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Biography of Jesse N. Nelson

JESSE N. NELSON. The business in which Jesse N. Nelson is engaged is a most important one, and he has found that since engaging in it his time has been fully occupied. He is the proprietor of a mill and cotton-gin at Buford and as a means of livelihood he has found that this occupation has been reasonably successful. He is a native of Pontotock (now Lee) County, Miss.. born February 8, 1858, a son of William and Martha (Carter) Nelson, both of whom were born in Mississippi, and were there reared, educated and married. In 1870 they removed to Arkansas and located in the vicinity of Buford on a woodland farm which he cleared and tilled until his death, being also engaged in cotton-ginning and merchandising. He was a shrewd and far-seeing man of affairs, made a success of nearly everything he undertook, and eventually became wealthy. He met with some reverses, for his mill and gin were once burned downed and at another time they were blown down; but his energy soon retrieved these losses. Throughout the Civil War he was a member of Forrest’s cavalry, serving in the capacity of captain part of the time, and was a participant in many battles. He returned to the pursuits of civil life after the war was over, became well and favorably known throughout the northern part of the State and counted his friends in his own community by the score. It was largely through his influence that the post office at Buford was established, and in other ways he showed himself to be a public spirited-citizen. He was...

Biography of George Newton Nelson

GEORGE NEWTON NELSON. This successful general merchant of Buford, Arkansas, is also the efficient postmaster of the place, a position to which he was appointed by President Cleveland in 1885. Although young in years, he has shown commercial ability of a high order, and has proven it to be a fact that good management, fair dealing and application to business will result in profit to the parties at interest. Failure rarely, if ever, comes to him who devotes himself conscientiously to his work, and to him who would succeed energy and perseverance are leading essentials. Mr. Nelson was born in Lee County, Miss., October 21, 1866, to William and Martha (Carter) Nelson (for a history of whom see the sketch of Jesse N. Nelson), but his education was received in Buford. He was reared in his father’s store, and after the latter’s death in 1885 he and his brothers, Jesse N., J. A. and W. B., then engaged in business together, and successfully carried on the business so ably inaugurated by their worthy sire, for a number of years. Then George Newton Nelson became the sole proprietor by purchase, and in addition to looking after his store carried on farming also, having a half interest in 500 acres of fine river bottom land. He is an enterprising young man, honest and industrious, and is in every way deserving of the success which has attended his efforts. He has held the position of notary public for four years, and has been postmaster of Buford a like length of time. He is a member of E. M. Tate Lodge No. 320,...

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