by Zella Howell Zimmerman
William Nelson was born in Kelly, Ia., Sept. 16, 1882.While still in infancy, the family moved to a homestead near O'Neil, Nebr. where they resided a few years until settling in Bon Homme County, S.D., where he received his education and spent his young manhood.
Always rather frail physically, he met with a farm accident in his early 20's which left him a semi-invalid for the remainder of his life.
In 1913 he came to Hat Creek, Wyo. and filed upon a homestead, where the bracing climate and comparative ease of homestead life partly restored his health.
After leaving the homestead, he worked for a number of years at positions which he felt able to fill and then followed two of his nieces to McMinnville, Ore. where he remained until his death on May 1952 at the age of 60.
Uncle Billie, as he was called by his numerous nieces and nephews, was loved by all of his family as a kindly, gentle man.