Clayton Nelson obituary
This community was shocked, Tuesday, when it became know that Clayton Nelson had met instant death while working in the woods at the Godfrey Carlson place about 5 miles south and west of Lyle. The tragedy occurred about 10 o'clock in the morning. Godfred and Edwin Carlson were cutting wood, and Clayton Nelson was driving the team, pulling the logs to the saw mill. He had loaded a log into the skid, but had not hitched the team to it. The men who were only a short distance away, noticed the team moving toward the barn, without the driver, and upon the investigation found Nelson under the log. Dr. Savre of Osage was summoned, and upon investigation found that Clayton's neck was broken.
It will probably never be known just how that accident happened, but it is assumed that since he was working on a side hill, the 16 foot log tripped him and rolled onto him.
Clayon Nelson, about 21 years of age, was a popular young man with many admirable traits of character. He was a member of the Lyle High school graduating class of 1931, a star basket and ball player, and during the last two years of his high school course was captain of the basket ball team. He had been working for Godfrey Carlson about four months.
He leaves to mourn his sudden demise, his mother, Mrs. Fred Nelson, one sister, (Grace) Mrs. Harlis Anderson, four brothers, Ernest of Albert Lea, Harlan in the C. C. C. service in Arizona and Morris and Vernon at home. His father passed away about seven months ago.