Edith Christina Larson




Clarence Cornelius Nelson was born January 1, 1879, in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, and died May 28, 1967, at a local hospital, Hot Springs, Fall River Co., SD, at age 88. Buried in State Veterans Home Cemetery, Hot Springs, Fall River Co., SD. He is the son of Emil Gustav Nelson of Grandgarten, Oglunda, Skaraborg Co., Sweden, and Lena Sophia Svensson Rosander of Lemhult, Jonkopings, Stocken, Sweden.

Edith Christina Larson was born February 8, 1883, on the family farm, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, and died November 5, 1971, at the State Veteran's Home Infirmary, Hot Springs, Fall River Co., SD, at age 88. Buried in State Veterans Home Cemetery, Hot Springs, Fall River Co., SD. She is the daughter of Olaus Larsson of Fröbbestorp, Kalmar Co., Sweden, and Catarina Olivia Wilhelmina Larsdotter of Varna Parish, Östergőtland Län, Sweden.

Clarence Cornelius Nelson (age 21), a bachelor, and Edith Christina Larson (age 17), a maiden, were married Easter Sunday, April 15, 1900, at the Salem Lutheran Church, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.

Clarence Cornelius Nelson and Edith Christina (Larson) Nelson had nine children:

  1. Myrtle Katherine Nelson: Born August 29, 1901, in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL; Died July 18, 1994, in Denver, Adams Co., CO (age 92). Married February 24, 1923, in Gregory Co., SD, to John William Granberg: Born October 31, 1901, in Nederluleå, Norrbotten, Sweden; Died February 2, 1985, in Denver, Adams Co., CO (age 83).
  2. Hazel Marguerite Nelson: Born October 30, 1902, in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL; Died January 30, 1999, in Prineville, Crook Co., OR (age 96). Buried in Juniper Haven Cemetery, Prineville, Crook Co., OR. Married December 25, 1931, in Detroit, Wayne Co., MI, to Robert Maurice Farring Jr.: Born September 9, 1897, in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Twp., Anne Arundel Co., MD; Died July 23, 1977, in Prineville, Powell Butte, Crook Co., OR (age 79). Buried in Juniper Haven Cemetery, Prineville, Crook Co., OR.
  3. Paul Emil Nelson: Born January 26, 1905, in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL; Died March 12, 1999, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE (age 94). Buried in Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE. Married (1) January 26, 1929, in Tripp Co., SD, to Elnora Bernice Goodman: Born September 30, 1907, in Kossuth Co., IA ; Died July 18, 1961, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE (age 53). Buried in Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE. Married (2) June 24, 1962, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE, to Lulu Mae (Nissen) Noble: Born January 12, 1909, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE; Died June 9, 1989, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE (age 80). Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE.
  4. Fern Emily Rosebud Nelson: Born October 28, 1907, in Iona, Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD; Died March 19, 2009, in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR (age 101). Buried in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Vancouver, Clark Co., WA. Married June 11, 1934, in Winner, Tripp Co., SD, to Verdus Bert Peterson: Born April 13, 1911, in Bijou Hills, Brule Co., SD; Died November 25, 1992, in Vancouver, Clark Co., WA (age 81). Buried in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Vancouver, Clark Co., WA.
  5. Olive Sophia Nelson: Born March 8, 1910, in Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD; Died September 7, 2010, in Ferndale, Whatcom Co., WA (age 100). Buried in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Vancouver, Clark Co., WA. Married (1) June 24, 1936, in Chamberlain, Brule Co., SD, to Leslie Osman Goodman: Born March 26, 1904, in Lyons, Burt Co., ND; Died January 17, 1960, in Rapid City, Pennington Co., SD (age 55). Married (2) April 25, 1963, in Tonasket, WA, to LeRoy Lull: Born January 4, 1901, in Albion, Boone Co., NE; Died on June 12, 1983, in Yuma, Yuma Co., AZ (age 82). Married (3) September 3, 1988, in Yuma, AZ, to Fredrick Leonard "Fred" Dirks: Born December 1, 1913, in Hancock Twp., Bon Homme Co., SD; Died January 30, 2001, in Yuma, Yuma Co., AZ (age 87). Buried in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Vancouver, Clark Co., WA.
  6. Laurel Victoria Nelson: Born December 9, 1911, in Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD; Died January 3, 2010, in Astoria, Clatsop Co., OR (age 98). Buried in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Vancouver, Clark Co., WA. Never married.
  7. Walter Rosander Nelson: Born May 22, 1915, in Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD; Died December 26, 1980, in Eugene, Lane Co., OR (age 65). Buried in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Vancouver, Clark Co., WA. Never married.
  8. Violet Theodora Nelson: Born May 9, 1918, in Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD; Died July 19, 2007, in Astoria, Clatsop Co., OR (age 89). Buried in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Vancouver, Clark Co., WA. Married March 8, 1941, in Butte, Boyd Co., NE, to Howard Solomon Peterson: Born May 19, 1919, in Bijou Hills, Brule Co., SD; Died November 22, 1998, in Longview, Cowlitz Co., WA (age 79). Buried in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Vancouver, Clark Co., WA.
  9. Norman Norris Nelson: Born December 14, 1919, in Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD; Died October 16, 2006, in Oklahoma City or Edmond, Oklahoma Co., OK (age 86). Buried in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Vancouver, Clark Co., WA. Never married.



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Clarence Cornelius Nelson's parents are buried in two different states. Lena Sophia Svensson (Rosander) Nelson is buried in Scandinavian Cemetery, Rockford, Winnebago Co. IL. Emil Gustav Nelson is buried in IOOF Cemetery, Gregory, Gregory Co., SD. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making these images available.


   

Clarence Cornelius Nelson and Edith Christina (Larson) Nelson are buried in State Veterans Home Cemetery, Hot Springs, Fall River Co., SD. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making these images available.


Clarence Cornelius Nelson was born January 1, 1879, in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 4, 1880, shows E. G. Nelson (age 23) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents is a Post Office Clerk living at 405 South Second Street, 2nd Ward, City of Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL. Living with him is his wife, Sophia Nelson (age 20) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents,, who is Keeping House. Also living there are his two children, both born in Illinois to Swedish-born parents: Clarence Nelson (age 1-5/12); and Norma Nelson (age 2/12, March). E. G.'s unmarried brother also lives in the household: Mark Nelson (age 18) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents, who is a Grocery Clerk.


   

Emil Gustav Nelson was a mail carrier in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL.


Lena Sophia Svensson (Rosander) Nelson, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL.


Clraence Cornelius Nelson Decadency Chart.


CLARENCE CORNELIUS NELSON RECORD OF FAMILY - Edited

It was suggested that I make a history of our family tree as far back as we could find out about our early ancestors. Will try to write some of the facts as near as we can find out many years back.

To start with, our Grandmother, Anna Rosander, stated that some of our early ancestors fought with Gustavor Adolphus when he attacked the nations surrounding Sweden. Some never returned and probably lost their lives in the military campaign.

Some of our ancestors came to the United States in 1869. Their original name was Swenson. One of the brothers kept the name of Swenson; the other three brothers took the name of Rosander. These four brothers came to Rockford, Illinois; this city having been settled by the Swedish.

Johannas Nelson, my Grandfather, was born April 14, 1825, in Sweden, and died at the age of 93 years, in the year 1918. He was married to Maria Ulrika Magnisdotter, who was born October 29, 1827, in Sewden, and died August 13, 1916, at the age of 88. They had twelve children, five of them died in youth. Grandfather (Johannas Nelson) and the eldest son, John, came to the United States in about 1875 and worked for two years in order to bring his wife, Ulrika, and the remaining six children to the U.S. to Rockford, Illinois.

In later years some of the brothers went to Iowa - they changed the spelling of their name to Nilsson. They bought land in Buena Vista and Pala Alto Co., Iowa, near the towns of Laurens, Altos, Storm Lake and Peterson, Iowa.

My Mother, Lena Sophia Rosander, married Emil Gustav Nelson, February 24, 1878; to this union were born six children. Mother died April 21, 1892, at which time I was 13 years of age and Loyal, Eleven days old. Grandma Rosander took care of Loyal for about a year, then he was taken care of my hired help and others until Father married Sophia Fihn, 2 years later. Emil died 8-20-35 and Sophie Born 1-15-1864 died on 6-30-36...both buried to Odd Fellows Cemetery, Gregory, S. D.

C. C. Nelson was born at Rockford, Illinois Jan. I, 1879--was married to Edith Christina Larson, April 15, 1900. Edith was born February 8, 1883 at Waupaca, Wisconsin. To this union there were born nine children; Myrtle, Hazel, Paul, Fern, Olive, Laurel, Walter, Violet and Norman. I enlisted in Spanish American War June 14, 1898 and saw military service in Puerto Rico; discharged Jan. 16, 1899. Had quite a siege of malaria fever after returning from service. Also was in military service on Mexican Border June 17, 1917; discharged from active duty at Omaha, Nebraska, March 5, 1918. Was stationed at San Benita, Texas. In Spanish American War was a member of Company K, 3rd Illinois Vol. Infantry.

The C. C. Nelson family homesteaded in Gregory Co., South Dakota - filed claim Nov. 20, 1904, and resided there for thirty-two (32) years. After all the birds left the nest, except Norman, we came to the South Dakota State Soldier's Home, Hot Springs, South Dakota in December 1938.

C. C. Nelson served in the South Dakota legislature in the House of Representatives for four sessions in the years 1927, 1932, 1935 and 1937.

From information furnished we are attaching family free. To date there are 18 Grandchildren and 17 Great-Grandchildren; 1 Grandchild deceased, Marjorie Goodman.


Edith Christina Larson was born February 8, 1883, on the family farm, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.

Lena Sophia (Rosander) Nelson died Thursday, April 21, 1892, at the family home, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, at age 32. Buried in Scandinavian Cemetery, Rockford, Winnebago Co. IL.


The Daily Register-Gazette, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, April 21, 1892

A Very Sudden Summons    

Mrs. Emil G. Nelson Passed Away This Afternoon    

Wife of the Well-Known Letter Carrier--Gave Birth to a Child a Week Ago--Was the Daughter of N. P. Rosander--A Hard Blow

Mrs. Emil G. Nelson, wife of the well-known letter carrier, died very suddenly and unexpectedly at her home at 1208 Second Avenue this afternoon at 1 o'clock. A week ago Wednesday she gave birth to a bouncing and healthy 11-pound boy and has been doing as well as could be expected since. She improved so rapidly that the physicians said she would be able to sit up Sunday. Shortly after noon today she was taken with pains in her side, and Dr. Cumings was hastily summoned. He arrived as soon as possible, but a glance convinced him that it was too late, and she died a few minutes later, although he did all in his power to save her. The deceased lady was born in Sweden in 1859, and is a daughter of N. P. Rosander, the well-known farmer who lives south of the city. She was married to Mr. Nelson 15 years ago, and her death will be a severe blow to the fond husband, and a great shock to her hundreds of friends.  Six children besides the bereaved father survive, the oldest of which is 13 years. Two of the boys are faithful Register-Gazette carriers. Mrs. Nelson was not a member of any church, but was a kind Christian lady. The funeral arrangements have not as yet been completed. ---------------------

Funeral of Mrs. Nelson

The funeral of Mrs. Emil Nelson, whose sudden death was announced in yesterday's paper, will take place at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon from the family residence, 1208 Second Avenue. The remains will be conveyed from the house to the Swedish M. E. church where a funeral sermon will be preached by Rev. M. Hess. The interment will take place at the Swedish cemetery.


The Daily Register-Gazette, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, April 22, 1892

Funeral of Mrs. Nelson

The funeral of Mrs. Emil Nelson, whose sudden death was announced in yesterday's paper, will take place at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon from the family residence, 1208 Second Avenue. The remains will be conveyed from the house to the Swedish M. E. church where a funeral sermon will be preached by Rev. M. Hess. The interment will take place at the Swedish cemetery.


The 1895 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 20, 1895, shows O. Larson is living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. There are 7 Males and 3 Females living in the household, with 8 having been born in the U. S. A., and 2 of Scandinavian birth.

Toward the end of the decade, Edith took a course in dressmaking with a Mrs. Hanson in Waupaca, and stayed with her while learning. Walter and I were now the only ones attending the Farmington school.


The Daily Register-Gazette, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, Monday, April 3, 1899

SOCIAL AND PERSONAL.

Clarence Nelson, a former employe of the Register-Gazette, and one of the members of the Third Illinois, leaves today for Waupaca, Wis., where he will engage in agricultural pursuits.


The Daily Register-Gazette, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, Friday, April 7, 1899

CITY BREVITIES.

Clarence Nelson, one of the returned soldiers, is at present working on a dairy farm near Waupaca, Wis., and is doing nicely. The farm is a large one and supplies the milk for the soldiers home there.


While Edith was in town, she met a young man who had just returned from the Spanish-American War – Clarence C. Nelson, from Rockford, Illinois. Clarence was working on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. John Erickson. He became very attentive, and they soon avowed to get married, although Edith was only 16 years old. Mother and Dad were very opposed to an early marriage, but a proposition by Clarence’s uncle, Reverend Rosander, our minister, provided a resolution. He had a farm in Prentice, Wisconsin – about 75 miles from Waupaca – needed a couple to run the farm, and offered this opportunity to Clarence and Edith. On Easter Sunday, April 15, 1900, they were married in Salem Lutheran Church, with a reception at the house. I can well remember the day – great excitement - but some of the family still felt disturbed about the marriage. Fred chose not to attend the wedding, but Emily did.

Arthur was now ready for more advanced education, and wanted to take a course in agriculture. The University of Wisconsin offered a short, two-year course; in 1902, Arthur went to Madison for his first year. It was also that same year that Mother and Dad felt they could afford to move the original section of the house to another part of the place, and to have a new ell built on the dining room part. 

Again, Dad’s brother Gus was called on to help design and build the new addition – a parlor, living room, and bedroom downstairs; and three bedrooms upstairs – all with central heating. What a joy that was in the long, cold, winter days! I now had my own room, and Mother had braided the prettiest green and white rug for the floor, and dainty white ruffled curtains for the window. And how happy Mother was to have a pretty, larger bedroom, with double doors into the living room, and also a door to the dining room. The old bedroom off the dining room was made into a large pantry and storeroom. Over the winter, Mother had woven large rag rugs for both the living room and bedroom, and commercial carpet was laid on the parlor floor.

For several years, times had been quite good so, from the sale of potatoes and dairy products, the family finances had prospered. Not only was the new section of the house built, but also a large barn. In those days, one did mortgage one’s house, but only built as one could pay for the labor and materials.

When Edith and Clarence were married, Clarence’s sister Norma came from Rockford to be one of Edith’s bridesmaids. We all fell in love with Norma, and Arthur was really smitten. Norma was a school teacher in Rockford, and Arthur would go to Rockford from Madison whenever he could. At first, Norma did not encourage him, as she didn’t want to be a farmer’s wife. But Arthur persisted, and on April 6, 1904, they were married in Rockford. (By this time, Clarence and Edith had moved to Rockford.) Arthur finished his two-year course at Madison, and was now ready to “go to farming.”. He rented a small farm about 1 1/2 miles from the home place, and it was there that he and Norma settled for a time.

Soldiers Who Served in Volunteer Organizations During the Spanish-American War, compiled 1899 - 1927, documenting the period 1898 - 1903.


State: Illinois, Given Name: Clarence C., Surname: Nelson, Company: K, Regiment: 3 Illinois Infantry, Enlistment Rank: Pvt, Discharge Rank: Pvt.


Edith Larson at age 16 - Waupaca, WI, 1899


 Clarence Cornelius Nelson and Edith Christina Larson Marriage Announcement, Waupaca Co., WI, April, 1900.


Clarence Cornelius Nelson (age 21), a bachelor, and Edith Christina Larson (age 17), a maiden, were married Easter Sunday, April 15, 1900, at the Salem Lutheran Church, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.


 Clarence Cornelius Nelson and Edith Christina Larson Wedding Certificate, Waupaca Co., WI, April 15, 1900.


   

Clarence Cornelius Nelson and Edith Christina Larson wedding - Waupaca Co., WI, April 15, 1900


 Clarence Cornelius Nelson and Edith Christina Larson wedding - Waupaca Co., WI, April 15, 1900


The Rockford Republic, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, April 17, 1900

A WEDDING RECEPTION

FOR MR. AND MRS. CLARENCE NELSON TONIGHT.

Mr. and Mrs. Emil Nelson will entertain this evening at their home on Second Avenue for their son, Clarence Nelson and his bride of a few days, who came here yesterday on their wedding tour. The reception will be attended by about forth friends and relatives and the young couple will be given a royal welcome to this city. The couple were married at Waupaca, Wis., Easter Sunday, Rev. C. A. Rosander, a former Rockford minister, and an uncle of the groom, performing the ceremony. The bride of the Rockford boy was Miss Edith Larson, a well known young lady of that city, possessed of many attractive characteristics and accomplishments. The couple arrived in this city yesterday with Mr. Rosander and Miss Norma Nelson, a sister of the groom, and the reception this evening will give the friends of the groom the opportunity of again meeting him and his young bride. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson return to their home in Prentice next Friday, where they will go to housekeeping at once. Mr. Nelson will work his uncle's farm at that place.


The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 13, 1900, shows Clarence Nelson (age 21) born January, 1879, in Illinois to Sweden-born parents, is living in Ogema Twp., Price Co., WI. Living with him is his wife of less than one year, Christina Nelson (age 17) born February, 1883, in Wisconsin to Swedenh-born parents.


The Rockford Republic, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, Wednesday, April 10, 1901

ROCKFORD RUMORS.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Nelson have moved to the Rosander farm south of town.


Myrtle Katherine Nelson was born August 29, 1901, in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL.

Hazel Marguerite Nelson was born October 30, 1902, in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL.


The Rockford Republic, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, Wednesday, November 30, 1904

HAS CLAIM AT ROSEBUD

Clarence Nelson of This City Has Taken Up 160 Acres in South Dakota Near Lyman County - Is Now in the City but Will Return There to Live - Says Indians Have Burned Grass from Prairie.

Clarence Nelson of 1401 Cosper Avenue has returned from South Dakota, where he has been the past week locating a claim on a quarter section of land close to the county line of Lyman County. He says it is rich soil and that the piece lays in a place where it is of considerable value. Nelson went to the reservation about a week ago and after getting a map of the ground that is being distributed by the government he got an official to go with him in search of a good quarter section. The place he picked out he thinks is about the best of what is left, all things considered. He says there is plenty of good land left and that it is practically an easy matter to establish a claim. The reports sent out from that country, he says, are mostly untrue and are made by those who have a reason for keeping as many as possible from the reservation. The land which is left can be secured at three dollars an acre instead of four as has been stated. It is not necessary to live on it five years as many suppose. The government will furnish a clear title in fourteen months after a claim is first taken out. They allow six months for those who take the property to occupy the tract and this leaves only eight months during which time the claim taker must reside on the land. Nelson will remain in this city the greater part of the six months and then will move to the land, where he will reside the required eight months. Nelson said he ran across many queer things while in the west. He said the prairie has been fire swept by the treacherous Indians who were seeking revenge on the whites who had killed a cattle thief by the name of Jack Sully, who had an Indian squaw as a wife. Sully had driven herds of cattle to Missouri and had committed other such depredations. The whites organized and killed him. This raised the ire of the Indians and they started the prairie fires, which swept the entire reservation. On the claims where those who firstruched to the reservation have squatted there are numerous shacks and hovels. Some are made of sod, others of rough boards and still others of logs. Along the streams where there is some timber several log cabins have been erected. Nelson said those who take tracts now have only to fear gumbo and alkali, which they can avoid if they keep careful watch of the land.


Accession/Serial #: 100677   BLM Serial #: SDGGY 0000512
 
 
Names
Patentee: CLARENCE C NELSON
 
Survey
State: SOUTH DAKOTA
Acres: 161.54
Metes/Bounds: No
Title Transfer
Issue Date: 1/6/1910
Land Office: Gregory
Cancelled: No
U.S. Reservations: No
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
 
Document Numbers
Document Nr.: 0512
Accession/Serial Nr.: 100677
BLM Serial Nr.: SDGGY 0000512

 
Aliquot
Parts
Sec./
Block
Township Range Fract.
Section
Meridian State Counties Survey
Nr.

S½NE  12/  100-N  73-W  No  5th PM  SD  Gregory   
NWSE  12/  100-N  73-W  No  5th PM  SD  Gregory   
12/  100-N  73-W  No  5th PM  SD  Gregory   
Remarks: LOT 1 OR NENE QUARTER
12/  100-N  73-W  No  5th PM  SD  Gregory   
Remarks: LOT 2 OR NWNE QUARTER

120 Acres; 20.81 Acres and 20.73 Acres.


Paul Emil Nelson was born January 26, 1905, in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL.

The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1905, shows Olaus Larson (age 54) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents, is a married Farmer, and who owns his farm free of a mortgage, and is living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him are: his wife, Katharine O. Larson (age 57) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents; his unmarried daughter, Edith C. Larson (age 22), born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents, who Does Housekeeping; his unmarried son, Elmer Larson (age 19) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents, a Farm Laborer; his unmarried son, Walter E. Larson (age 17) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents, a Farm Laborer; his daughter, Freeda M. Larson (age 13) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents; his granddaughter, Myrtle Larson (age 3) born in Illinois to Illinois and Wisconsin-born parents; his granddaughter, Hazel Larson (age 2) born in Illinois to Illinois and Wisconsin-born parents; and his grandson, Paul E. Larson (age 4/12) born in Illinois to Illinois and Wisconsin-born parents.

Fern Emily Rosebud Nelson was born October 28, 1907, in Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD.

Olive Sophia Nelson was born March 8, 1910, in Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on May 3, 1910, shows Clarence C. Nelson (age 31) born in Illinois to Swedish-born parents is a general farmer owning his farm in Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD and has been married 10 years. Living with him is his wife, Edith C. Nelson (age 27) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents, and has all five of the children born to her still alive. Also living there are their children: Myrtle C. Nelson (age 8) born in Illinois; Hazel M. Nelson (age 7) born in Illinois; Paul E. Nelson (age 5) born in Illinois; Fern E. Nelson (age 2) born in South Dakota; and Olive S. Nelson (age 1/12) born in South Dakota.

Laurel Victoria Nelson was born December 9, 1911, in Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD.


The Nelson siblings, Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD, 1914.


Laurel Nelson, Wilbur Larson and Olive Nelson, at the Larson farm, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, about 1915.


Walter Rosander Nelson was born May 22, 1915, in Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD.


 Edith, Hazel, Paul and Myrtle Nelson, Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD, 1916.


 Back row: Paul, Hazel, Myrtle, Edith and Clarence; Front row: Fern, Olive, Laurel and Walter - Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD, 1917.


Violet Theodora Nelson was born May 9, 1918, in Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD.

Norman Norris Nelson was born December 14, 1919, in Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 13, 1920, shows Clarence C. Nelson (age 41) born in Illinois to Swedish-born parents is a Farmer owning his own farm and living in Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD. Living with him is his wife Edith C. Nelson (age 36) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents. Living with them are their nine unmarried children, born to Illinois and Wisconsin-born parents: Myrtle K. Nelson (age 18) born in Illinois who is a Rural School Teacher; Hazel M. Nelson (age 17) born in Illinois; Paul E. Nelson (age 14) born in Illinois; Fern E. R. Nelson (age 12) born in South Dakota; Laurel V. Nelson (age 9) born in South Dakota; Walter R. Nelson (age 4-7/12) born in South Dakota; Violet T. Nelson (age 1-7/12) born in South Dakota; and Norman N. Nelson (age 1/12) born in South Dakota. Note: Clarence C. Nelson was the Census Enumerator.


The six Nelson sisters, South Dakota, 1928


The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 2, 1930, shows Clarence C. Nelson (age 51) born in Illinois to Swedish-born parents and first married at age 21 is a Farmer owning his own farm and living in Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD. Living with him is his wife Edith C. Nelson (age 36) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents and first married at age 17. Living with them are six of their children, all unmarried and born in South Dakota to Illinois and Wisconsin-born parents: Fern E. R. Nelson (age 22) who is a Rural School Teacher; Olive S. Nelson (age 20) who is a Rural School Teacher; Laurel V. Nelson (age 18); Walter R. Nelson (age 14); Violet T. Nelson (age 11); and Norman N. Nelson (age 10). Note: Clarence C. Nelson was the Census Enumerator.


The Clarence and Edith Nelson family, about 1935


Clarence Cornelius Nelson and his father, Emil Gustav Nelson, 1932.


The School Census Reports of students at La Pointe School, Gregory Co., SD, are available on-line at Familysearch.com.


A typical School Census of students at La Pointe School, Gregory Co., SD.


Emil Gustav Nelson died August, 1935, at the Chamberlain Sanitarium, Chamberlain, Brule Co., SD, at age 78. Buried in IOOF Cemetery, Gregory, Gregory Co., SD.


The Gregory Times Advocate, Gregory, SD, August 22, 1935

Another Early Pioneer Answers Final Summons

Another of the early pioneers of the county passed to his reward Tuesday night at the Chamberlain sanitarium when the Angel of Death summoned Emil Gustaf Nelson. Mr. Nelson had been in failing health for some time, and about a week before his death he was taken to the Chamberlain sanitarium in the hopes that he would recover, but he gradually failed and passed away Tuesday night at the age of 78 years. Funeral services will be held from the Methodist Church in Gregory on Friday afternoon at two o'clock and interment will be made in the IOOF cemetery. Mr. Nelson always took an active part in community affairs. He kept himself well informed on public matters and was always willing to aid where help was needed. He had lived a good life, the community was better because of his influence and he was highly respected by all who knew him. He was a member for 52 years of the IOOF Lodge, Tegner chapter, No. 799 of Rockford, Ill. He leaves to mourn his death his devoted widow, five sons, C. C. Nelson of Dixon, Theodore of Iona, Morris B. of Rock Island, Ill [Transcriber note: The word Island has been scribbled out with an ink pen.]; Theron of Luddington, Mich.; and Loyal of Green Bay, Wisc; eighteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, one brother, C. W. Nelson of Laurens, Iowa, and one sister, Mrs. Augusta Olson of Alta, Iowa. One daughter, Mrs. Norma B. Larson, preceded him in death. The basis for the sermon delivered at Emil's funeral by the Rev. Chaffee was an article written by Emil a short time before his death in which he expressed his views regarding religion and its practical use in bringing about better social conditions.


The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 2, 1940, shows Clarence C. Nelson (age 61) born in Illinois, and 5 years ago was living in Dixon, Gregory Co., SD, and with 8 years of School, is a married Inmate at the State Soldiers Home, City of Hot Springs, Fall River Co., SD.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 10, 1940, shows Edyth C. Nelson (age 57) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in Dixon, Gregory Co., SD, and with 8 years of School, is a married Head of Household who owns her home worth $800 and is living on Hampton Road, 3rd Ward, City of Hot Springs, Fall River Co., SD. Living with her are: her unmarried daughter, Violet T. Nelson (age 22) born in South Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in Dixon, Gregory Co., SD, and with 4 years of High School, who does Housework in a Private Home; and her unmarried son, Norman N. Nelson (age 20) born in South Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in Dixon, Gregory Co., SD, and with 4 years of High School, a W. P. M. Laborer.

The 1945 South Dakota State Census  U. S. Census taken in 1945 shows Edith C. Nelson (age 62) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents is a Lutheran Housewife with an 8th Grade education, and who owns her own home, is living in the 3rd Ward, Hot Springs, Township 7, Fall River Co., SD.

The 1945 South Dakota State Census  U. S. Census taken in 1945 shows C. C. Nelson (age 66) born in Illinois to Swedish-born parents is a Protestant Disabled Vet with an 8th Grade education, and who owns his own home, and who served in the Spanish War in Illinois Company K, Regiment 3, Volunteers, is living in the 3rd Ward, Hot Springs, Township 7, Fall River Co., SD.


 Clarence Cornelius Nelson and Edith Christina (Larson) Nelson at their home, Hot Springs, Fall River Co., SD, about 1960.


Back Row: Almo, Edith, Arthur; Front Row: Cora Johnson, Vonita, Velma, at the Almo Larson farm, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., W, in 1961. This was the last time siblings Almo, Edith and Arthur, were together.


Clarence Cornelius Nelson and Edith Christina (Larson) Nelson's 65th wedding anniversary, April 15, 1965, Hot Springs, Fall River Co., SD.


Clarence Cornelius Nelson died May 28, 1967, at a local hospital, Hot Springs, Fall River Co., SD, at age 88. Buried in State Veterans Home Cemetery, Hot Springs, Fall River Co., SD.


The Rapid City Journal, Rapid City, Pennington Co., SD, Monday, May 29, 1967

Clarence Nelson Dies; Rites Pend

HOT SPRINGS - Funeral services for Clarence C. Nelson are pending here. Nelson was born Jan. 1, 1879, in Rockford, Ill. He died Sunday in a local hospital. A Spanish-American War veteran, he enlisted at Rockford on June 14, 1898, and served with the 3rd Illinois Infantry. He was discharged in 1899. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Edith Nelson of the State Veterans Home.


The Rapid City Journal, Rapid City, Pennington Co., SD, Tuesday, May 30, 1967

Clarence Nelson Last Rites Wednesday

HOT SPRINGS - Funeral services for Clarence C. Nelson will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the State Veterans Home Auditorium here. Burial will be in the State Veterans Home Cemetery under direction of  McColley's Chapel of the Hills. Nelson died Thursday in a local hospital. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Edith Nelson of the State Veterans Home, and one daughter, Mrs. John Granberg of Hot Springs.


Edith Christina (Larson) Nelson died November 5, 1971, at the State Veteran's Home Infirmary, Hot Springs, Fall River Co., SD, at age 88. Buried in State Veterans Home Cemetery, Hot Springs, Fall River Co., SD.


The Rapid City Journal, Rapid City, Pennington Co., SD, Sunday, November 7, 1971

Edith Nelson

HOT SPRINGS - Funeral services for Edith Nelson, who died Friday at the State Veterans Home, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at McColley's Chapel of the Hills with David Leonhardt, Whitewood, and John Beth, Chadron, Neb., officiating. Burial will be in the State Veterans Home Cemetery. Edith C. Larson Nelson was born Feb. 8, 1883, at Waupaca, Wis. She married Clarence Nelson April 15, 1900, at Rockford, Ill., where they lived until 1905, when then homesteaded near Dixon. They came to Hot Springs in 1938. Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. John (Myrtle) Granberg, Indio, Calif., Mrs. Robert (Hazel) Farring, Prineville, Ore., Mrs. Verdus (Fern) Peterson, Vancouver, Wash., Mrs. Leroy (Olive) Lull, Beulah, Wyo., Miss Laurel Nelson, Baraboo, Wis., and Mrs. Howard (Violet) Peterson, Iwaco, Wash.; three sons, Paul, Lincoln, Neb., Walter, Salem, Ore., and Norman, Alegrete, Brazil; one sister, Mrs. Robert (Frieda) Lewis, Silver Springs, Md.; 17 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. Her husband died in May, 1967. A memorial has been established to the Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service with McColley's in charge.


STATE VETERANS' HOME CEMETERY

This cemetery was recorded by Dorothea Rohlck, Virginia Lautenschlager, Andrea Martin, Robin Dustman, Trayce Dinkel and Judith Van Dewater of Hot Springs, South Dakota with assistance of the Black Hills Chapter DAR in 1992. It has been re-keyed by Judy Huber and published by the South Dakota Genealogical Society.

In the introduction to this cemetery in the published book on "Cemetery Records of Fall River County, South Dakota" Dorothea writes the following introduction:

"This cemetery is located behind (to the west of) the South Dakota State Veterans' Home which is on the west side of Hot Springs. From a brochure we quote:

"The Grand Army of the Republic asked the Dakota Territorial Legislature to create a home for veterans, and in 1889 the Dakota Soldiers' Home was established in Hot Springs. Its name was changed to the South Dakota State Veterans' Home in 1967. It services . . .  have continued uninterrupted for more than one hundred years."

"To reach the cemetery go west on University Avenue (Business Highway 18) to 23rd Street, turn north for 4 blocks to Wilson Avenue, then turn west 1 block and then north a short block to Ely Avenue. Turn west and follow the road up the hill about a half of a mile. The location in the pine-covered hills is a peaceful and isolated spot.

"The cemetery is fenced. The  main gate on the east is usually locked but a side gate on the south is open. There is a monument in the center dated 1915. The rows are numbered beginning at the east gate. Rows numbered 1-4-5-8-9-12-13-16 are on the north side and rows numbered 2-3-6-7-10-11-14-15 are on the south side as far back as the monument. Behind the monument each row goes across the entire width of the cemetery. They are numbered 17-18-19-20 and 21.

"Grave numbers in each row begin on the north end. Locations will be a row number and a grave number. The earliest burials began in the year 1894 and continue to the present time.

"Information was also found at he courthouse in the Register of Deeds office. The County Veterans Service Officer gave assistance initially with a computer printout of all the names. Names of states are given according to Zip Code usage by the U.S. Post Office. Other military abbreviations are standard usage.

"A number of wives are buried in the cemetery with their husbands. (Judy Huber's note: A number of wives of men buried in the National Cemetery in Hot Springs are buried here as the National Cemetery would not accept women at that time.)"

LAST NAME     FIRST NAME          SEX  BORN          DIED            ROW    GRAVE    VET   NOTES
Nelson        Clarence C.          M 01 Jan 1879   28 May 1967      6       40     SAW   S.D.  Pvt.  Co. K  3 Reg.  Il  Inf.
Nelson        Edith                M 08 Feb 1883   05 Nov 1971      6       39


South Dakota Legislature: Clarence C. Nelson

Gender Birthdate Deathdate Type Remarks
Male 1-01-1879   Statehood  

Years of Service

Party Address County Body Years
Democrat Dixon Gregory H 1927-1928
      H 1933-1938
  Total Years 8