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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
John A. Nelson, Sr


John A. Nelson, Sr., of Cardston, is engaged in fruit farming near Nampa, Idaho. He was born in Farmington, Utah, on the 13th of September, 1854, a son of Robert and Maria (Josephs) Nelson, both natives of Scotland. Robert Nelson joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints in that country and subsequently came to the United States and emigrated to Utah. He located at Smithfield and there followed agricultural pursuits until his demise, at the age of eighty-three years. He was a devoted member of the church and was one of the prominent men in the community in which he resided. His wife also died in her eighty-third year. John A. Nelson, Sr., received his education in the schools of Smithfield, Utah, and subsequently bought land near that town, lie engaged in general farming there until 1890, when he came to Alberta and located near Cardston, and homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres, all of which was raw prairie land. He made the trip to Cardston in company with Mark Beezei', Don C. Hyde, Ezra and Hiram Hansen and J. W. Woolf. On the land homesteaded by Mr. Nelson there was a stone quarry and this quarry furnished the foundations for most of the buildings in Cardston, including the courthouse. He and John Turner constructed and used the first limekiln in this section of the country. In 1920 My. Nelson returned to Idaho and he is now a fruit farmer at Nampa. He is an active member of the church, to which he devotes a large part of his time, and he now holds the position of high priest.

To Mr. and Mrs. Nelson twelve children were born, two of whom died in infancy. The living children are: Maria, the wife of Alonzo Lamb of Woolford, a successful agriculturist; Ella, the wife of Joseph F. Allen of Nampa, Idaho, formerly of Caldwell, Alberta; Lileth, the wife of H. C. Smith of Salt Lake; Rachae], the wife of W. A. Woolford, a Prominent farmer near Woolford; John A., who is also a farmer near Woolford and who was for six years on a mission in the Samoa islands, three and one- half years of which time he was president of the mission; Seth H., a barrister practicing at Cardston; Cleveland and Lorenzo S., who are farming near Woolford; Hazel, who is the wife of Milton Burgess of Nampa, Idaho; and Darrell T., a farmer at Woolford.


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