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Nelson, Nels L. (Nels Lars), 1862-1946



  • Existence: 1862-1946

Biographical History

Nels L. Nelson (1862-1946) was a college teacher and administrator in Utah and Idaho.

Nels Lars Nelson was born on April 25, 1962 in Goshen, Utah to Lars Nielsen and Marchen Bendtsen. He joined the teaching staff at Brigham Young Academy at the time of its founding in 1876. During this time he worked as private secretary to Karl G. Maeser. He received his Normal Degree in 1882, and later graduated from the Academy in 1893. He also served a mission to the American South in 1885, returning to Brigham Young Academy in 1887. Later that year he married Isabelle Maria Harris in the Endowment House. They had four children, but later separated around 1894 or 1895. In 1904 he married Maud Noble, and they had eight children.

Following his marriage in 1904, Nelson studied for a year at Clark University in Massachusetts. In returned to Brigham Young University afterward, but in 1910 was assigned as the principal of Uinta Stake Academy. In 1912 he was released from this position, and worked a farm in the area. He returned to teaching at Weber College in 1914, and later that year moved back to Provo to teach at BYU. However, he left the university again in 1920 to try founding a newspaper in Salt Lake City. By 1921 he took his family to Logan to teach at the Utah Agricultural College for a year. They then moved to Downey, Idaho to work a farm, while Nelson taught at Preston High School.

Nelson died on May 12, 1946 in Downey, Idaho.


nuc86-76047: His Scientific aspects of Mormonism, or ... [MI] 1904 (hdg. on CU-BANC rept.: Nelson, Nels Lars, 1862-1946; usage: Nels L. Nelson), via WWW, Dec. 8, 2014 (Nels L. Nelson; Nels Lars Nelson; b. Apr. 25, 1862 in Goshen, Utah; parents: Lars Nielsen, Marchen (Martha) Bendtsen; m. Aug. 1, 1887 in Logan, Utah to Isabelle Maria Harris, four children; m. Maud Noble; d. May 12, 1946 in Downey, Idaho; college teacher, farmer)

Familysearch, via WWW, Dec. 8, 2014 (Nels Lars Nelson; m. Aug. 1, 1887 to Isbelle Maria Harris, four children; m. Ida May Harris; m. May 25, 1904 to Maud Noble, eight children)

Life history of Nels Lars Nelson, 1862-1946, [1980]: p. 19 (instructor at Brigham Young University, 1876) p. 32 (called on mission to South, 1885) p. 34 (released from mission, 1887) p. 36 (m. Aug. 1, 1887 to Belle Harris in Endowment House) p. 40 (sealed to Ida Harris after her death) p. 41 (separated from Belle, 1894-1895) p. 42 (private secretary to Maeser for 10 years; received Normal Degree, 1882; graduated from BYA, 1893) p. 79 (m. May 25, 1904 in Salt Lake Temple to Maud Noble) p. 83 (attended Clark University, 1904-1905) p. 89 (assigned principal of Uinta Stake Academy, 1910) p. 91 (released from Uinta, 1912) p. 93 (taught at Weber College, 1914) p. 95 (returned to BYU, 1914) p. 98 (left BYU, 1920; moved to Salt Lake City to start newspaper) p. 103 (taught at Utah Agricultural College, Logan, 1921-1922; 1922, moved to farm in Downey, Idaho) p. 106 (took job at Preston High School)

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

General correspondence, 1880-1927

 File — Box: 3, Folder: 22
Identifier: MSS 15 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Materials include correspondence sent to Orson F. Whitney from friends, Church leaders, and admirers (including George H. Brimhall, Benjamin Cluff, and Richard R. Lyman). The writers of the letters compliment his writings, solicit advice, provide general updates, discuss travels, and inquire about gospel principles. Dated 1880-1927.

Karl G. Maeser Building cornerstone collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 542
Abstract Includes items dated 1887-1909 sealed in the cornerstone of the Karl G. Maeser building in 1909 and removed in 1975 as part of the University's centennial celebration. Items include articles of incorporation, songs, pennants, albums, pamphlets, directories, poetry, photo albums, LDS scriptures and hymn book, copies of the Blue and White, and two articles by N.L. Nelson: Scientific Aspects of Mormonism, and, The Mormon Point of View. Also includes the copper box that the materials were housed in.

Thesis committee recommendations to the faculty of Brigham Young Academy

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 606
Scope and Contents Includes thesis committee recommendations on three theses submitted for graduation. Committee consisted of Nels Nelson, Walter Wolfe, and J. Brunsen? Theses submitted by David Prior, J.U. Allred, and S.E. Hinkley.