Note: Nels came to the U.S. from Sweden with his family when he was 5 years old. According to the History of San Joaquin County, California (Tinkham 1923), Nels was "forced to go to work, by family circumstances, at the early age of 14, then saying good-bye to school ... and help support the family by working a while in timber and lumber camps. When he left home he went to work on the W.A. Stearns ranch, near Sheridan, for 6 years doing general farming, and the last 4 years there he was foreman ... In 1897 he was encouraged to make a visit to his uncle, Martin J. Lund, reaching Stockton [California] on December 12 ... He worked for his uncle in the Delta region until 1901, at the end of which time he returned to Michigan, where he was married to miss Ruth Forward, who had been a schoolmate ... That same year, they came to California together, to take up ranch life. Mr. Lund has since always been active as foreman of large holdings in Union or Roberts Island, or in ventures for himself continuing until 1908 to manage properties for others. For 3 years in 1904-05-06 he was in the employ of Wood Bros. in charge of the cutting of 1600 acres of alfalfa 5 times each year ... Since 1908 he has farmed on his own account, taking up his residence on Bixler Lands, at Fish Camp, where he has cultivated from 2,000 to 5,500 acres a season ... He owns desireable real estate at Stockton, besides a home worth $10,000 in that city where his family reside ..." Nels, Mabel, and 3 of their children are in the 1920 census of Stockton. After they divorced Mabel reportedly married a cousin of Nels. The above biographical sketch indicates Nels was the proprietor of some 345 acres of excellent Delta land on Union Island, which is where at least one of their children was born.
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