Nelson is a native of Sweden who has labored diligently and wisely and is now
one of the prosperous landowners of Oneida township.
His success is due to his own efforts and good management, and in addition to
winning material prosperity he has gained the respect of his fellowmen. He was
born July 1, 1867, a son of Nels and Mary E. Nelson,
both likewise natives of Sweden, where they passed their entire lives.
Peter Nelson is one of a family of five children and
received his education in his native country. In 1891, when a young man, he
emigrated to the United States and made his way to this county, where he worked
as a hired hand upon farms for some time. He subsequently rented land for a
year, after which he bought eighty acres of land on section 32, Oneida
township, where he still resides. He has made a
number of improvements thereon and, as he follows practical methods, his labors
yield him a good return. He engages in general farming, raising a large number
of hogs annually, in addition to the cultivation of the fields, and he also has
Mr. Nelson was married in 1893 to Miss
Kersti Oleson, also a
native of Sweden, whence she came to this country in 1891. They have become the
parents of two children: Nels J., born June 24,
1897, who was graduated from the Cedar Rapids Business College on the 8th of
June, 1914; and Betty M., born April 24, 1901, now a student in the high school
in Delaware, Iowa.
The family are members of
the Swedish Lutheran church and their consistent Christian lives command for
them the respect of all who know them. Mr. Nelson is a republican and takes an
active part in local affairs. He is school director and for two years has been a
member of the central committee of his party. He has never had occasion to
regret his coming to this country, as he has found here opportunities which he
has utilized and which have enabled him to attain success, and he has thoroughly
identified himself with the life and advancement of his community.