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JOHN E. NILSSON – An esteemed resident of Ludlow, Massachusetts, John E. Nilsson was born in Indian Orchard, in that State, November 15, 1884, the son of Jacob, a machinist, and Anna (Jenson) Nilsson. He attended the public schools and the High School of Springfield, and the Mechanical Arts High School of that city, and after his studies took a clerical position in the office of the Chapman Valve Manufacturing Company of Indian Orchard, where he remained for eight years. He then entered the Steven Duryea Plant in the production department.
Here he remained till 1912, when he became associated with A. H. Bartlett, at No. 53 Smith Street, Ludlow, in the printing and wholesale stationery business, where he still remains. On the death of Mr. Bartlett, in October, 1920, the business was incorporated under the name of A. H. Bartlett Inc., and continued under this name until in December, 1924, it became the A. H. Bartlett Co., and as such continues. In addition to his other business interests, Mr. Nilsson is one of the trustees of the Ludlow Savings Bank, and Secretary of the Finance Committee of the town of Ludlow, which office he has held since 1922. Mr. Nilsson is a Mason, being a member of Bingham Lodge, of Ludlow; also Unity Royal Arch Chapter of Chicopee Falls; Springfield Council, Royal and Select Masters; Springfield Commandery, Knights Templar; Melha Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; and he is also a member of Rebekah Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; James W. Harmon Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and Court Indian Leap, Independent Order of Foresters of America. He belongs to the Ludlow County Club, the Ludlow Fish and Game Association, and is vice-president of the Ludlow Athletic and Recreation Association. He is a member of the Union Church and is one of the parish committee.
On August 23, 1911, at Ludlow, Massachusetts, Mr. Nilsson married Katherine Bartlett, daughter of A. H. and Nellie (Joy) Bartlett. They are the parents of a son, Edwin John, born October 5, 1914.