NELS P. SELDEN, merchant tailor, Belle Plaine, and a resident of this city since 1871, was born in the Province of Smoland, Sweden, Feb. 21, 1845. He learned the tailor's trade in his native country, serving a regular apprenticeship thereat, and in 1869 emigrated to America. He came to Iowa the same year, working at his trade in Cass County till 1871, when he came to Belle Plaine, where he worked at "jour" work till the summer of 1881, when he, in company with his brother, began business as merchant tailors. This connection continued till February, 1884, when he bought his brother's interest and continued the business alone for awhile. The firm is now N. P. Selden & Co.; they carry a well-stocked store in their line. Mr. Selden is master of his business, and they give employment to from ten to twelve skilled hands. He has won a high reputation for good fitting, honest work, and has built up an extensive and prosperous trade. His store is situated at the corner of First and Beech streets.
Mr. Selden was married at Belle Plaine, Aug. 18, 1872, to Miss Louisa A. Kletzing, daughter of Henry Kletzing. She was born in Montgomery County, Pa., and is of German parentage. They have been blest with six children, three sons and three daughters — Alma L., Bertha N., Centius N., Dudley E., Earle I. and Florence A. K. Mr. and Mrs Selden are devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics Mr. Selden affiliates with the Republican party. He has been a member of the Board of Education and has served as Director three years. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., Iowa Grand Lodge No. 33, and of the I. O. O. F., Belle Plaine Lodge No. 151.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 259.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.