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ALFRED R. NELSON
Bio- Sawyers
SURNAMES:  ZACKRISON, OLSON,

Coming to San Jose from his home across the water more than thirty years ago, Alfred R. Nelson has been privileged to see much of the progress made in the Santa Clara Valley during the past generation and he is enthusiastic over the great opportunities still awaiting in this section. Mr. Nelson was born at Helsingborg, Sweden, on July 16, 1872, spending his school days there and being confirmed at the age of fourteen. In 1889 he came across the ocean to America and then on to San Jose, joining his uncle, Olaf Zackrison, who had come to this country thirteen years before.

Mr. Nelson spent four years in the copper mines, Bisbee, Ariz., 1900-04, and on locating here worked as a coachman for five years at Edenvale, and then purchased ten acres of land on Chynoweth Avenue, Edenvale. This property he later disposed of, and in 1906, he bought his present home place of fourteen acres on Cottle Road, where he has erected a fine new residence, up-to-date in all its appointments. The whole place, including the orchard of prunes and peaches, which he set out, shows the result of his skilled care and the years of hard work he has spent in its upbuilding.

In 1900 Mr. Nelson was married to Miss Mattie Olson, who was born in Sweden and came to California in 1890. Five children have been born to them: Alton, a rancher; Vanley L., attending school, as is Olive L.; Melvin, deceased; Ivian L., in school. Mr. Nelson became a full-fledged citizen of this country in 1893, and he has always been active in support of any measures for the welfare of the community. He is now serving his second term as trustee of the Oak Grove school at Edenvale and is a member of the California Prune and Apricot Growers, Inc.
From Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1480
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