Creator: Nelson, Arner D., 1907-1972


Provenance Note: An original typed boyhood reminiscence by Arner D. Nelson was donated to Montana State University by his brother-in-law, David Rorabeck, College Place, Washington on April 9, 1968.


Historical Note: Arner D. Nelson was born in Polk County, Wisconsin on October 6, 1907, one of three children of David and Ingo Lambert Nielsen. His father changed his name to "Nelson" and in 1914 moved with his family to a homestead claim near Flatwillow, Petroleum County, Montana. Arner grew up working on the homestead and, on November 25, 1935, married Teresa Lucas and moved to Roundup, Montana where he worked as a cement contractor. The couple had two sons, and Arner died at Roundup on December 3, 1972.


Content Description Note: "Recollections of Homestead Days" was composed by Arner D. Nelson to describe his boyhood on his father's homestead claim in southern Petroleum County, Montana. Nelson describes his trip with his mother and sisters on the train from Spokane, Washington to Roundup, Montana, and then overland in a wagon to the Flatwillow area. He also describes life on the new homestead, his family's first car, and school experiences. The manuscript includes a brief addendum by his sister, Jennie Nelson Rorabeck.


Updated: 4/20/22