Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 747-748 transcribed by Jenna Flood, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on January 19,2001.

Andrew Nelson

ANDREW NELSON, the present owner of the farm near Rosedale, has been connected with so many different enterprises, that it is difficult to know how to describe him, although he is at present a farmer. There is an old saying that "a rolling stone gathers no moss," but if Mr. Nelson will pardon our likening him to a stone, we should say that he has succeeded in gathering moss in his various experiences, and as a result he is able to enjoy his present rural life. There is a wonderful satisfaction in the thought that everything a man owns is the result of his own work and thought, and Mr. Nelson has reason to feel that satisfaction, as he has had no one to depend on for assistance, having made his own way in the world from the time he was eleven years old.

On the first day of the year 1858, in the country of Sweden, Andrew Nelson was born. He is the son of John Nelson and wife, both natives of Sweden, where they passed their entire lives. John Nelson was educated in the schools in his native town, and as a young man he was appointed to a government position. He was the father of four children, of whom Andrew is the third in order of birth.

Andrew Nelson was brought up in the town in which he was born, and he there attended the public schools, completing the course which was prescribed. At the age of eighteen, to avoid being drafted the army, he emigrated from his native land and came to the United States. He had not learned any trade, but he was industrious and ready to do anything to make a living. He came to Hannibal, Missouri, and gained employment with the ice plant there, and for a period of forty years he worked in different capacities for the city and for the ice plant referred to. In 1910, he had saved a nice little sum of money, the result of his economies during all these years, and he came to Wyandotte county, where he bought the farm on which he now lives, situated, at the edge of Rosedale. He had never done any farm work before, but he is possessed of a fair share of intelligence, and he is making a success of dairying.

In 1901 Mr. Nelson was united in marriage to Miss Anna Meyers, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and to the union three children have been born, - Frank, Josephine and Andrew, all of whom are at home on the farm, with their parents.

Mr. Nelson is a member of the Lutheran church, in which faith he was brought up. In all national politics he is a Republican, but in local affairs he is an independent voter, as he feels that it is of more importance to secure the right man for a certain office than it is for either party to predominate. During the short time that Mr. Nelson has been in Rosedale, he has become well and favorably known.

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