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Charles H. Nelson
Born July 24, 1883
Farming claims the attention of Charles H. Nelson, who operates one hundred and sixty acres in Scotch Grove township, which was inherited by him and his sister from the father's estate. Mr. Nelson was born on this farm, July 24, 1883, the only son of the marriage of Mathew J. and Ellen (Overly) Nelson. The father was born in Pennsylvania and coming to Jones county as a young man, he was married here to Miss Overly, who was born in Scotch Grove township. Soon thereafter Mr. Nelson purchased the farm of one hundred and sixty acres, on which our subject now resides. He carefully tilled the soil and made farming his life work, being thus engaged up to the time of his death, which occurred in March, 1901. His wife, however, died many years before, her death occurring when the son was but seven months old. Mr. Nelson was a republican in his political views but was never active in the work of the party, his farm work and the care of his family fully claiming his time and attention. He was a man of kindly purposes, of strict integrity and of genial nature and during his long residence in Scotch Grove township he was looked upon as one of its most prosperous and highly respected citizens. Beside our subject there was left to mourn his loss one daughter, Ella May, the wife of R. P. Clark, of Scotch Grove township.
Charles H. Nelson was reared under the parental roof and was given the advantages of a good common-school education. He was but eighteen years of age at the time of his father's death and he had been bereft of a mother's love and care from his infancy. Being thrown upon his own responsibility at an early age, the strongest traits of his character were brought forth. He was, however, left in good circumstances, the farm of one hundred and sixty acres being left to him and his sister. He rents the latter's share and operates the entire tract, his work being carried on very successfully.
Mr. Nelson finds a faithful helpmate in his wife, who bore the maiden name of Miss Maggie Serbousek, and whom he wedded on the 12th of February, 1908. She is a native of Madison township, this county. Mr. Nelson follows in the political footsteps of his father, giving his support to the republican party. Having spent his entire life in Scotch Grove township, he is popular with a large circle of friends and his estimable wife shares in the esteem in which he is uniformly held.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 239.

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