ANDREW H. NELSON
(picture) born 11 Oct 1846 -- died abt 26
Jan 1924 -- Kiron News Clipping
It is with sadness that we chronicle the death of one of the beloved and respected Kiron pioneer citizens, that of Andrew H. Nelson, who passed away early Saturday morning at his home northwest of town.
Andrew H. Nelson was born in Christianstaid, Skane, Sweden, 11 Oct 1846, therefore had attained the age, 77 years, 3 months 15 days at the time of his death. In 1873, learning of the advantages of America, he left his native land and came to the land of great opportunities. He located first at Moline, Ill, two years later coming here and settling on the homestead. He was united in marriage to Ingrid Mortenson, in 1875, who with their only child, C. W. Nelson, and his wife and three children are the immediate relatives left to mourn the passing of a kind, faithful, loving and lovable member from their household.
Mr. Nelson was a neighbor, friend and citizen that the community was proud to know and to honor and the community as a a whole feel the death of this aged Christian gentleman and would extend sympathy to the sorrowing ones. As one little girl said, when she heard of the death, "Oh that's that smiley looking grandpa." which is a tribute when a little child, practically a stranger notices the smiling radiant face of an aged man.
Mr. Nelson was a long time member of the Bethel Lutheran church, actively supporting it in all its branches, having at times been deacon and trustee. He always discharged his duties in a business like Christian way and was often sent as a delegate to the various church meetings because of his abilities. Not long before his death he expressed the sentiment that he was prepared and willing to go to be with his Redeemer.
While Mr. Nelson's death was a great shock to the public, as but few knew his health was greatly impaired, he had been under a physician's care and the family knew his heart was not strong and the end might be near, during the last few days. He was in town for some time Wednesday afternoon. During the following night he suffered a very bad attack of heart trouble and was confined to his bed the rest of the time until death came almost unpreceptibly at about 4 o'clock Saturday morning. He died as he had lived a beautiful quiet death following a beautiful quietly useful life.
The funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon, after a short at the house, the body was taken to the Bethel Lutheran church where a very large number of friends, neighbors and associates gathered to pay their last respect to one beloved and to comfort and sympathize in that way with those bereaved. The services were conducted by friend and pastor, Rev. E. Glad. The floral offering was large and beautiful.
The honorary pall bearers were friends of many years: S. N. Sandstorm, Aug. Lundell, P. G. Lundell, John P. Ogren, J. G. Anderson, S. E. Cronquist.
The active pall bearers were trustees of the church, M. A. Sandstrom, Harry Reed, Swan Johnson, Martin Peterson, Enoch Anderson, Ivar Sundell Interment was made in the Bethel cemetery.