Harold Dreyer NELSON

Harold Dreyer NELSON

Male 1883 - 1963  (79 years)

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  • Name Harold Dreyer NELSON 
    Born 10 Sep 1883  Bjørnskinn, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 25 Nov 1883  Bjørnskinn, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 May 1963  Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 2 Jun 1963  Hills of Rest Memorial Park, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Bjørnskinn/Dverberg church records list birth/baptism record as follows:
      Birth: 10/9;
      Baptism: 25/11;
      Full name: Harald Paulin Dreyer;
      Illegitimate child;
      Parents: Father, a bachelor fisherman, Thore Nilsen, from Bodo, born in 1856; Mother, Kristine Margrethe Hansdtr., from Bjørnskinn, born in 1855;
      Individuals witnessing the christening included: Hans A. Jakobsen and wife, Ole Olsen and wife, Hans and Anna Hanssen, Bjørnskinn.

      Confirmation Record: Church Record: “Sortland in Sortland 1894-1914”
      Confirmation Date: 16 Jul 1899
      Name: Harald Paulin Dreyer
      Birthdate: 10 Sep 1883
      Baptism Date: 25 Nov 1883
      Birthplace: Bjørnskinn
      Residence: Vik
      Father’s name and residence: Fisker Tore Nilsen, Bodø
      Mother’s name and residence: Pige Kristine Margrethe Hansdatter Bjørnskinn

      Norwegian census of 1900 lists spelling as Harald Torsen. Occupation listed as fisherman and farmer. Birthplace was Bjørnskinn. At the time of this census (Dec. 3, 1900), Harold lived with his stepfather, Andreas Olsen, his mother, and his half-brothers and half-sisters, Oskar, Alf, Petra, and Hansine.

      In “Sortland i Sortland 1894-1914 Church Registers” in the Departures section for year 1904 is listed a record for bachelor fisherman Harald Paulin Dreyer Thoresen, born in 1883, departing for Amerika, recorded on April 6, 1904, as leaving Sortland.

      Harold came to the U.S. in 1904; returned to Norway for a visit in February, 1921--He and Gudrun Nielsen returned to the U.S. on the same boat in December, 1921.

      “Protokol Over Utvandrede Personer” (emigration protocols) for Norway lists:
      Harald P. D. Hansen,
      Born in 1883 in Sortland,
      Leaving on the Canadian,
      Occupation: fisherman,
      Destination: Dell Rapids, Minnehaha Cty, South Dakota,
      Departure date: May 3, 1904.

      Digital Archives: Emigrants from Trondheim 1880-1930:
      Departure Date: 22 Mar 1904
      Name: Harald P. D. Hans.
      Unmarried
      Fisker
      Born in 1883 in Sortland
      Destination: Dell Rapids, S. Dak.
      Ship line: Canadian
      Name of Ship: Salmo
      Ticket purchased in Trondheim

      Information about the ship that Harold Nelson traveled on:
      “The Salmo” was built in 1900 by Caledon Ship Building & Engine Co. Ltd. in Dundee. Her tonnage was 1,721 tons gross, 1,575 under deck and 1,095 net. Dimensions: 265 feet long, 35.2 foot beam and holds 16.2 ft. deep. Steel consttruction singlgle screw steam schooner; 2 decks, Propulsion: triple expansion engine with 3 cylinders of 21 1/2, 36, and 62 inches diameter respectively, stroke 36 incheds, delivering 231 nominal horsepower which gave her a speed of 13.5 knots. The engine was built by the same company as the hull. She had accomodation for 53 passengers in 1st class, 26 in 2nd, and 458 in 3rd class. The Salmo was torpedoed by submarine U-60 and sunk in 1917.

      Immigration record for when Harold entered the U.S. found in the St. Albans District lists:
      “Traveled 3rd Class on the ship Lake Manitoba, and crossed the Canadian border into the U.S. in Manitoba.
      He arrived at the Port of Quebec. Entered May 21, 1904. #58-21.
      Name: Thoresen, Harald P.D.
      Nationality: Scandinavian Country: Norway
      Last permanent residence: Tromsa (?)
      Age: 26 [incorrect]
      Sex: M
      Farmer, can read and write
      Ever in U.S.?: No
      Passage paid by cousin
      Destination and name and complete address of relative or friend to join there: Cousin: Emil S. Wiik, Dell Rapids, SD
      Head Tax Status: 22432
      Money shown: $3
      Ever arrested or deported: No
      Purpose in coming and time remaining: Permanent
      Medical certificate: Good

      U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925:
      Name: Harold Dreyer Nelson
      Birth Date: 10 Sep 1883
      Birthplace: Sortland, Norway
      Residence: Dell Rapids, South Dakota
      Passport Issue Date: 22 Sep 1920
      Father Name: Thore Nelson
      Father’s Birth Location: Norway
      Father’s Residence: Deceased
      Passport Includes a Photo: Y
      (Actual wording of Passport Application):
      “I, Harold Dreyer Nelson, a naturalized and loyal citizen of the United States, hereby apply to the Department of State, at Washington, for a passport.
      I solemnly swear that I was born at Sortland, Norway on September 10, 1883; that my father, Thore Nelson, was born in Norway and is now deceased; that I emigrated to the United States, sailing from Stavanger, Norway, about April 27, 1904; that I resided 16 1/2 years, uninterruptedly, in the United States, from 1904 to date at Montevideo, Minnesota and Dell Rapids, So. Dak.; that I was naturalized as a citizen of the United States before the United States District Court at District of Minnesota, at St. Paul, Minnesota, on June 17, 1918, as shown by the Certificate of Naturalization presented herewith; that I am the Identical Person in said Certificate; that I have never resided outside the United States since my naturalization; and that I am domiciled in the United States, my permanent residence being at Dell Rapids in the State of South Dakota, where I follow the occupation of farmer. I have never obtained a passport. I am about to go abroad temporarily, and intend to return to the United States within six months with the purpose of residing and performing the duties of citizenship therein; and I desire a passport for use in visiting the countries hereinafter named for the following purpose:
      Norway: to visit mother
      England: travel
      I intend to leave the United States from the port of New York sailing on board the Stavangerfjord on December 10, 1920.
      Further, I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion: So help me God.
      [Harold’s Signature}
      Sworn to before me this 18 day of September, 1920
      C. C. Schwarz
      Deputy Clerk of the U.S. District Court of Sioux Falls, S.D.
      Description of Applicant:
      Age: 37 years
      Stature: 6 feet
      Forehead: High
      Eyes: Blue
      Nose: Medium
      Mouth: Medium
      Chin: Round
      Hair: Light-brown
      Complexion: Ruddy
      Face: Oval
      Distinguishing marks: scar on right side of forehead
      Identification:
      September 18, 1920:
      “I, Martin Johnson, solemnly swear that I am a naturalized citizen of the United States; that I reside at Dell Rapids, So. Dak.; that I have known the above-named Harold Dreyer Nelson personally for 16 years and know him to be the identical person referred to in the within-described certificate of naturalization; and that the facts stated in his affidavit are true to the best of my knowledge and belief.”
      Signed: Martin Johnson, Farmer, Dell Rapids, SD
      Applicant desires passport to be sent to the following address:
      Harold Dreyer Nelson
      F.R.D. Route #1
      Dell Rapids, S.D.

      Harold's immigration record for the his return to the U.S. on the S.S. Stavangerfjord on December 20, 1921--He was a U.S. citizen, 38 years old. Traveling on U.S. Passport #93028 issued at Washington, D.C. on Sept. 22, 1921 His address in the U.S.--Broadway Hotel, Brooklyn, N.Y.

      Evelyn Johnson believed that Harold Nelson was a fireman on the train before working at NSP. She also recalled that Harold stayed at her parents place a lot. She also remembered that when they were in grade school, Hazel Hansen was staying overnight. Hazel threw a snowball and knocked the cap off Harold's head.

      Conversations between Jerry Lowell and Mildred Wyman in August, 1995: "When we were kids growing up, Dad always had a garden. Mom canned everything, especially fruits--pears, peaches, apples, rhubarb sauce, plums. She also canned tomatoes buut she canned them sweet and used them as a dessert. She canned open-kettle method. She pickled beets. I don't remember her canning vegetables; we ate those fresh. We never ever had a tossed salad at her table. We never had turkey 'cause Dad didn't like it. We had a garden on Nesmith, East 7th, and I'm sure we had one on Sherman and 815 N. French. Dad grew potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, radishes, carrots, and rhubarb. ... Harold was the only one in our family who ever had a bicycle. He had it on East 7th. It was a girls bicycle that he got because he had a paper route. [Were you aware of dollars being tight?] Oh, yes. But, we always had food and there were frivolities. We were never for want. Dad got paid every two weeks. Dad never wanted to own a house but he finally bought the house at 810."

      Minnesota Naturalization Records Index, 1854-1957
      Name: Harold Dreyer Nelson
      County: Chippew
      Reel: 1
      Code: 4
      Volume: 2
      Page: 165

      Declaration of Intention for Naturalization, filed March 16, 1916:
      “State of Minnesota, County of Chippewa
      In the District Court of Chippewa County, Mn
      I, Harold Dreyer Nelson, aged 32 years, occupation laborer, do declare on oath that my personal description is: color: white, complexion medium, height 6 feet, weight 176 pounds, color of hair medium, color of eyes blue, other visible distinctive marks none.

      I was born in Throndheim, Norway on the 10th of September, anno Domini 1883; I now reside at Montevideo, Minnesota. I emigrated to the United States of America from Throndhjeim, Norway on the vessel “Lake Erie” of the Canadian Pacific Lines, my last foreign residence was Throndhjeim, Norway.

      “It is my bona fide intention to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, and in particularly to Haakon VII, King of Norway, of which I am now a subject. I arrived at the port of Saulte Ste. Marie in the State of Michigan on or about the 18th day of May, anno Domini 1904; I am not an anarchist; I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy; and it is my intention in good faith to become a citizen of the United States of America and to permanently reside therein: So Help Me God.

      “Signed: Harold Dreyer Nelson
      Subscribed and sworn to before me this 16th day of March, anno Domini 1916
      Elias Jacobson, Clerk of the District Court.”

      Per Evelyn Johnson, in August, 1995: Helga, Martin, Gudrun, and Harold drove up to Canada once to see Ben. When they got to the international line, Harold said the wrong thing and they wouldn't let them in. Harold was driving. He had overdrive in his car and was so proud of it. Evelyn also indicated that Harold would have made a wonderful doctor. He was so smart, according to Evelyn. She stated that when Mildred was young, the doctor wanted to operate but Harold said that all she needed was packs.

      1920 U.S. Census: South Dakota: Minnehaha: Logan: District 176:
      Nelson, Harold D., cousin, age 36, single, came to the U.S. in 1904, naturalized citizen, born in Norway, father and mother born in Norway, machinist, automobile.
      (Living on the farm with Arthur Vik and Martin Johnson (Helga’s husband.)

      1930 U.S. Census: South Dakota: Minnehaha: Sioux Falls: District 28: Residing at 605 Nesmith:
      Nelson, Harold, Head, rents, $25/month, age 46, married at age 39, born in Norway, father and mother born in Norway, immigrated to the U.S. in 1909, locomotive engineer, steam railway;
      Gudrun, wife, age 36, married at age 29, born in Norway, father and mother born in Norway, emmigrated to the U.S. in 1921;
      Mildred, daughter, 6, born in Sioux Falls, father and mother born in Norway;
      Lillian, daughter, 5, born in Sioux Falls, father and mother born in Norway;
      Alice, daughter, 4, born in Sioux Falls, father and mother born in Norway;
      Harold, son, 2, born in Sioux Falls, father and mother born in Norway.

      1940 U.S. Census: South Dakota: Minnehaha: Sioux Falls; Residing at 1316 E. 7th Street:
      Nelson, Harold D., head, 56, 7 yrs. of education, born in Norway, naturalized citizen, lived in Pipestone, Minnesota, in 1935, occupation: oiler, power co.;
      Gudrun M., wife, 46, 7 yrs. of education, born in Norway, naturalized citizen, lived in Pipestone, Minnesota, in 1935;
      Mildred J., daughter, 16, born in South Dakota, has completed 2 yrs of high school, lived in Pipestone, Minnesota, in 1935;
      Lillian M. Nelson, daughter, 15, born in South Dakota, has completed 1 yr of grade school, lived in Pipestone, Minnesota, in 1935;
      Alice K. Nelson, daughter, 14, born in South Dakota, has completed 7 yrs of elementary school, lived in Pipestone, Minnesota, in 1935;
      Harold G., son, 12, born in South Dakota, has completed 6 yrs of elementary school, lived in Pipestone, Minnesota, in 1935.


      Obituary in Sioux Falls Argus Leader--
      "Services for Harold E. Nelson, 79, of 810 N. French St., who died Wednesday at a local hospital, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at East Side Lutheran Church. Interment will be at Hills of Rest Cemetery.
      Mr. Nelson was born Sept. 10, 1883, in Norway and came to the United States in 1904, settling in the Dell Rapids area. A veteran of World War I, he moved to Sioux Falls and worked for Northern States Power Co. Mr. Nelson retired in 1950.
      Survivors include the widow and a son, Harold Nelson, Sioux Falls; three daughters, Mrs. Ray Gann, Portola Valley, Calif., and Mrs. Wesley Hofstad, and Mrs. James Lowell, both of Sioux Falls, and 12 grandchildren. (Boom)"

      “South Dakota Soldiers’ Compensation Board, Pierre. Declaration and Application for Bonus Granted to S.D. residents Who Participated in the Spanish-American war, Philippine Insurrection and World War by Chapter 363, Laws of 1921. [NOTE: Blank forms with questions were filled out by individual applying for bonus pay. Harold D. Nelson was applying for bonus pay for his participation in World War I and provided the following answers to the questions on the form.]
      1, Name of Applicant--Harold D. Nelson; Serial No. 473329
      2. Permanent Address--Dell Rapids, Minnehaha, So.Dak.
      3. Date and place of enlistment into U.S. Service--March 30, 1918 Sioux Falls
      4. Date and place of reporting for active duty in U.S. or Allied Forces--March 30, 1918 Sioux Falls
      5. Date and place of discharge--12 April 1919 Camp Dodge Iowa
      6. Rank and Branch of Serv. at time of discharge--1st Private Casual (unreadable # for branch) (From Natl Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO, his rank was Private First Class of Casual Detachment #263)
      7. Were you a member of the SD Nat'l Guard at the time you commenced US service? No
      8. Length of residence in SD prior to entry into service--3 yrs.
      9. Where did you reside at time of your entry into service--Sioux Falls Minn. So.Dak.
      10. Full name and home address of parents at time you entered service--Thore Nelson and Christine Olson (Note-- father's name had parenthesis around it with the word "deceased" written above the name)
      11, Were you married at time of entry into service?--No
      12. Give occupation at time of entry into service--Mechanic
      13. Give names and addresses of persons or companies by whom you were employed for 90 days prior to your entry into service and dates you worked for each--J.P. Bleake (sp?) Sioux Falls, South Dakota from Jan.1, 1918 until enlistment Mar. 30, 1918
      14. Did you pay any taxes in SD prior to your entry into service? Poll tax If so, when & where? Dell Rapids SD (Logan Twp) 1917
      15. Did you vote in SD prior to your entry into service? No
      16. Place and date of birth--Norway 10th of Sept. 1883
      17. If foreign born, when and where did you become a citizen of the US? Became citizen when enlisted. Had 1st papers.
      18. When and where did you register under the Selective Service Act? (Draft Law)--Too old to register
      19. If not a member of Nat'l Guard or inducted into the service at the time of your entry, state place and name of organization where you commenced service--Jefferson Barracks--later assigned to 36th (illegible) ..dical Det. Reg., Fort Snelling, Minn.
      20. Did you for any reason claim exemption under the Selective Service Act? No
      21, Did you refuse on conscientious, political, or other grounds (including religious) to subject yourself to military discipline or to render unqualified service to the US? No
      22. Have you applied for a bonus or add'l compensation from any state for services rendered in World War, Spanish American War and Philippine Insurrection? No
      23. Have you received a bonus or add'l compensation from any state for services rendered in the above wars? No
      24. Were you a member of a Students Army Training Camp? No
      25. Did you attend an Officers Training Camp? No
      26. (ignore)
      27. Did you personally insert the answers to the above questions? Yes
      28. Do you personally vouch for the truthfulness of the answers contained in this application? (signature of Harold D. Nelson) Affidavit of Applicant Signed: Dec. 31, 1921

      Disbursing Dept.
      Approved 3-15-22
      Length of service 12 mos. 13 days
      Amount Due $186.50
      Pay Roll No. 387
      Warrant No. 19349
      Mailed to Dell Rapids Mar. 16, 1922”

      George Boom Funeral Home death records state the following--
      Harold D. Nelson
      May 29, 1963 1:35 a.m.
      Retired Watch Engineer--NSP

      Father's name- Thor Nelson
      Mother's name- Christine Jacobson
      Army WW1 SS# 503-01-3839

      Cause of death-- cor. pulmonale
      Entered Service 3/30/1918 at Jefferson, MO
      Separated 4/12/1919 at Camp Dodge Iowa
      Service # 473329 Grade or Rank--FC
      Army

      Member D.A.V.

      Pallbearers-- NSP Employees-- Ken Robertson, Ralph Tschetter, Leo Hoffman, M.I. Johnson, E.E. Thompson, George Moxness

      Came to U.S. in 1904 as a young man to Dell Rapids area. Served in Army in WWI. Then moved to Sioux Falls in 1920 and became employed by NSP. Retired in 1950. Has been in failing health the last 10 yrs. Born in Trondheim, Norway."

      The 1920 census for Logan Township, Minnehaha County, indicates that Harold D. Nelson (age 36) was living with his cousin, Arthur Vik, and that he came to the U.S. in 1904 and became a naturalized citizen in 1918.

      1930 Census: SD, Minnehaha Cty, Sioux Falls, Dist. 28: 605 Nesmith Ave.:
      Nelson, Harold, head, rents, age 46, married, first married at age 39, can read & write, born in Norway, came to the U.S. in 1909, naturalized citizen; occupation: locomotive engineer, steam railway;
      Gudrun, his wife, age 36, married, first married at age 29, can read & write, born in Norway, came to the U.S. in 1921, naturalized citizen;
      Mildred, their daughter, age 6, attending school, born in South Dakota;
      Lillian, their daughter, age 5, attending school, born in South Dakota;
      Alice, their daughter, age 4, born in South Dakota;
      Harold, their son, age 2, born in South Dakota.

      Places lived once married to Gudrun:

      Grandma Thompson’s (West Prairie?)
      Mrs. Wakling’s house (3rd and Indiana)
      705 N. Sherman (Harold born here)
      605 N. Nesmith (lived here during 1930 Federal Census)
      815 N. French
      Pipestone: 3 houses (on the railroad tracks, up on the hill by Belkies, by the school)
      1316 E. 7th
      810 N. French

      SSDI: Harold Nelson, 503-01-3839, b. 10 Sep 1883, d. May 1963, Res.: South Dakota; Issued: SD (before 1951)

      Death Certificate:
      Name: Harold Dreyer Nelson
      Sex: Male
      Social Security Number: 503-01-3839
      Armed Forces: Yes
      Date of Death: 05/29/1963
      Date of Birth: 09/10/1883
      Age: 79 years
      Place of Death: Veterans Administration Center Sioux Falls Minnehaha South Dakota
      Disposition Information:
      Method: Burial
      Cemetery: Hills of Rest
      Location: Sioux Falls South Dakota
      Demographic Information:
      Residence: 810 No. French Avenue Sioux Falls Minnehaha South Dakota
      Marital Statue: Married
      Place of Birth: Norway
      Surviving Spouse’s Name, if wife Maiden Name: Gudrun Nelson
      Father’s Name: Thor Nelson
      Mother’s Name Prior to First Marriage: Christine (Jacobson)
      Informant Information:
      Informant’s Name: Gudrun Nelson
      Manner of Death: Natural Causes
      Cause of Death Part 1: Cor Pulmonale, 10 years; Emphysema Advanced, 10 years.
      Part II: (blank)
      Autopsy Performed: Yes
      Actual or Presumed Time of Death: 135
    Person ID I104  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 14 May 2015 

    Father Tore NILSSEN,   b. 1856, Bodø, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Kristine Margrethe HANSSEN,   b. 7 Jul 1855, Bjørnskinn, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1936, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Family ID F50  Group Sheet

    Family Gudrun Marie NILSEN,   b. 4 Oct 1893, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1980, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 26 Dec 1922  Garretson, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Mildred Johanna NELSON,   b. 26 May 1923, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 2001, Grants Pass, Josephine, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +2. Lillian Marie NELSON,   b. 6 Sep 1924, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 2007, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +3. Alice Kristine NELSON,   b. 12 Mar 1926, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1999, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +4. Harold Gilbert NELSON,   b. 20 Aug 1927, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 2006, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    Photos
    Nelson, Harold D. and wife Gudrun.
    Nelson, Harold D. and wife Gudrun.
    Nelson, Harold D. and Gudrun M. Nilsen.  Wedding portrait.
    Nelson, Harold D. and Gudrun M. Nilsen. Wedding portrait.
    The couple married on 26 Dec 1922, in Garretson, South Dakota.
    Nelson, Harold D.  Family.  Nelson siblings in their teens.
    Nelson, Harold D. Family. Nelson siblings in their teens.
    Nelson, Harold D.  Family.
    Nelson, Harold D. Family.
    Nelson, Harold D.  Family.  Nelson siblings with their cousin,  Ingrid Lien Weatherhead.
    Nelson, Harold D. Family. Nelson siblings with their cousin, Ingrid Lien Weatherhead.
    Ingrid's mother, Olga, was Gudrun Nelson's sister.
    Nelson, Harold D.  Family.  Christmas at Harold and Gudrun Nelson's home. 1946.
    Nelson, Harold D. Family. Christmas at Harold and Gudrun Nelson's home. 1946.
    L. to R.: Harold G. Nelson, Mildred Nelson Gann, Alice Nelson Lowell, Ray Gann (lying on floor), Barbara Hofstad (held by Ray), Gudrun Nelson holding Eddie Ray Gann, Wes Hofstad (back of couch), Lillian Nelson Hofstad, Harold D. Nelson.
    Nelson, Gudrun.  Children.
    Nelson, Gudrun. Children.
    Taken at 1201 N. Lincoln Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota, home of Alice Nelson, Lowell. L to R: Lillian, Harold, Gudrun, Alice, and Mildred.
    Nelson, Gudrun and Harold D. with their grandson, Jerry Lowell.
    Nelson, Gudrun and Harold D. with their grandson, Jerry Lowell.
    On the steps of Harold and Gudrun's home at 810 N. French, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Nelson, Harold D.  Family.
    Nelson, Harold D. Family.
    Celebrating Lil's 70th birthday. Left to right: Alice Nelson Lowell, Lillian Nelson Hofstad, Mildred Nelson Gann Wyman, and Harold Nelson.
    Lowell Family.  Christmas 1959(?) Part 1.
    Lowell Family. Christmas 1959(?) Part 1.
    The extended Lowell family at 1201 N. Lincoln Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota. L. to R.: Harold D. Nelson, Gudrun Nelson, Myra Lowell, Gert Lowell, Charles Lowell, George Lowell, John Lowell, Flora Luker.
    Nelson, Harold D. and wife Gudrun.  Christmas 1962 (?) at the Lowells, 1201 N. Lincoln Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Nelson, Harold D. and wife Gudrun. Christmas 1962 (?) at the Lowells, 1201 N. Lincoln Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    L. to R.: Wes Hofstad, Gudrun Nelson, Sandra Hofstad, Linda Lowell, Harold D. Nelson. This picture may be the last one taken of Harold Nelson, who died May 29 1963.
    Nelson, Harold D.  Children. 1201 N. Lincoln Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  1965?
    Nelson, Harold D. Children. 1201 N. Lincoln Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 1965?
    L. to R.: Lillian Nelson Hofstad, Alice Nelson Lowell, Gudrun Nelson, Harold G. Nelson, Mildred Nelson Gann.
    Nelson, Harold D. and Gudrun.  Family.  Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Nelson, Harold D. and Gudrun. Family. Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    L. to R.: Mildred Nelson Gann, Alice Nelson Lowell, Gudrun Nelson, Harold D. Nelson, Lillian Nelson Hofstad, Harold G. Nelson.
    Lowell, Alice Nelson.  Confirmation celebration.
    Lowell, Alice Nelson. Confirmation celebration.
    Taken at the Nelson residence, 1316 E. 7th Street, Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1941.
    Back row: Arnie Hofland, Mildred Nelson, Harold Mostrom, Gudrun Nelson (only a small part of her face is visible), Leonard Mostrom, Albert Hofland (only a small part of his face is visible), Mildred Hofland, Maxine Hofland, Harold D. Nelson.
    Front row: Harold G. Nelson, Bob Hofland, Alice Nelson, Mabel Mostrom, Ida Hofland, and Helen Hofland (with arms crossed).
    Nelson, Harold Dreyer and Gudrun's four children.
    Nelson, Harold Dreyer and Gudrun's four children.
    Taken approximately 1932. L to R: Harold, Lillian, Alice, and Mildred.
    Nelson, Harold Dreyer and wife, Gudrun Marie Nilsen.
    Nelson, Harold Dreyer and wife, Gudrun Marie Nilsen.
    Taken in October 1957 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Nelson, Harold D. and wife Gudrun Nilsen.
    Nelson, Harold D. and wife Gudrun Nilsen.
    Christmas at 810 N. French, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Nelson, Harold Dreyer extended family.
    Nelson, Harold Dreyer extended family.
    The extended Nelson clan gathers to welcome cousin Inger Lien on her visit to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in November 2002.
    Back row, left to right: Jeff Zelhart, Leann Zelhart, Tom Geraets, Matt Geraets, Linda Geraets, Ken Dunlap, Macey Dunlap, Sandy Dunlap, Judy Melham, Barb Hofstad, and Carla Dunlap;
    Middle row, left to right: Millie Hofland, Betty Nelson, Harold Nelson, Inger Lien, Lil Hofstad, and Wes Hofstad;
    Front row, left to right: Mitch Block, Amanda Dunlap, Megan Zelhart, Katie Dunlap, Tracy Peltier, and Jerry Lowell.
    Nelson, Harold D. and wife, Gudrun.  Grandchildren.
    Nelson, Harold D. and wife, Gudrun. Grandchildren.
    A photograph of a number of the Nelson grandchildren at a party hosted by Sandy Dunlap for Gerald Lowell, who was visiting South Dakota from his home in southern Spain. Top row: Barbara Hofstad, 2nd row from top: Gerald Lowell and Sandy Dunlap.
    3rd row from top: Judy Hofstad Melham and Linda Lowell Geraets. Bottom row: Sherilyn Nelson Carmody and Leann Lowell Zelhart. Picture taken on 3 Aug 2015.
    Documents
    Marriage.  Nelson, Harold D. and Gudrun M. Nielson.  Marriage Certificate.
    Marriage. Nelson, Harold D. and Gudrun M. Nielson. Marriage Certificate.
    Married on 26 December 1922 at Garretson, South Dakota.
    Marriage.  Nelson, Harold D. and Gudrun M. Nielson.  Wedding License
    Marriage. Nelson, Harold D. and Gudrun M. Nielson. Wedding License
    Marriage.  Nelson, Harold and Gudrun Marie Nilsen.  Marriage license.
    Marriage. Nelson, Harold and Gudrun Marie Nilsen. Marriage license.
    Gudrun and Harold were married on 26 Dec 1922.
    Histories
    Religion.  East Side Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    Religion. East Side Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    The Harold D. Nelson family attended this church.
    Albums
    810 N. French, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    810 N. French, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (1)
    Last Modified 19 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F35  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Sep 1883 - Bjørnskinn, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 25 Nov 1883 - Bjørnskinn, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Dec 1922 - Garretson, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 May 1963 - Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 2 Jun 1963 - Hills of Rest Memorial Park, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Nelson, Harold D. with niece, Ingrid Lien Weatherhead.
    Nelson, Harold D. with niece, Ingrid Lien Weatherhead.
    Taken at 810 N. French Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Nelson, Harold Dreyer.
    Nelson, Harold Dreyer.
    Taken at Harold's home at 810 N. French Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Lowell, George J. and Harold D. Nelson.
    Lowell, George J. and Harold D. Nelson.
    George's son, G. James Lowell, and Harold's daughter, Alice Nelson, were married.
    Nelson, Harold and Arthur Vik
    Nelson, Harold and Arthur Vik

    Documents
    Death. Nelson, Harold Dreyer.  Death Certificate.
    Death. Nelson, Harold Dreyer. Death Certificate.
    Death. Nelson, Harold Dreyer.  Funeral Memorial Tribute.
    Death. Nelson, Harold Dreyer. Funeral Memorial Tribute.
    Death. Nelson, Harold Dreyer.  Memorial Card.
    Death. Nelson, Harold Dreyer. Memorial Card.
    Death. Nelson, Harold Dreyer.  Newspaper obituary.
    Death. Nelson, Harold Dreyer. Newspaper obituary.
    Printed in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.
    Military.  Nelson, Harold D.  Statement of Service.  United States Army.
    Military. Nelson, Harold D. Statement of Service. United States Army.
    From 30 Mar 1918 to 12 Apr 1919. Rank: Private First Class of Casual Detachment #263.
    Birth. Nelson, Harold Dreyer.  Church birth record.
    Birth. Nelson, Harold Dreyer. Church birth record.
    Born 10 Sep 1883, birth record in Bjørnskinn/Dverberg church records list name as: Harald Paulin Dreyer, illegitimate child of Thore Nilsen, a bachelor fisherman from Bodo, born in 1856 and mother--Kristine Margrethe Hansdtr, from Bjørnskinn, born in 1855.

    Headstones
    Nelson, Harold D. and Gudrun Nielson
    Nelson, Harold D. and Gudrun Nielson

    Histories
    Immigration.  Nelson, Harold D. Declaration of Intention for Citizenship, 16 Mar 1916
    Immigration. Nelson, Harold D. Declaration of Intention for Citizenship, 16 Mar 1916
    Filed in Chippewa, Chippewa County, Minnesota (Reel#1, Vol.#2, Code#4, Page#165) when he resided in Montevideo, Minnesota.
    Immigration.  Nelson, Harold Dreyer.  U.S. Passport.
    Immigration. Nelson, Harold Dreyer. U.S. Passport.
    Issued on 22 Sep 1920. Harold Nelson traveled to Norway in February 1921 to visit his mother; he returned to the United States in December 1921.