then under territorial government and because of an error in assessment, what little tax was levied was later cancelled (sic) and a new start made. In 1862 he enlisted in the Union army and served a year on the frontier. As one of the army of brave pioneers he is now rounding out a remarkable and useful career.
AUSTIN NELSON was born on a small island on the coast of Norway, May 16th, 1826. His father sold the estate that had come down from father to son for generations and with his young wife, three sons and two daughters came to America and settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1835. After some years the family moved to Detroit, Michigan, and later to Wisconsin settling there while it was still a territory. They opened up a farm sixteen miles from Milwaukee and in 1847 moved again to LaSalle county, Illinois, where the subject of this sketch completed his education at Mt. Palatine Academy. In 1852 he was united in marriage to Julia Kettleson and together they came to Burt county, Nebraska, where he engaged in farming and cattle raising. Mr. Nelson was elected from this county to the ninth and tenth sessions of the Nebraska legislature, in '73 and '75. He was also engaged for several years in the general merchandise business in this city. Failing health caused his removal to Riverside, California, in 1893 where he died December 28th, 1900. His, was a useful and well spent life.
CLARK CHILCOTT was born at Saline, Jefferson county, Iowa, March 5th, 1848, and came to Burt county with his parents in 1856. The family settled in Arizona township near what is now known as Newton. Mr. Chilcott was a resident of the city of Tekamah for eighteen years, first entering the mercantile business in partnership with Austin Nelson. Continuing thus for a few years Mr. Nelson sold out to H. H. Smith, and the firm name became Chilcott & Smith. Later Mr. Chilcott disposed of his interest to R. A.