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Nelson, Halver 1825-1897


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 9/6/2009 at 06:58:47

Halver Nelson Dead.
On January 20, 1897, occured the death of Halver Nelson at his home near Gilroy, California. The remains were brought to his old home for interment and were placed at rest in the Clermont Lutheran church cemetery, in Marion township, Clayton county, Iowa.

Halver Nelson was born at Hallingdale, Norway, September 12, 1825, and was therefore seventy years, one month and twenty days old at the time of his death. In 1846 he came to America and settled in Rock County, Wis. In 1849 Mr. Nelson emigrated to Grand Meadow township Clayton county, Iowa, where he lived until 1892 when on account of ill health he was obligated to seek the milder climate of California.

In 1855 he was united in marriage with Miss Caroline Peterson. Seven children blessed this union, only two of whom are now living, Peter and Henry, the other five and the mother having preceeded the father to the grave. In December, 1892, Mr. Nelson was again united in marriage. This time to Mrs. Matilda Anderson, who with the two sons of the first wife, several grandchildren and hosts of old and true friends are left to mourn his demise.

Mr. Nelson was a man of sterling qualities who improved on long acquaintance. He was honest, industrious and frugel in his habits; as a father he was loving and indulgent and as a friend and associate he was true and always to be relied upon for incouragement and substantial help where assistance was merited. Living as he did for almost half a century in one locality he acquired a large number of acquaintances all of whom held him in the highest esteem and respect.

In later years time dealt with Mr. Nelson, as time does deal with all organisms and he became feeble in body from old age, but his mind, never effected, was as tenacious of life as when in early manhood he had looked forward to a future with expectations of sorrows and hardships to be counter balanced by satisfactions and joys; thus finding body on the decline and hoping to preserve it and prolong this life a few years he removed to California. The alloted time of man, however, is three score years and ten, and Mr. Nelson though exceptional in many respects, could not and did not break the longevical law of man's time in recording nature's eyeles. He died beloved and respected by all and the memory of him and of his acts will always serve as a reforming and refining element in the advancement and betterment of posterity.

Card of Thanks
To all who so kindly comforted with their assistance and sympathy and attendance at the burial of our husband and father we hereby return heartfelt thanks and hope that in afflictions and berevements you may also be recipicals of comforting aid and sympathy in like measure.
Mrs. Mathilda Nelson
Peter Nelson
Henry H. Nelson
Mrs. Julia Nelson

~Elgin Echo, February 4, 1897


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