James Carl Nelson

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Mon., Aug. 24, 1953

Death Removes Carl Nelson, 62

James Carl Nelson, 62, 1424 10th Ave., died early yesterday morning at Orofino. His death was attributed to a cerebral hemorrhage.

He was a resident of Lewiston for nearly half a century, widely known for his blacksmith work and the avid interest he had in the annual Lewiston-Clarkston Thanksgiving Day football game. His passing removed another member of what he termed a vanishing trade.

In an interview with the Lewiston Morning Tribune in 1951, Mr. Nelson nostalgically surveyed 50 years as a blacksmith. He took great pride in his work and deeply regretted its diminishing importance. He considered it a trade that "you never learn."

Children often brought their broken toys to his shop at 222 Snake River Ave. to be mended.

Came Here in 1913

Mr. Nelson was born Dec. 21, 1890, at Quincy, Ill, and came to Lapwai with his family in 1913. That same year the family moved to Lewiston.

Mrs. Nelson died last December.

Survivors include his father, Commodore Nelson, Tacoma; Mrs. Mary McDonald, and Mrs. Sherman Yochum, daughters, both of Lewiston; Thom Nelson and Clark Nelson, both of Moscow, and Monte Nelson of Lewiston, sons; Teddy Nelson and Bertram C. Nelson, both of Tacoma, brothers, and Mrs. Ruby Helstrom, a sister, also of Tacoma.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Brower-Wann Memorial Chapel at 2 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Paul Hovey officiating. Burial will be at Normal Hill Cemetery.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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