Roy Leonard Nelson, Sr~Elgin, Kane County, Illinois

Elgin, Illinois
Elgin, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Birth: Nov. 26, 1898
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: May 9, 1963
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA

Grandson of Alic “Alex” and Aletta Nelson of Sweden.Son of Charles “Chas” F. Nelson and Lena (Nilson) Nelson of Sweden.Husband of Gladys Serena (Linderman) of Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa. Married on 26 November 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa.Father of Roy Leonard Jr., Richard Edward “Dickie”, and Shirley Lorraine Nelson(Ogle) of Iowa.Source: My Maternal Second Cousin, Roy Leonard “Jimmy” Nelson Jr. told me that his father was from ELGIN, ILLINOIS, and died in San Francisco, California. He told me that he was buried in a pauper’s cemetery because he had no money. Cemetery name unknown.

Family links:
Parents:
Charles F Nelson (1868 – 1939)
Lena Nilson Nelson (1868 – 1936)

Spouse:
Gladys Serena Linderman Nelson (1906 – 1996)

 

 Elgin (pron.: /ˈɛlɨn/) is a city in northern Illinois located roughly 40 mi (64 km) northwest of Chicago on the Fox River. Most of Elgin lies within Kane County, Illinois, with a portion in Cook County, Illinois. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 108,188, making it the eighth-largest city in Illinois and the 241st largest city in the United States.

The Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the Black Hawk Indian War of 1832 led to the expulsion of the Native Americans who had settlements and burial mounds in the area, and set the stage for the founding of Elgin. Thousands of militiamen and soldiers of Gen. Winfield Scott‘s army marched through the Fox River valley during the war and accounts of the area’s fertile soils and flowing springs soon filtered east.

In New York, James T. Gifford and his brother Hezekiah Gifford heard tales of this area ripe for settlement, and travelled west. Looking for a site on the stagecoach route from Chicago to Galena, they eventually settled on a spot where the Fox River could be bridged. In April 1835, they established the city, naming it after the Scottish hymn “Elgin”.

In 1849, the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad reached Elgin, which later would be served by railroads running along both banks of the Fox River, linking the growing town to Chicago and other urban centers. Early Elgin achieved fame for the butter and dairy goods it sold to the city of Chicago. Gail Borden established a condensed milk factory here in 1866, and the local library is named in his honor. The dairy industry became less important with the arrival of the Elgin Watch Company. The watch factory employed three generations of Elginites from the late 19th to the mid 20th century, when it was the largest producer of fine watches in the United States (the factory ceased production in the early 1960’s and was torn down in 1965). Today, the clocks at Chicago’s Union Station still bear the Elgin name.

In 1872, Elgin attracted a major state institution, the Northern Illinois State Mental Hospital and later a Veterans Administration Hospital.

Galena's Grant Park Pedestrian Bridge
Galena’s Grant Park Pedestrian Bridge (Photo credit: OldOnliner)

Gladys Serena Linderman Nelson~Wife of Roy Leonard Nelson Sr.~Dubuque, Iowa

Gladys Serena(Linderman) Nelson daughter of Edy & Gudrun (Lund) Linderman of Dubuque, Iowa, and wife of Roy Leonard Nelson Sr, about 1940.

Arline “Babe” & Eppie Ayala, Irene Weidner, Gladys Nelson, Statue of Liberty, New York, Oct. 1952.

Gladys Serena Linderman Nelson 

 
Birth: Aug. 17, 1906
Winona
Winona County
Minnesota, USA

Death: Apr. 28, 1996
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA

Daughter of Edward Francis “Edy” Linderman & Gudrun Ivarra “Gud” Lund Linderman, of Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa. Gudrun Ivara (Lund) Linderman emigrated in 1896 from Norway.
Baptized as Lutheran on November 11, 1906 in Winona, Minnesota. Gladys liked to be called Glady and preferred Serena instead of Serene.
Wife of Roy Leonard Nelson, Sr. They married in 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa.
Mother of Roy Leonard “Jimmy” Nelson Jr, Richard Edward “Dickie”, & Shirley Lorraine Nelson.
Glady & Roy Sr. were separated in Jan. 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa. Divorced on 15 Sept. 1957 in Dubuque, Iowa.
name:Roy Nelson
titles & terms:
event:Census
event year:1940
event place:Ward 3, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls City, Minnehaha, South Dakota, United States
gender:Male
age:41
marital status:Married
race (original):White
race (standardized):White
relationship to head of household (original):Head
relationship to head of household (standardized):Head
birthplace:Illinois
estimated birth year:1899
residence in 1935: Pekin, Illinois
enumeration district number:50-32A
family number:11
sheet number and letter:1B
line number:61
nara publication number:T627
nara roll number:3863
digital folder number:005462085
image number:00647
Household Gender Age Birthplace
head Roy Nelson M 41 Illinois
wife Gladys Nelson F 33 Minnesota
daughter Shirley Nelson F 11 Iowa
son Roy Nelson M 8 Iowa
son Richard Nelson M 6 Illinois
Source Citation:
“United States Census, 1940,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V19Y-7XH : accessed 04 Aug 2012), Roy Nelson, Ward 3, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls City, Minnehaha, South Dakota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 50-32A, sheet 1B, family 11, NARA digital publication T627, roll 3863.

Glady resided with her Father from 1941 after her Mother died, and cared for him up until his death in 1968, at 705 W. Third Street, Dubuque, Iowa.
Great Aunt “Glady” worked as a Proofreader for the Dubuque newspaper, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald until she retired.
Then she sold the Linderman homestead at 705 W. Third Street, Dubuque, Iowa, and moved to Huntington Beach, California to be near her sister, Evelyn “Eppie” (Linderman) Ayala, and brother-in-law, Arturo “Art” Ayala.
Glady always remembered the nieces and nephews, and Great nieces and nephews on our birthdays. We could always count on getting a birthday card from her with some money in it. She couldn’t afford much, but we thought that a dime or a quarter was a lot of money, because back then in the 1960’s it was. It made me feel special–knowing that someone that I hardly knew–way off in Iowa, was thinking of me.
Great Aunt Glady resided with her son Roy “Jimmy” Leonard Nelson Jr., at 4045 Linkwood Drive, Houston, Harris County, Texas for the last few years of her life. She suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Cremated in Texas and her son brought her ashes back to Iowa and spread around Mother, Gudrun (Lund) Linderman’s gravesite, in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa, because that is how she wanted it. 

Family links:
Parents:
Edward Francis Linderman (1875 – 1968)
Gudrun Ivarra Lund Linderman (1881 – 1924)

Children:
Shirley Lorraine Nelson Ogle (1928 – 1982)*
Richard Edward Nelson (1933 – 2006)*

 
Burial:
Linwood Cemetery
Dubuque
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA
 
Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: Aug 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21069469

Added by: TEXAS TUDORS


 Barbara Mendelson, Irene Wiedner, Arline & Eppie Ayala, Gladys Nelson, and unknown, New York, Oct. 1952.