Lewiston Morning Tribune|
Friday, November 6, 1931
Elias F. Nelson Expires
Was One of Earliest Settlers on Craig Mountain Lands.
Elias F. Nelson, one of the earliest settlers on Craig mountain at Forest, died at 1:15 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Provost, 419 Sixteenth avenue. He had been ill since August, 1930.
Mr. Nelson pioneered in farming on Craig mountain and continued operations there until he moved with his family to Lewiston in 1909. Until his health failed he was employed by the city at the Normal Hill cemetery. He was a native of Norway, having been born at Tromsoe, July 18, 1852. He came to the United States when he was 12 years old on a sailing vessel. He was married in 1877. He was a member of the I. O. O. F. order.
Besides his widow, he is survived by six children, Mrs. John Provost, Mrs. James Madden, Arthur W. Nelson and Mrs. Alice Hastings, all of Lewiston; Mrs. Ben Reeves and Eddie C. Nelson, of Forest. The family was at the bedside when death came.
The body is resting at the Vassar parlors. Funeral services will be held from their chapel tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. Orval D. Peterson to officiate. At the grave in Normal Hill cemetery the I. O. O. F. will give the committal service.