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Bertha "Betsey" Brown Nelson 1846-1913


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 11/20/2010 at 21:57:14

Mrs. Peter C. Nelson Dies Suddenly
Stricken With Heart Failure Thursday Night at Ten O’clock
Resided in County 30 Years
Funeral Held From Norwegian Lutheran Church Monday Afternoon. All Children Present

The community was shocked to learn of the death of Mrs. Peter C. Nelson of the west side, which occurred at ten o’clock Thursday night September 11, of heart failure. She had been subject to attacks of this kind for a number of years past and physicians had informed the family that they would sooner or later prove fatal. Aside from this ailment Mrs. Nelson was in comparatively good health for one of her age. Even that day she had walked over to the M. and St. L. depot to accompany her daughter, Mrs. Iverson, who was leaving for her home at Fargo, North Dakota.

Funeral was held from the Norwegian Lutheran church at two o’clock Monday afternoon conducted by her pastor, Rev. Akre. Interment was made in Oak Hill cemetery. All of the children were in attendance at the funeral as well as a large concourse of people to pay their last tribute to a noble woman.

Bertha Brown was born in Voss, Norway, November 17, 1846. In 1862 she came to this country and settled at Spring Prairie, Wisconsin. Five years later she was united in marriage to Mr. Peter C. Nelson. Six children blessed this union, four daughters and two sons, viz: Mrs. I. J. Iverson, Fargo, North Dakota, Mrs. C. F. Weckel, Fruita, Colorado, Mrs. Nellie Nass, Estherville, Mrs. A. E. Ogren, Germania, Iowa, Mr. Nordal Nelson, Mason City and Mr. Edward M. Nelson of Estherville.

Soon after her marriage she and her husband moved to Minnesota, locating near Rochester and a few years later going to Blue Earth where they lived until coming to this county about thirty years ago, where they have since resided, part of the time on a farm near Estherville but of recent years in the city having a home on the west side.

Deceased was a noble and tenderhearted old lady and to know her was to admire her for her lovable disposition. She was a very devoted mother and wife and one of the very best of neighbors. Hosts of friends extend heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved husband and children. Besides the children and husband there are left to mourn her death, two sister Mrs. O. B. Thompson of Minneapolis and Mrs. I. S. Ringham of Hopkins, Minnesota both of whom and their husbands were at the funeral. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, September 17, 1913)

Death Was Sudden
Mrs. Peter Nelson Stricken With Heart Disease Thursday Night
Was an Old Resident Here
She Had Been Subject to Heart Trouble for Many Years, so Death Was Not Entirely Unexpected

Mrs. Peter C. Nelson passed from this life suddenly last Thursday night at ten o’clock and this world has lost another of those good old mothers that are so sadly missed by relatives and friends. Mrs. Nelson was a woman who seemed in the best of health when the writer last saw her only a day before her death and the news of her death was a shock to the community, and especially to her near neighbors. She was one of those homeloving women whose life is live for, and bound up in her children. One by one she has seen them grow up and go away to form new homes for themselves, and although she sadly missed them hers was a spirit that kept up and she never murmured. And as the months go by her absence will be more and more keenly felt by those who mourn, by those children and grandchildren who have been wont to make frequent visits to old home and mother. But she is gone from here, called to a higher place where we believe a devine providence has provided a place for such mothers.

Bertha Brown Nelson was born at Voss, Norway, Nov. 17th, 1846 and came to this country and settled at Spring Prairie, Minn. in 1862. Was united in marriage to Peter C. Nelson in the fall of 1867. Removed to this city in 1883 where she has since made her home. Besides her husband she leaves six children, four girls and two boys to mourn her demise. Her children are Mrs. I. J. Iverson of Fargo, N. Dak., Mrs. Chas Weckel of Fruita, Colo., Mrs. Nellie Nass of this city, Mrs. A. E. Ogren of Germania, Nordal Nelson of Mason City and Edward Nelson of Estherville. Besides her immediate family she leaves two sisters, Mr. O. B. Thompson of Minneapolis, Minn., and Mrs. I. S. Ringham of Hopkins, Minn., all of whom were present at the funeral together with the husbands of both sisters and two of the daughters, Mr. O. B. Thompson, Mr. I. S. Ringham, Mr. I. J. Iverson and Mr. A. E. Ogren. Other relatives present were Mrs. Chris Jacobson of Minneapolis, Mr. and Mrs. Elling Nelson of Detroit, Minn., and Mrs. A. C. Anderson of Mason City.

Funeral obsequies were held from the Norwegian Lutheran church, Rev. J. J. Akre conducting the services. Burial was made in Oak Hill cemetery. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, September 17, 1913)

Death’s Sudden Call
Mrs. Peter C. Nelson Answers the Final Summons
Attack of Heart Failure
Retired About Eight O’clock in Apparent Good Health; in Two Hours Was a Corpse

Mrs. Peter C. Nelson answered the final call of her Lord and Master on Thursday evening, Sept. 11th at about 10:00 o’clock, the cause of death being an acute attack of heart failure, a disease with which she had been afflicted for many years. She retired about 8:00 o’clock in apparent good health, but arose in about an hour and complained of being ill. The family physician was called in, but his efforts were in vain, for her work upon earth was done and she was called into her heavenly home.

Deceased was a native of Voss, Norway, where she was born Nov. 17, 1846. Her maiden name was Bertha Brown. She came with her parents to this country in 1862 and located at Spring Prairie, Wis. In the fall of 1867, shortly after the close of the bloody scrimmage that separated the north and south, she became the bride of Peter C. Nelson. To this union were born six children, four daughters and two sons, all of whom were able to be at the funeral. The children are: Mrs. I. J. Iverson, of Fargo, N. Dak.; Mrs. C. F. Weckel, of Fruita, Colo.; Mrs. Nellie Nass, of this city; Mrs. A. E. Ogren, of Germania, Iowa; Nordal Nelson, of Mason City, Iowa, and Edward M. Nelson of this city. They, with the aged husband and father, are left to mourn the loss of a loving, unselfish wife and mother, and her place will never be filled in this world. She has gone on to the spirit land, where partings will be no more and where heartaches are unknown.

Deceased came to Estherville some thirty years ago, and has since made this her home. She was of a pleasant, sunshiny disposition and scattered comfort and cheer all about her, thus having a host o friends who will truly mourn her demise, and join us in extending sympathy to the bereaved ones in the great affliction that has befallen them.

Funeral services were held at the Norwegian Lutheran church yesterday (Monday) afternoon at 2:00 o’clock amid a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends, by the Rev. Akre, after which the remains were laid to their long rest in beautiful Oak Hill cemetery.

Those present from out of the city at the funeral obsequies were: Mr. and Mrs. Elling Nelson, of Detroit, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Thompson and daughter, Mrs. Chris Jacobson, of Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. I. S. Ringham, of Hopkins, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Ogren of Germania, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Nordal Nelson, of Mason City, Iowa; Mrs. A. C. Anderson, of Mason City, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Ever Iverson, of Fargo, N. Dak., and Mrs. C. F Weckel, of Fruita, Colo. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, September 16, 1913)


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