Biography of Carl Nelson
Kings County, CA Biographies





CARL NELSON.
It is a pleasure to investigate the career of a successful, self made man. Peculiar honor attaches to that individual who, beginning the great struggle of life in a strange country alone and unaided, gradually overcomes the obstacles in the pathway of success and by the medium of his own force and vitality succeeds in forging his way to the front, winning for himself a competency and a position of influence and esteem among his fellowmen. Such is the record of Carl Nelson, a well known citizen of Hanford. He was born in Sweden on the 3d day of May, 1883, a son of Nels and Sophia Nelson, who still live in their homeland.

Carl Nelson secured a good practical education in the public schools of his home community, but early in life decided to emigrate to the United States, because of the greater opportunities for advancement. At the age of eighteen years he made the voyage and came at once to Kings county, California. For about one and a half years he had a hard struggle, for work was scarce and he was seriously handicapped by his inability to talk English. However, his desire and ambition would not be denied and he persisted in two things his determination to learn the language and to secure employment. At length he was put to work by a contractor in Hanford, who found the young man not only a good, faithful worker, but also capable of quickly grasping new ideas and their significance. By careful economy Mr. Nelson was at length able to save enough to justify him in going into business on his own account and he began contracting, first with a partner, but after three years he began operating on his own account. These fourteen years have brought him not only a large amount of business, but what is of more importance, a well deserved reputation as a man who fully and conscientiously performs every contract which he makes. He has done a large amount of building in this locality, including a number of splendid school buildings, an addition to the cannery and a large number of substantial residences. Attention to the wants and tastes of his clients, and an inviolable determination to do nothing but first class work on every job he handles, have given him a prestige as a reliable and trustworthy business man. He enjoys his full share of the contracting business here and is numbered among the progressive and wide awake men of the community. He gives his support to every movement that promises to be of benefit to the public and is a liberal giver to all worthy benevolent objects.

Mrs. Nelson was Miss Justine Nelson before her marriage. Mr. Nelson gives his support to the democratic party and is affiliated with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Woodmen of the World. A lover of outdoor life, he is especially fond of hunting and fishing. Genial in his relations with others, he easily makes friends and is fond of their companionship.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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