Eva Nelson was born four miles southwest of Hallock, Minnesota (Kittson County), on June 29, 1884, to Henrik and Sella (Olson) Nelson. She had one younger brother, Cornelius (1887-1983), and one younger sister, Otellia (1889-1919). The family farmed southwest of Hallock, where Eva attended school.
In 1901, Eva began teaching. She taught for many years in several Tine Township, Kittson County schools, until 1921, when she received her teachers’ pension. She then moved to Turlock, California, where she began her second career. Eva then enrolled in the Emmanuel Hospital Nursing School, from which she graduated in November 1923. In 1924, she became the Hospital Director and Supervisor of Nurses at the Emmanuel Hospital. She also served at the Mission Covenant Church Hospital and in private practice until her retirement, sometime around 1957. In 1970 or 1971, she moved into the Brandel Manor Nursing Home, in Turlock.
Eva Nelson died on October 5, 1974 in Turlock, California.
Donation; Acc.# 99-2319
Photograph 1: Nelson Family: Eva, Cornelius, Henrik, Sella, Othelia, 1896
Photograph 2: Eva Nelson, 1898
Photograph 3: Eva Nelson, undated
Photograph 4: Eva Nelson: High School Graduation, undated
Photograph 5: Eva and unidentified woman (maybe cousin), 1906
Photograph 6: Eva and Sella Nelson, 1909
Photograph 7: Eva Nelson, 1916
Photograph 8: Eva Nelson and unidentified woman, undated
Photograph 9: Eva Nelson: taken in Turlock, California, undated
Photograph 10: Eva Nelson, 1923
Photograph 11: Eva Nelson and John Erickson, undated
Photograph 12: Eva Nelson, 1939
Photograph 13: Eva Nelson and Martha Swords, undated
Photograph 14: Eva Nelson, 1954
Photograph 15: Eva Nelson, 1974