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Clarence Cornelius Nelson was born January 1, 1879, in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, and died May 28, 1967, in 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 lan, Sweden, and Lena Sophia Svensson Rosander of Lemhult, Jonkopings, Stocken, Sweden.

Edith Christina Larson was born February 8, 1883, on the family farm in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, and died November 5, 1971, in 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, Torsas, Kalmar lan, Småland, Sweden, and Catarina Olivia Wilhelmina Larsdotter of Varna Parish, Ostergotland, Sweden.

Clarence Cornelius Nelson and Edith Christina Larson were married 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) after 1961 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.

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.

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 were married April 15, 1900, at the Salem Lutheran Church, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.


   

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 Swedish-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 Swedish-born parents.


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.


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

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.


Elm Grove, SD, 1914


Olive Nelson, Wilbur Larson and Laurel Nelson - Waupaca, WI, about 1914


 Edith, Hazel, Paul and Myrtle Nelson - Elm Grove, SD, 1916


 Back row: Paul, Hazel, Myrtle, Edith and Clarence; Front row: Fern, Olive, Laurel and Walter - Elm Grove, SD, 1919


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, 1928


The Clarence and Edith Nelson family


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 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.


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, in Hot Springs, Fall River Co., SD, at age 88. Buried in State Veterans Home Cemetery, Hot Springs, Fall River Co., SD.

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


Norman and Walter, 1973


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

Back Row: Almo, Edith, Arthur; Front Row: Cora Johnson, Vonita, Velma. Picture taken in Waupaca in 1961. This was the last time Almo, Edith and Arthur were together, since Almo died in 1962.