Samuel T Nelson
|Contributed by Tracy St Clair
S. T. Nelson Well Known Citizen, Dies
Former Supervisor of Duncan Township and Prominent
Farmer Taken After Lengthy Illness
Samuel T. Nelson, 72 years old, former Duncan township supervisor and for many years one of the most extensive
land owners and best known farmers of Mercer county, died at his home six miles north of Joy, Saturday May 5,
following a long period of ill health. Funeral services were held from the home at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, with Rev. Samuel McNeilly, pastor of the Joy Presbyterian church officiating. Interment was made in Eliza Creek cemetary.
Native of County
Mr. Nelson was a native and life long resident of Mercer County, born in New Boston township Aug. 20, 1861. He
was the son of Andre W. and Clara Peterson Nelson, natives of Sweden, who came to the United States in 1852, locating in New Boston township that same year. In 1882 Mr. Nelson commenced life for himself on the home farm
in Duncan township. Sept. 17, 1889 he was married to Amanda J. Looser, daughter of Jacob and Barbara Sloan Looser. Three children were born to them, all of whom are living. They are: Virgil A. Nelson, of Eliza township; Lytle H. Nelson, of Duncan township; and Miss Pearl Irene Nelson, at home.
In 1902 Mr. Nelson was elected supervisor of Duncan township; becoming a member of the Mercer County Board of Supervisors. So well did he safeguard the interests of the township that he was re-elected from time to time and served in all 10 consecutive years. For 21 years he served as treasurer of Duncan township. Since the fall of 1920 he has been in failing health and in 1924 moved his family to the present home, discontinuing at that time
his extensive farming operations. During the past year, his condition has grown constantly more serious, confining him to his home, but, throughout his long period of illness, he was a patient sufferer.