Nels Nelson obituary

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Saturday, December 1, 1923
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Nels O. Nelson was born in Alamakee County, Iowa, the 12th of May, 1863. There he attended the public and parochial schools and grew to manhood. There he also found his helpmate, Miss Ingeborg Olson, to whom he was united in marriage in 1894. They moved to Winnebago County, Ia., but four years later came to Mower County, Minnesota and settled on a farm west of Lyle. Here they labored together faithfully until three years ago when they moved into Lyle. While Mr. Nelson was busily engaged in building up a home for himself and family he did not forget that which is most essential. He knew that man doth not live by bread alone but by every work that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. He was therefore vitally interested in the church and lent his influence and means toward its growth and stability. Thus he joined with his family the Mona church after coming to Mower County, and when the congregation in Lyle was organized he transferred to this congregation and helped strengthen the church here.

Mr. Nelson had been in poor health for quite a number of years. He sustained a light stroke a year ago last Thanksgiving day. About two months ago he suffered another stroke. After that he has been confined to bed nearly all the time. The last week or two he seemed to gain and we had hopes that he would recover, but Saturday evening, December 1st he was suddenly called away. Thus we are again reminded of the necessity of heeding the Lord's word when he says, "Watch, for ye know not the day, nor the hour."

Mr. Nelson is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nelson, three daughters, Mrs. Lafayette Olson, Alma and Clara Nelson, one son Olven Nelson; also one brother Thomas Nelson and one sister Mrs. Ole Haas.

Those who attended the funeral from away were: T. O. Nelson and family and Mrs. O. Johnson of Scarville, Ia., Herman and Louis Olson, Olgar Haas and Oscar Thompson of Waukon, Ia., Mike Halvorsen and family of Thompson, Ia., Mr. and Mrs. T. Hermanson and Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Hanson of Northwood, Ia, Mr. and Mrs. I. B. Gervig and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Rustad of Lake Mills, Ia.-- Contributed.