Cottonwood County MN Biographies--John Nelson
The subject of this sketch is a native of Norway and comes of a hardy stock of Norwegian ancestry. He was born in Norway, August 22, 1870, a son of Nels P. and Anna (Johnson) Nevermo, both natives of Norway. The father of the subject of this sketch was a lumberman in his native country. He came to America in 1888, landing in Quebec. Following in the footsteps of others of his countrymen, he went to Minnesota. He left Norway on May 17, 1888, and June 9, of that year he arrived in Windom, Cottonwood county, Minnesota, where he decided to locate. He worked at the carpentering trade in Windom and continued to make this his home. He was identified with the Norwegian Lutheran church at this place. There were eight children in this family. Peter, John, Bertha, Marie, Edward, Georgia, Christine and Nickoli.

John Nelson received his education in the public schools of Norway, He came to this country with his parents, in 1888, and made his home with them in Windom. He worked on the railroad for about four years. In 1896 he engaged in the grain business, and continued in this business for four years in Windom. In 1900 he came to Bingham Lake and for the first year after coming to this place was manager of the citizens' elevator. For the last fifteen years he has been manager of the St. John elevator.

Mr. Nelson has been twice married. His first wife was Sophia Olsen. She was the mother of two children: Arthur and Oscar. His second marriage was to Anna Flyum, who was the mother of six children: Milo, Olga, Alvin, Effie, Norman and Edna.

Mr. and Mrs. Nelson are members of the Lutheran church at Windom. He is an independent in politics.