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Nielsen, Andrew Joseph

Sheridan Press, Wednesday, December 29, 1931, page 1

A.J. Nielsen Succumbs In Los Angeles
Former Sheridan Sheriff Will Be Buried at Mount Hope

The ashes of Andrew J. (Andy) Nielsen, former sheriff of Sheridan county, and after whom the "Nielsen Heights" residential district was named, will be interred in Mount Hope municipal cemetery late this week. Mr. Nielsen died at his home in Los Angeles last Wednesday at the age of 75, according to word received here Tuesday.

One of Sheridan's earliest pioneers, he was widely known during his residence here. Mr. Nielsen donated 13 acres of the present Pioneer park and also a portion of the land on which the high school is located.

He left Sheridan in 1917 and since 1921 has made his home in California.

Mr. Nielsen first came to Wyoming as chief packer for General Phil Sheridan on his trip from Cheyenne to Yellowstone park at the age of 25. He was stationed for several years at Camp Carlin, later Fort D.A. Russel and now Fort Francis E. Warren.

He came to Sheridan in 1883 and became associated with the Grinnell Land and Livestock company as foreman of the Wrench ranch north of the city. Later he filed on a 40-acre tract which is now "Nielsen Heights."

Mr. Nielsen gave up his ranching interests in 1900 upon his election as sheriff, serving in that capacity for four years. In 1906 he was appointed chief of police and remained in that position for four more years. Later he held the contract to furnish the stone for the construction of Fort Mackenzie, now federal veterans bureau hospital No. 86.

In 1898 Mr. Nielsen accompanied a troop of rough riders as a packer during the Spanish-American war, but did not see active service. During the World war he was at the ship building yards at Quincy, Mass.

Mr. Nielsen married Anna Lee Sears here in 1895. Mrs. Nielsen died in 1900, and he never remarried. His only survivors are two children, Mrs. Virginia Lee Davis of Canon City, Colo., and Andrew J. Nielsen, Jr., of Chicago.

He was a member of the local Masonic order and the Elks, Knights of Pythias and Woodmen of the World lodges. Cremation was at Los Angeles.

Nielsen, Mrs. Anna Lee Sears

Sheridan Post, Friday, September 6, 1900, page 5

Passed Away

This community was shocked last Thursday to hear of the death of Mrs. Ann L. Nielsen wife of A.J. Nielsen of this city. She had been taken to the St. Joseph hospital of Omaha and had underwent [sic] an operation which was successful and no fears were entertained of her death but she took suddenly worse and died at 5:30 o'clock Thursday morning. Her remains were brought to this place by her sorrowing husband and were met at the depot by a large crowd of friends and members of the Rebeckah, Odd Fellows, and Woodmen lodges. The funeral took place at the Congregational church on Sunday at 2 o'clock, Rev. Rostwick preaching a very appropriate sermon. A long line of friends followed the remains to Mt. Hope cemetery, the members of the lodges mentioned being draped in memorial badges. The body was buried in Odd Fellow's plot.

Mrs. Neilsen's [sic] maiden name was Anna L. Sears and her former home was Rushville, Neb. She came to this country about 6 years ago and married A.J. Nielsen a year later. Two children was [sic] the result of the happy union a girl of three years and a boy 16 months old.

The Post joins with the community in expressions of sympathy and regret.