Andrew and Rosetta Frances (Melvin) Nelson   

Charles Melvin, born Jan 1811 in Ohio, married Nancy, born April 1841 in Missouri, about 1860.  They had Charles E. Dec 1865 and Adson F. July 1873 in Illinois.  The FindaGrave for Linn Grove Cemetery in Greeley has a birth date of 1822, dying Oct 24,1908.  # 65229119 and Nancy 1841-1911 65229118.


In 1880 Andrew, 30, born in Sweden, and Rosetta, 19, are in De Witt County, Illinois.

Andrew timber-claimed a quarter in 15, 8N 48W in 1895.

Nannie C. Nelson married Everett Davis July 2, 1899, recorded in Logan County.

In 1900 Logan County Andrew and Rosettie have Nellie A. April 1883, Alma M. Oct 1885, Bessie G. May 1890 - the three girls born in Illinois - and Andrew E. Sep 1895 Colorado.

Alma Mae Nelson married Robert Bamford March 16, 1902, recorded in Logan County.

Nellie A. Nelson married Ralph L. Hichsm March 19, 1902, recorded in Logan County.

Bessie Grace Nelson married Howard E. Farner January 29, 1908, recorded in Logan County.

In 1910 Logan County Andrew, Rosettie, and Earl A. are faming.

In 1920 Logan County, on the same census page as Isaac Gleason who claimed land in section 15, are Andrew 79 and Rosetta F. 58.  He immigrated from Sweden in 1868, naturalized in 1880, and she was born in Illinois.

The next household "on the road N.E. and S.E. of Fleming Town" are Earl A. 24 Nelson and Audrey F. 23, both born in Colorado.

Andrew 1840-1926 and Rosettie Frances Nelson - 1861-1924 are buried in Haxtun, and so is son Earle Andrew Nelson 1895-1994.

Mr. Nelson was born Sept. 26, 1895 on the homestead in Logan County southeast of Fleming.
He received his elementary education at rural school near his home and then attended high school in Sterling. After graduating he started farming and lived on and farmed and ranched the land homesteaded by his father most of his life.
He married Audrey Greeman, who was teaching school in the area, May 1, 1918 at the First Baptist Church in Sterling.


Nannie Christine Nelson Davis is buried in Haxtun 1881-1949  43529668 with husband Everett Davis.


In 1910 Ralph L. Hicks, born in Indiana, and Nellie Illinois, both 27 have Eugene 3.  They've had one infant die. 

Farmhand as a Bank robber

Bank cashier murdered

Later on thief overpowered


February 1915 - The little town of Haxtun, situated 37 miles east of Sterling, Colo. witnessed late Thursday afternoon a robbers’ drama that could fit in one of the great film companies. Around 2 o’clock pm a man stepped into the bank and wished to have a bank draft cashed. In the bank at that time was only 24-year old assistant cashier John Brunke. Turning his back towards the visitor,-later this man was recognized as a man employed at a farm nearby named Bill Thompson-Thompson attacked him. Brunke tried to snatch a revolver from his drawer, when a shot from Thompson’s revolver rang out and penetrated his neck and came out from his mouth. Another shot hit his shoulder and a third went through his stomach. Brunke fell dead to the floor. Thompson took all the money he could find and rushed out where his horse was waiting. Off he went through the village. The sound from the shooting had been heard and many persons rushed into the streets. At once they had understood what has happened. Many automobiles with armed men from the village took up the hunt. When flying Thompson fired his revolver and emptied his pockets of money. The balls from the firearm of the robber hit the automobiles but none of the pursuers were damaged. When one of the automobiles was close Ralph Hicks stood up and shot a bullet, that hit Thompson’s horse, and in the fall from the horse Thompson lost his revolver and was overpowered, and badly beaten. Paul Beckman, manager of Farmers Grain & Trading Co. managed with a well-directed strike from his gun hit Thompson so he became unconscious, and in that condition he was taken back to Haxtun. Meanwhile men had gathered and they spoke of lynching. If not the president of the robbed bank, D.W. Scott had spoken to them and told that the prisoner was unconscious they had done the lynching. Later that day Thompson was taken to Sterling, that was considered safer.

The money thrown out by Thompson when flying was found but for 2000 dollar, that surely was found later. Cashier Emil Larson made a telephone call to United States Guarantee and Trust Co. in Denver, in which the bank was insured against burglary.  

Translated from the Swedish SVENSK AMERICAN of Denver by Margareta Engstrom - May 2014


In 1920 Douglas County, Colorado Ralph L. is a hotel keeper, and they have Eugene C. and Stanley E. 8.

In 1930 San Bernardino, California Ralph is a carpenter, Eugene a bookkeeper.


Ralph is a carpenter in the Santa Fe shops in 1940 San Bernardino. 

Ralph L. Hicks, born Oct 29, 1882, died Sep 3, 1958 in Los Angeles, mother's name Hemphill.

Nellie died Jun 4, 1970 in San Bernardino.

February 20, 1968 San Bernardino

Eugene C. Hicks, 60, 3753 Stansell Drive, Riverside, died Saturday, Fontana hospital. Native Colorado, resident Riverside 40 years. Inventory management  -  mother, Mrs. Nellie A. Hicks, Colton; brother, Stan San Bernardino   Services: 10 a.m. Friday, Garden of Prayer Chapel.


from county records, Stanley E. Hicks was born on December 7, 1911 in Colorado to Ralph Hicks of Kansas and Nellie Nelson of Illinois. He married Vera May Knoop and they lived at 3296 "H" Street in San Bernardino. They had at least two children. He was a librarian at Arrowhead Manufacturing(Wholesale) for 17 years. He is buried in Montecito Cemetery in Colton, San Bernardino County. Died Sep 2, 1993.  # 42623625


Robert Bamford proved up a quarter in 4, 8N 48W in 1907.

Alma May Bamford 1885-1984 is buried in Haxtun 58776316


Bessie Grace Nelson Farner is buried in Haxtun 1890 -1981. 

Haxtun Harvest, Haxtun, CO, August 28, 1935


Had Been Farmer in Haxtun Community for Nearly 35 Years

Funeral services were held at the Brethren Church Sunday for Howard E. Farner, 55, who passed away at a hospital in Haxtun last Thursday. Mr. Farner had been ill less than a week, and had undergone a major operation a few days before his death.

Mr. Farner had been a resident of the Haxtun community for 35 years. Coming here as a young man when the country was sparsely settled, he played an important part in the early development of farming in this section. Like many others who pioneered in Phillips and Logan counties, Mr. Farner experienced many events, both oppressive and encouraging during the early days.

Howard Edward Farner was born at Elkhart, IL on August 28, 1879, and passed away at Haxtun, CO on August 22, 1935, at the age of 55 years, eleven months and 25 days.

He was the sixth child of George and Philena Farner. He, with his parents, resided in Illinois until 1892, when they moved to a farm near Hastings, NE. In 1901 the family moved to Haxtun, CO.

In the year 1908, on January 29, he was united in marriage with Miss Bessie Grace Nelson. To this union was born one son, Harold Merle, who died in infancy six years ago. Mr. Farner's father, mother, two sisters, Florence and Alice, and two brothers, Irvin and Harry, all preceded him in death.

He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, two sisters, Mrs. Ada Van Every of Hastings, NE, Mrs. Gertrude Campbell of Haxtun, and a brother Fred, also of Haxtun, in addition to other relatives and a host of friends.