History of Boone County, Iowa
Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
enterprise finds an exponent in Albert F. Nelson, who is a
member of the Nelson Dairy Company at Boone.
He was born in Fillmore
county, Nebraska, May 8, 1885, a son of Peter P. and Alexandria (Benson)
His education was acquired in the schools of his native town to
the age of sixteen years, when he accompanied his parents on their
removal from Nebraska to Boone.
grandfather, Peter P. Nelson, was a farmer of Sweden and came to the
United States in 1854.
He followed farming near Knoxville, Illinois,
and there passed away.
He married Ellen Nelson, who died in Sweden.
son, Peter P. Nelson, Jr., the father of Albert F. Nelson, was for
many years engaged in farming in Worth township, but is now living
He was born in Sweden, May 2, 1852, and attended school until
fourteen years of age, after which he began work upon farms, being thus
engaged until he came to the United States.
He was married in Sweden to
Miss Hannah Abrahamson and in 1873 they arrived in New York.
their way direct to Knoxville, Knox county, Illinois.
In the following
spring Mr. Nelson returned to his native land but in the meantime had
purchased forty acres in Knox county.
In October, of the same year, he
once more came to America and settled upon his farm in Illinois, where
he lived for four years.
On the expiration of that period he sold his
land and removed to Chase county, Nebraska, where he took up a homestead
claim, upon which he lived for seventeen years, being quite successful
in its development and management.
He then sold that property and
brought his family to Boone county, Iowa, where he purchased one hundred
and seventy-four acres of land in Worth township.
energy he began the development and improvement of the place and lived
there until his retirement from active business life when he took up his
abode in Boone, trading his farm for his town property.
In addition to
cultivating the cereals best adapted to soil and climate, he also
conducted a dairy business, and the products of his dairy found a ready
sale upon the market.
In 1880 he and his first wife returned to their
native land upon a visit and while there Mrs. Nelson passed away.
the 15th of November, 1881, in Chicago, Mr. Nelson was united in
marriage to the mother of our subject, who was born in Copenhagen, April
She came to the United States in 1881 and was living in
Chicago at the time of her marriage.
The children born unto Peter P.
and Alexandria Nelson were eight in number: Lillie, now the wife of Levi
Wells, of Columbus, Ohio; Albert F., whose name introduces this review;
Henry H., of Boone; Ernest W., who follows farming; Chester V.; Edith
H.; Floyd V.; and Glenn, all at home.
The parents are members of the
Swedish Mission church and Mr. Nelson gives his political support to the
Fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen.
He has gained many warm friends during the period of his residence in
this county and his many substantial qualities have won for him the
respect and goodwill of all with whom he has been brought in contact.
F. Nelson, following the removal of the family to Boone county,
began work upon the home farm in the employ of his father and spent five
years in that way, at the end of which time he purchased his father's
farm and continued its cultivation and development alone until the
spring of 1914, when he admitted his brothers, Ernest W. and Henry h.,
to a partnership in what is now known as the Nelson Dairy Company.
this connection they are doing a good business.
They keep a large
number of cows for dairy purposes and the product of their dairy finds a
ready sale on the market.
Neatness and sanitation are characteristic
features of the place and the results achieved indicate careful
management and unfaltering enterprise.
On the 14th of December, 1911, Mr. Nelson was united in marriage to Miss Melle M. Nelson, and they have a daughter, Irma Elizabeth. The parents hold membership in the Swedish Evangelical Mission church and Mr. Nelson has acted as a teacher in the Sunday school. He contributes generously to the support of the church and does all in his power to further the moral progress of the community. He was one of the organizers of the C. B. C., the largest in the state, and was its first president. He votes with the republican party and is unfaltering in his support of its principles which he deems best qualified to promote good government. His life has been well spent, his actions manly and sincere, and the sterling traits of his character are attested in the high regard in which he is uniformly held.
Carl O. Nelson, of Ogden, Iowa, is not only very successful in the
field of veterinary surgery but also conducts a profitable livery
Dr. Nelson is yet a comparatively young man and stands but on
the threshold of a successful career.
He was born in Des Moines, Iowa,
July 23, 1880, and is a son of Peter and Mary (Anderson) Nelson, natives
of Sweden, who after crossing the ocean located in Des Moines, Iowa, at
an early day in that city's history.
The father was a grading
contractor and also gave considerable attention to farming, following both
occupations to the end of his days.
He passed away March 15, 1905,
being survived by his wife.
Nelson was reared and educated in Des Moines.
After completing his
preliminary education he entered the Chicago Veterinary College, from
which he graduated with the class of 1908, on April 1 of that year.
Shortly thereafter he came to Ogden, where he established himself in
He has ever since been located in this city and has built up
a large and profitable patronage.
He is well versed in the scientific
branches of veterinary surgery and in the years that have passed has
gained in experience.
Some time after locating here Dr. Nelson acquired
a livery barn, which he is now conducting and which is the only barn in
He buys and sells horses and mules and his judgment of these
animals is entirely to be relied upon.
In all his business pursuits he
has proven himself a man of honorable principles and in full measure
enjoys the confidence of those who have business relations with him.
March, 1910, Dr. Nelson was united in marriage to Miss Effie Olson, a
daughter of Carl and Mary Olson, natives of Sweden, who were pioneers of
Sac county, this state.
Both father and mother are now living retired
at Odebolt, Iowa.
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson are popular in social circles of
Fraternally he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows and gives his political allegiance to the republican party,
although he has no aspirations for public office.
He takes a lively
interest in the development of his section and is ever ready to give his
support to beneficial measures.
Although yet young in years, he owns a
valuable business and a handsome residence.
Along professional lines he
is connected with the Iowa and Missouri Valley Veterinary Associations
and in exchanging views with the brethren of his profession keeps in
touch with the latest scientific developments in veterinary science.
His religious faith is that of the Swedish Lutheran church.
is a valuable citizen of Ogden, who through his activities contributes
toward the advancement of this city.
Nelson is to be numbered among the enterprising younger
business men of Boone, where he now is the owner of the Boone Bottling
Works, a prosperous establishment the ownership of which he acquired
only about a year age.
Mr. Nelson was born in Boone, September 7, 1877,
and is a son of Andrew and Ellen Nelson, natives of Sweden.
to America soon after their marriage, settling in Rockford, Illinois.
In that city they remained for a time, the father following the trade of
In 1868 they came to Boone, Andrew Nelson becoming one of the
earlier settlers of that city.
He was the first tailor of Boone,
working for his brother, John T., who came to that city about the same
He continued in that association for a number of years and then
retired, passing away June 17, 1912.
His widow survived him until May
The father was one of the organizers and a trustee of the
Swedish Mission church, of which both he and his wife were members.
was a republican and stanchly upheld the principles of that party.
him and his wife were born the following children:
Oscar A., of Boone;
Theodore E., who is a business man of that city; Charles, who passed
away at the age of fifteen; George W., of this review; and three who
died in infancy.
W. Nelson attended the public schools of Boone until fifteen
years of age, receiving his first instruction under a Mrs. Joseph
After laying aside his text-books he became a clerk in the
shoe store of C. A. McCune, so remaining until Mr. McCune sold out his
interest to Oscar A. Nelson and George W. Nelson.
Mr. Nelson of this
review a few years later sold out to his brother and bought the
Westerberg Bottling Works, changing the name to the Boone Bottling
Although Mr. Nelson has conducted this business only a short
time, he has already laid the foundations of a decided success.
is great credit due him for what he has achieved, as his success has
come to him entirely through his own efforts.
May 3, 1911, Mr. Nelson married Miss Theresa A. Anderson, of
Minneapolis, Minnesota, a daughter of Gustave A. Anderson.
Mr. and Mrs.
Nelson reside in a handsome home at No. 427 South Boone street, where
they often entertain their many friends.
They are members of the
Swedish Lutheran church and interested in its work.
Nelson preserves independence, giving his vote to the candidates whom he
considers best fitted for the office irrespective of party affiliation.
Fraternally he is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks
and popular in that organization.
He is a public-spirited citizen who
promotes enterprise wherever and whenever possible and who in a quiet
way has done his share for the development of his city.
Nelson, who controls most of the stock of the McCune Shoe
Company of Boone, is one of the city's most successful merchants,
serving at present as secretary and treasurer of this firm.
He was born
in Rockford, Illinois, November 3, 1868, and is a son of Andrew and Elna
The paternal grandfather was Nels Torkelson, whose
wife died when the father of our subject was in his infancy.
grandfather, a widower, came to the United States, landing in New York,
whither his son Andrew had preceded him one year before, locating
shortly afterward in Rockford, Illinois.
In 1868 Andrew Nelson came to
Montana City, as it was then called - now Boone - and there he was
joined by his father and his four other children.
The grandfather was a
tailor by trade and already well along in years when he came to this
After locating in Boone he followed his trade to some extent
and died there in 1880.
Nelson learned the trade of a tailor in Sweden, where he attended
the common schools in the acquirement of an education.
throughout his life in the tailoring business and died July 17, 1912.
He married in Sweden Miss Elna Anderson, who came to the United States
with him and who passed away in Boone, May 27, 1913.
All of their
children were born in this country.
The parents were members of the
Swedish Evangelical Mission church, of which the father was a charter
member and in which he served as deacon and trustee.
He was an adherent
of the republican party until a few years prior to his death, when he
became an independent, giving his support to such candidates as he
considered best adapted for the office to which they aspired without
regard to party dictates.
A. Nelson attended the public schools of Boone until fifteen years
of age, completing his education by two years' attendance in high
He entered upon his business career as clerk in the book store
of F. A. Bolt, later accepting a position in a grocery store which was
conducted by G. F. Miller.
After severing this connection he entered
the shoe store of C. a. McCune, the business being incorporated in 1890
as the McCune Shoe Company.
At that time Mr. Nelson acquired stock in
the concern, continuing as clerk therein, and was made vice president of
the company, serving as such until 1900.
He then was elected president,
in which capacity he continued until 1907, when he acquired the
controlling interest in the firm and has since served as secretary-
The McCune Shoe Company conduct a prosperous retail business
at No. 721 Story street and enjoy a high reputation for carrying a most
reliable and up-to-date stock.
The success of the firm is largely due
to the methods and policy instituted by Oscar A. Nelson, its secretary-
treasurer, who is considered one of the most shrewd and able business
men in the town.
Personally he is courteous and affable, having
attracted many customers to his store by his pleasing personality.
August 12, 1896, Mr. Nelson married Miss Agnes G. Zandell of Boone, a
daughter of Alfred and Ida (Blomberg) Zandell.
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson have
Eloise G. and Myron A.
The parents are devout members of
the Swedish Evangelical Mission, in which the father has served as a
trustee for ten years.
Politically he is a member of the progressive
party, completely in sympathy with the ideals which that party has set
out to realize.
Mr. Nelson has ever been interested in educational
matters and served on the town board of education for six years,
rendering valuable help in making possible the erection of a beautiful
new schoolhouse, which was opened in January, 1914, and is one of the
most practical, sanitary and best equipped in the state.
Mr. Nelson is
a public-spirited and patriotic citizen who by his activities has
contributed toward the development of his city and who is ever ready to
sacrifice personal interest in order to promote community welfare.
is justly entitled to the predicate of self-made man, for he has
succeeded through his own efforts only, efforts which have been based
upon ambition, industry, determination and honesty.
Nelson, a resident of Boone for the past forty-five years, has
been actively engaged in the lumber business here for three decades and
is now at the head of the well known firm of P. T. Nelson & Sons.
birth occurred in Sweden on the 28th of March, 1845, his parents being
Thorkel and Ellen (Peterson) Nelson, who were likewise natives of that
country and have passed away.
To them were born six children, as
follows: Nelse, Andrew T. and Olaf, all of whom are deceased; Peter T.,
of this review; John T., a resident of Los Angeles, California; and Hans
T., living in Boone, Iowa.
T. Nelson became identified with the milling business when a youth
of sixteen and was thus engaged until he had attained the age of twenty-
In 1869 he emigrated to the United States and took up his abode
in Boone, Iowa, being here employed at railroad work for three years.
Subsequently he spent twelve years at the tailor's trade and on the
expiration of that period embarked in the lumber business, in which he
has been engaged continuously and successfully since.
He purchased as
interest in the Farrow Lumber Company and in 1905 bought out his
associates and admitted his two sons, Emil L. and Alfred E., to a
The firm has since conducted business under the style of
P. t. Nelson & Sons and is a successful enterprise, its members being
widely recognized as men of excellent executive ability, sound judgment
and unassailable integrity.
the 26th of November, 1872, Mr. Nelson was united in marriage to Miss
Lizzie Norlin, who passed away in 1893 and who bore him six children,
namely: Charles and Edward, both of whom are deceased; Emil L. and
Alfred E., who are associated with their father in business; Nellie, the
wife of A. F. Nelson, of Boone; and Arthur, who has passed away.
6th of January, 1897, Mr. Nelson was again married, his second union
being with Miss Augusta Gustafson.
his political views Mr. Nelson is independent, supporting men and
measures rather than party.
He has never sought nor desired the honors
and emoluments of office, preferring to devote his entire attention to
his business interests, which have brought him well merited prosperity.
He is now the only surviving organizer of the Swedish Mission church and
still resides on the same lot where he was first married more than four
Coming to the new world in early manhood, he eagerly
availed himself of the opportunities here afforded and worked his way
steadily upward to a foremost place among the substantial and respected
citizens of Boone county.
enterprising methods, William H. Nelson has built up a good
business in the marble and granite monument trade at Boone. Determination
and energy have constituted the salient features of his
success, bringing him to a position where the consensus of public
opinion places him among the foremost and representative business men of
His parents are Benjamin R. and Nancy (Forsythe) Nelson.
paternal grandfather, Benjamin Nelson, born at Redstone, Pennsylvania,
in 1786, served throughout the War of 1812 in the Second Ohio Militia
and when his military duties were over took up the occupation of
farming, which he made his life work, passing away in Ohio.
father was born December 21, 1830, in Harrison county, Ohio, where
he learned and followed the blacksmith's trade.
He was afterward
employed on the national turnpike in shoeing government horses.
outbreak of the Civil war his patriotic spirit was aroused and he
enlisted at Zanesville, Ohio, in the One Hundred and Twenty-second Ohio
Infantry, with which he served throughout the war, being advanced from
the ranks to the position of corporal. Twice
he was wounded, and
because of his injuries he was honorably discharged on the 9th of June,
In April, 1866, he removed to Cambridge, Ohio, and was made
gatekeeper on the national turnpike, continuing in that position until
1872, when he went to Zanesville.
He was afterward at St. Clairsville
and finally returned to Cambridge, where he passed away May 22, 1890.
On the 1st of April, 1851, Benjamin R. Nelson was united in marriage to
Miss Nancy Forsythe, a daughter of Thomas Forsythe, who was born in
Ireland, March 14, 1808, and passed away on the 30th of April, 1881.
was but three years of age when brought to the new world and after
living in Pennsylvania for a number of years became a resident of Ohio
in 1837 and there engaged in the dry-goods business.
He was married
February 2, 1832, and it was his daughter Nancy who became the wife of
Benjamin R. Nelson.
Of this marriage there were born eight children:
Thomas Forsythe, who was born March 31, 1852, and is now in Washington,
D. C.; Mary Jane, who was born March 25, 1854, and is the wife of Levi
D. Anker of Cambridge, Ohio; William H., of this review, born March 1,
1857; John Anderson, who was born November 25, 1859, and is living in
Cambridge, Ohio; Clara Margaret, who was born October 24, 1862, and is
the wife of Robert Rickard of Goldfield, Iowa; James McFarland, who was
born September 12, 1868, and is living in Cleveland, Ohio; Anna Belle,
who was born February 17, 1871, and is the wife of Charles Carnes of
Cambridge, Ohio, and Bertha Rosella, who was born May 21, 1873, and is
with her mother in Cambridge.
H. Nelson acquired his early education in the country schools
and also continued his studies in Cambridge and in the St. Clairsville
(Ohio) high school.
He was connected with the optical business in
Chicago from 1876 until 1878 and on the expiration of that period went
to Des Moines.
He afterward engaged in the abstract business in various
places in Iowa, including Des Moines, Indianola and Nevada.
Subsequently he removed to Cedar Rapids and there began the publication
of Nelson's Railway Guide, which is now known as Russell's Railway
At a later period he went to Marshalltown, where he was engaged
in the oil business for thirteen years.
He likewise became prominent in
local politics and during his residence there served as a member of the
city council for several terms and also as justice of the peace.
fact, he was one of the leading and influential residents of that
Mr. Nelson had disposed of his interests at Marshalltown he turned
his attention to farming, but after a year entered the hotel business at
Gilbert, Iowa, whence he went to Ames and from that point came to Boone.
This was in the year 1905 and for a brief period he conducted a hotel in
He then sold out and is now engaged in the marble monument
business in Boone, in which he has been accorded a liberal patronage.
He devotes his entire attention to this business and for the products of
his shop finds a ready sale.
His enterprise is unfaltering and his
energy places him among those who are most active and progressive in the
business circles of the city.
Nelson was married in Gilbert, Iowa, to Miss Sarah Elizabeth
MacFarlane, who was born July 30, 1856, in Princeton, New York, a
daughter of John Alexander and Mary Jean (Hannay) MacFarlane, natives of
The great-grandfather of Mrs. Nelson was Parlan MacFarlane,
who was one of the last chiefs of the celebrated MacFarlane clan of the
He was born in Scotland in 1769 and passed away
August 12, 1814.
The grandfather, John MacFarlane, born May 19, 1796,
left his native Scotland to become a resident of the new world and
passed away in the state of New York in 1867.
The father, John
Alexander MacFarlane, arrived in the United States in his youthful days
and during the period of the Civil war, from 1861 to 1865, was on active
duty with the Thirteenth New York Heavy Artillery.
He made farming his life
occupation and thus provided for his family of eight children, of
whom four are yet living.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Nelson have been born five
children: Alice M., born May 28, 1882; John Archibald, born November 20,
1883; Anna Richmond, who was born May 18, 1888, and passed away July 24,
1893; Ethelyn Marie, who was born September 28, 1890; and Ruth
MacFarlane, born January 16, 1894.
family attend the Presbyterian church, in which the parents hold
Mr. Nelson is also a Mason, an Odd Fellow, a Knight of
Pythias and a Modern Woodman, and he belongs to the grand lodge of I. O.
O. F. of Des Moines.
His wife is a past president of the Rebekah
assembly of the state of Iowa and a past grand chief of the Pythian
Sisters of Iowa.
In his political views Mr. Nelson is a stalwart
republican, but the honors and emoluments of office have no attraction
He is a man of notable energy in business affairs, of fidelity
in friendship and of trustworthiness in every relation of life. Wherever
known he is held in high esteem and most of all where he is best known.