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NELS J. SHOLANDER became one of the pioneers in the development of the new opulent Chino district of San Bernardino County and was an earnest, upright and loyal citizen who commanded high place in popular esteem. He was born and reared in Sweden, where he received good educational advantages and where he gained his early experience in connection with the practical affairs of life. He was born May 16, 1836, and he died at his home in Chino, California, in May, 1893. In 1851 he married Miss Carrie Svedling, who was born April 4, 1842, and they continued their residence in their native land until 1881, when, accompanied by their three children, they immigrated to the United States and established their home on a farm in Boone County, Iowa, where they remained seven years, successive periods of drouth having entailed no little hardship and having made the farm enterprise unsuccessful as a whole. Upon leaving Iowa the family came to San Bernardino County, California, and Mr. Sholander here purchased thirty-two acres of wild land on what is now South Euclid Avenue, in the Village of Chino. When he settled here the entire valley was a cattle range, and in improving his own property he did well his part in furthering the general development of the district. He made his original tract of land a valuable property, as is evident when it is stated that in 1921 his widow sold the same for $300 an acre. He acquired real estate also in the more central part of Chino, including the attractive residence property which now represents the home of his widow, at the corner of Seventh Street and Chino Avenue. Mr. Sholander gave every possible aid in the furtherance of the civic and material development and advancement of the community, and through his well ordered efforts he gained independence and definite prosperity. When they came to this country he and his wife had no knowledge of the English language, and Mrs. Sholander was somewhat more than fifty years of age before she acquired ready use of the language. She is now one of the venerable pioneer women of Chino, where her circle of friends is limited only by that of her acquaintances. Mrs. Sholander is an earnest member of the Baptist Church, as was also her husband, and his political allegiance was given to the republican party. Of the three children the first is Peter, who was born May 16, 1862, and who gained his early education in the schools of Sweden. After coming to the United States with his parents he continued to be associated with his father in farm enterprise in Iowa until he was twenty-five years old. In 1887 he located in the City of Des Moines, that state, where he was variously employed for the ensuing four years. In 1889 he married Jennie Anderson, who was born in Sweden on the 5th of November, 18(67, and who came to America with her parents in 1881. In 1891 Peter Sholander established his home at Chino, California, where for twenty years he was in the employ of the American Beet Sugar Company. In the meanwhile he bought twenty acres of land within the city limits of Chino, and this property, which he has effectively improved, is his present place of residence. His only child, Jesner, was born at Des Moines, Iowa, May 16, 1890, was educated in the public schools of Chino and early manifested special mechanical ability. Jesner Sholander has been employed as a mechanic in various beet-sugar factories and is now mechanical superintendent of the motor department of the Chino High School. On account of a defective ear he was denied service as a soldier when the nation became involved in the World war. In 1912 he married Mabel Caldwell, and their one child, Josephine, was born November 19, 1914. Anna Martha, second child of the honored subject of this memoir, was born June 20, 1867, and was seventeen years of age at the time of her death. Charles John was born May 6, 1875, and was about six years old when the family came to the United States. He attended Chaffey College, the Southern California University and Leland Stanford, Jr., University, and he became a successful teacher of biology in the University of Southern California. This talented young man died in September, 1901.

History of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties 
By: John Brown, Jr., Editor for San Bernardino County 
And James Boyd, Editor for Riverside County 
With selected biography of actors and witnesses of the period 
of growth and achievement.
Volume III, the Western Historical Association, 1922, 
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, ILL

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011