James Howard Nelson

1 Jul 1910 - 26 Jan 2001

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James Howard Nelson

1 Jul 1910 - 26 Jan 2001
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Recorded by Jan Nelson in 2012 (from a letter he received in 1992) Dear Siblings: I was cleaning out my files and found this letter from Dad. It gave me more insight into his attitudes. Read if you like. '...and what a wonderful thing to have been if I had ever received even one paragraph from my fa

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James Howard Nelson

Married: 14 Aug 1934

Pleasant Grove City Cemetery

301-945 Utah 146
Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah
United States


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Contributor: finnsh Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Recorded by Jan Nelson in 2012 (from a letter he received in 1992) Dear Siblings: I was cleaning out my files and found this letter from Dad. It gave me more insight into his attitudes. Read if you like. "...and what a wonderful thing to have been if I had ever received even one paragraph from my father of counsel or advice, or what I should do etc. He never tightened a bolt for me, never helped me repair my bike, never woke me up in time for school, etc. One summer I worked for Mons Monson, thinning sugar beets, to earn some money for Strawberry Days - and to buy a fancy shirt and new Levi's to wear. When Mons refused to pay me, and the other boys who had worked for him, the other boys Dads went to Mons and insisted he pay the boys. My Dad would not got o Mons, as he wanted to be friends with everyone, and I never received my pay. I went around Strawberry Days without any clothes or money. I faced many, many, many heartbreaks after my Mother died. Shows were .15 cents then, and I seldom had the money to go to one. I would walk around town until the streets became pretty much empty, then walk home in the dark past the Cemetery where there was a large mean dog that would come out and sniff my legs and scare me. Then I would go on home, but I'd wait across the street until my Dad came home rather than go into a large cold, empty house alone. My Dad would usually only buy coal by the sack (.35 cents) and then he would only break off small pieces to start a fire in the kitchen stove. I'd sit with my feet in the oven to get warm. Our evening meal was often just sweet rolls (buns) and coffee and cows milk. From this diet with very little bulk, my colon shrunk to the size of a pencil across the top, and the Doctor told me I would need to have oil enemas for the rest of my life. (with a catheter) My father would pass his old shirts down to me when the colars wore thru, and I would have to turn them under to hide the worn part. I was a skinny kid and Dad was a large man, so I had to try to make the shirts fit. While working at Zion, I would hide the catheter device under the matrass but once the cabin maids found it and did not know what it was. They thought I had some desease and they refused to live in the adjacent areas. I earned about 9.50 to buy a wooden bodied coaster wagon from J.C. Penny's in American Fork. I can still see it as we brought it out on the lawn, but Dad had no interest in it. And only on one occasion did I have the dime to buy hot soup from the Domestic Kitchen at the High School. They served Tomato Soup - I can still remember how good that tasted. My Father never went to church after Mother passed away. He always smoked, chewed, and used a pipe. I charged my books for the first years in High School. I later took my money to Smith Drug and paid for the books even thought I needed money for a thousand other things. I also had charged for a batter for my little radio - I paid for that too. My father was not responsible, and often did not show up for work. Once I filled in for him to tar the cracks in the road. He did not support my mother like he should. I have suffered throughout my life with my shrunken colon."

Life timeline of James Howard Nelson

James Howard Nelson was born on 1 Jul 1910
James Howard Nelson was 10 years old when The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage in America. The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was adopted on August 18, 1920.
James Howard Nelson was 29 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
James Howard Nelson was 35 years old when World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. Thirty-five thousand people are killed outright, including 23,200-28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers. Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. The city's name, 長崎, means "long cape" in Japanese. Nagasaki became a centre of colonial Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries, and the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region have been recognized and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War.
James Howard Nelson was 43 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
James Howard Nelson was 55 years old when Thirty-five hundred United States Marines are the first American land combat forces committed during the Vietnam War. The United States Marine Corps (USMC), also referred to as the United States Marines, is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting amphibious operations with the United States Navy. The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the four armed service branches in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.
James Howard Nelson was 63 years old when Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; the South Vietnamese army was supported by the United States, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some US perspectives. The majority of Americans believe the war was unjustified. The war would last roughly 19 years and would also form the Laotian Civil War as well as the Cambodian Civil War, which also saw all three countries become communist states in 1975.
James Howard Nelson was 71 years old when The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) takes place: The STS-1 mission. The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as part of the Space Shuttle program. Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS), taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development. The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982. In addition to the prototype whose completion was cancelled, five complete Shuttle systems were built and used on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Operational missions launched numerous satellites, interplanetary probes, and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST); conducted science experiments in orbit; and participated in construction and servicing of the International Space Station. The Shuttle fleet's total mission time was 1322 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds.
James Howard Nelson was 80 years old when Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.
James Howard Nelson died on 26 Jan 2001 at the age of 90
Grave record for James Howard Nelson (1 Jul 1910 - 26 Jan 2001), BillionGraves Record 28125 Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States