Nels Peter Rudolf Nelson 1873-1938

Farmer, Businessman, And Politician.

Rudolf was in several business ventures before settling down on the farm to raise his family and take care of his parents. In 1901 he moved to Bismark, North Dakota, where he managed the Grand Pacific Hotel. Reynold went along as a clerk. Returning to Minnesota in 1903 he became the agent for the Woodworth Elevator Company at Carlos and Parkers Prairie. In 1906 he opened a clothing store in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The following year he took a position as a traveling solicitor for the North Dakota Grain Company of Superior, Wisconsin. He stayed at this until 1910.

In 1917 Rudolf, or NPR as he became known in these circles, was appointed to fill the term of County Commissioner Andrew Johnson who had resigned. He held this post for the rest of his life, each time winning reelection by wide margins. He was the charter Secretary of the Minnesota County Commissioner's Association and from this position became active and influential in state politics.

NPR was very active in the community. He was on the board of directors of the local bank and organized the first telephone company in Parkers. He managed the local creamery co-operative for many years. He also had an insurance agency. In addition he was on the board of directors of other companies throughout the state.


  • 24 May 1873 born , Parkers Prairie, Otter Tail County, Minnesota.
  • 21 Dec 1898 (age 25) married Augusta Sigfrid, Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota.
  • 17 Jun 1900 (age 27) son Earl Eugene Murat Nelson was born, Parkers Prairie, Otter Tail County, Minnesota.
  • 29 Apr 1904 (age 31) daughter Signe Anita Nelson was born, Parkers Prairie, Otter Tail County, Minnesota.
  • 19 May 1910 (age 37) son Carl Clifford Nelson was born, Parkers Prairie, Otter Tail County, Minnesota.
  • 07 Jan 1938 (age 65) died , Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, Minnesota.


Grandfather Nils Daniel Andersson 1807-1869

Grandmother Martha Sarah Johansdotter 1808-1888

Grandfather Peter Eliasson 1806-1844

 Grandmother Sara Magnusdotter 1813


Father Anders Peter Nelson 1835-1914

Mother Johanna Christina Petersdotter 1841-1917

Siblings Helena Charlotta Judith Nelson 1860-1920, Eva Christina Wilhelmina Nelson 1865-1930, Martha Sarah Betsey Amanda Nelson 1875-1953, John Andrew Reynold Nelson 1880-1952, John Gustaf Vasa Nelson 1883-1961, Nels Peter Rudolf Nelson 1873-1938,

  Wife Augusta Sigfrid 1874-1941 . Married 21 Dec 1898, Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota . Children: Earl Eugene Murat Nelson 1900-1966, Signe Anita Nelson 1904-1988, Carl Clifford Nelson 1910-1992,


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