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Oscar Nelson, a well-known representative of the agricultural interests of Wolf River township, claims Missouri as the state of his nativity, his birth having occurred in Buchanan county on the 9th of February, 1856. He is the fourth in order of birth in a family of seven children. His father, Lewis Nelson, became one of the pioneer farmers of Doniphan county. On leaving Missouri he pre-empted a quarter-section of land in Wolf River township and there devoted his energies to farming until his life's labors were ended in death. Oscar Nelson was reared among the scenes of rural life and early became familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist. He worked in the fields through the summer months and in the winter season was accorded the privilege of attending the district schools of the neighborhood, where he acquired a good, practical English education. He has also devoted his energies to farming and is to-day regarded as one of the prosperous representatives of that vocation in Wolf River township. His place is characterized by neatness and thrift and a single glance indicates to the passer by the careful supervision of a practical and progressive owner.

On the 16th of December, 1880, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Nelson and Miss Allie S. Noble, daughter of William P. Noble, of Lincoln, Nebraska. Three children grace their union, namely: Guy N., who was born December 8, 1880; Clare M., born in 1883; and Louise, born in 1897. Like the other men of his family, Mr. Nelson is a stalwart Republican in his political views and has served as a member of the township committee. He was elected to the office of trustee in the fall of 1898 by a majority of one hundred and twenty-nine votes, and discharged his duties in such a capable and efficient manner that he was re-elected in 1899 without opposition. He and his family are members of the Lutheran church of Moray, in which he is holding the office of deacon. His life is a noble and upright one, characterized by fidelity to duty in every relation and he is a public-spirited citizen, who gives his support to all measures calculated to secure advancement along political, social, educational and moral lines.