Notice in the 14 may 1924 Ida Grove newspaper:
LIVED 40 YEARS ON SAME FARM
Elias Nelson Dies Tuesday As Result of Worries Over Financial Affairs
The funeral of the late Elias Nelson will be held Thursday, 15 May 1924 at one oclock at the home of his son Eddie Nelson. In case the weather is suitable, the services will be held on the lawn in charge of Rev. F. O. Johnson of Kiron. Burial will be at Arthur cemetery.
The death of Mr. Nelson came as a shock to a large circle of acquaintences and took place Monday 12 may 1924 by his own hand. His son Verne found the body of his father suspended in the barn about noon after the elder man had been missing from the house about an hour. Mr. Nelson had brooded over the failure of one of the banks at Arthur in which he had deposited a large sum of money. The disappointment in the persons in whom he had placed his utmost confidence proved a greater shock than he could bear.
Elias Nelson was born 20 January 1850 in Skåne, Sweden and passed his 74th birthday during the past winter. He came to America when he was 23 years old in 1873 settling at Denison. He worked a while for William McHenry, the noted stock man and later on a farm near Marshalltown. He was married at Denison 8 May 1878 to Mary Nord, who was the companion of his joys and sorrows for almost half a century.
In 1882 they came to Ida county having purchased a farm of 160 acres in Hayes township the previous year at $12 per acre. In 1884 they settled on this farm and it remained their home for forty years. By dint of industry, good management and frugality, Mr. Nelson increased his holdings to 400 acres of splendid farm land.
To this union four children were born, Minnie Nelson, Eddie, Robert and Verne all of Ida county. There is one grandchild. He has one brother who lives in Ida county. His other brothers and sisters, all of whom lived in Sweden, have gone on before, to their last rest.
Mr. Nelsons greatest interest was in his children and his life was wrapped up in the thought of getting them started substantially in the farming and stock raising business. He was devoted to his family and a prominent figure in his neighborhood, being well known throughout the county.