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Nelson descendants plan family reunion

The descendants of Andreas and Sonne Nelson, pioneer Norwegian settlers in the Martell area, will celebrate their heritage with a family reunion on Saturday, July 21 at the original Nelson homestead, N8293 710th Street -- off Hwy. 29, at the end of 710th behind the original Evan Borgeson homestead.

The all-day affair, hosted by Andreas and Sonne's grandson, Howard Nelson, and his seven children, will feature games, prizes, pictures and other displays and a catered lunch at 1 p.m.

Relative Sandy Nelson Littrell said great-grandparents Andreas Nilsen (Andrew Nelson, 1844-1929) and Synneve (Sonne) Olsdatter (1844-1919) were Norwegian immigrants who arrived in America about 1864. They married in 1869, started a family and homesteaded 140 acres in the town of Martell.

The couple outgrew their log cabin and moved to a larger house in 1892. Andreas was a founding member of Rush River Lutheran Church. The couple had 10 children, five of whom married and had families.

All 22 surviving grandchildren of Alfred Nelson, scattered throughout the United States, are expected to attend as are guests from Norway.

The family is attempting to reach the families of Lauritz Nelson, Petrina Nelson Halverson, Ole Nelson and Nels Nelson, as well as siblings of Andreas and Sonne in the area, including Borgeson, Herum and Shella families.

To assist with planning for food, organizers ask for reservations by July 13, do so by calling Greg Nelson at 715-441-4389 or Sandy Nelson Littrell at 816-806-9961 or writing Littrell at Cost will be about $5 per person.

Attendees are also invited to attend the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at Rush River Lutheran Church.