Mr. and Mrs. Nelson. He also affiliates with Isleton Lodge, I. 0. 0. F. As a farmer, Mr. Nelson takes high rank in his community, and as a citizen he is ready at all times to encourage any proposition for the advancement of the interests of his community. He and his estimable wife hold the esteem of the entire community.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011