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Male, US, born 1905-04-05, died 1988-09-04

Associated with the firms network

Austin Company, Building Contractors; Cawdrey and Vemo, Incorporated, General Contractors; Sellen Construction Company, Incorporated


Professional History

Résumé

Carpenter, Austin Construction Company, Seatllte, WA, 10/16/1940. At this time, he worked at the Sand Point Naval Air Station in Seattle for the Austin Construction Company, based in Cleveland, OH. Austin did a great deal of work for the US military and defense-realted businesses during World War II.

Carpenter, Cawdrey and Vemo, Incorporated, General Contractors, c. 1956. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1956, p. 1066.) At this time in Seattle, there were a total of sixteen men who had the name "Nels Nelson," according the Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1956, suggesting the high concentration of people with Scandinavian ancestry who settled here,

Project Superintendent, Sellen Construction Company, Seattle, WA, c. 1965-1971.

Nelson was a job superintendent for the Sellen Construction Company on the University of Washington, Seattle (UW), College of Architecture and Urban Planning Building, also known as Gould Hall, in 1970-1971. Gould Hall was Nelson's last construction supervision job before he retired.

Personal

Relocation

Born in Gunnarskog, Värmland County, Sweden, Nels Nelson immigrated to the US at age 19. He traveled third class cabin on the Svenska-American Lines ship S.S. Stockholm that left Göteborg, Sweden on 01/30/1925 and landed in Halfax, NS, Canada. The ship's passenger manifest had his final destination as Seattle, WA. It had his name as "Nils Nilson." (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Landsarkivet I Göteborg, Sverige; Göteborg, Sweden; Göteborgs Poliskammare E Ix, 1-143, accessed 06/24/2022.)

He initially worked in logging camps along with many others from Scandinavia, where he learned English.

When the US Census was taken on 04/18/1940, Nelson lived at 1612 42nd Street North in Seattle. The Nelsons paid $27.50 rent per month. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: m-t0627-04378; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 40-148, 06/24/2022.) By 101/16/1940, he and his family had moved to a dwelling at 443 27th Street North in Seattle, WA. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for Washington, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 129, accessed 06/24/2022.)

The 1950 US Census found the Nelsons living at 1806 McGilvra Boulevard in Seattle. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790-2007; Record Group Number: 29; Residence Date: 1950; Home in 1950: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: 2804; Sheet Number: 7; Enumeration District: 40-380, accessed 06/24/2022.)

Nelson died in Seattle, WA, at the age of 83. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington Death Index, 1940-1959, 1965-2017, accessed 06/24/2022.)

Spouse

He wed Lillian Josephine Johnson (born 08/19/1907 in Portland, OR-d. ) on 09/07/1935 in Seattle, WA. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington Marriage Records, 1854-2013; Reference Number: kingcoarchmcvol53_768, accessed 06/24/2022.)

As noted on the 1940 US Census, Lillian completed high school. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: m-t0627-04378; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 40-148, 06/24/2022.)

Children

Nels and Lillian had two daughters: Ruby J. Nelson (born c. 1936 in Seattle, WA) and Kaye S. Nelson (born c. 1940 in Seattle, WA).

Biographical Notes

According to this World War II draft registration card, Nelso was Caucasian with a light complexion, blue eyes and blonde hair. He stood 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weighed 175 pounds. The card indicated that he had curly hair and a "pompadore" [sic]. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for Washington, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 129, accessed 06/24/2022.)


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