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Over one hundred years ago, this incredible Nelson Family portrait was taken on the family farm in Painted Woods, North Dakota. It was 1918 and one family member, Sture Albin Nelson, the oldest son of Anders and Gerda (Miljander) Nelson was home on leave. He would soon be shipping out for service in the Navy during the First World War.

The photograph comes from my Grandmother Clara Amelia (Nelson) Erickson's (at the age of 15 years old, sitting on the left) photo album. The first two generations of Nelson's to emigrate from Sweden to the Dakotas in 1903, are present.

Clara wrote along the side of the photograph the names of everyone you see here. It's in these moments of family history research, Clara's forethought makes identification of these family members easy, and I thank her for that.

left to right - top row:
Uncle Anton Tony Nelson, Uncle August Valentine Nelson, Uncle Albert 'Bob' William Nelson, Great Grandfather Anders Nelson, Great Uncle (brother of Anders) August Fredrick Nelson, Cousin Thomas Davis Hanwell Sr. (husband to Josie Ida Josephine Nelson) Hanwell and Uncle Sture Albin Nelson.

left to right - sitting:
Grandmother Clara Amelia Yunhild (Erickson) Nelson, Cousin Berthe Nelson, holding her daughter Mary Jane, Great Grandmother Gertrude 'Gerda' (Miljander) Nelson, holding Amelia Anna (Rise)- daughter of Tom and Josie Hanwell.

Great Aunt Amelia Josephine (Holm) Nelson (nickname Aunt Molly and wife of Great Uncle August Fredrick Nelson), holding Francis Kathleen (Bartholomew) Hanwell, daughter of Tom and Josie Hanwell, Cousin Josie Ida Josephine (Nelson) Hanwell, daughter of Amelia & August Nelson and wife of Thomas Davis Hanwell Sr. and sitting on the far right, Cousin Elsie Pederson.

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