Knut Nelson

Mr. and Mrs. Knut Nelson

Born in Uddevall, Sweden in 1892, Knut Nelson came to the United States alone in 1912, making his way to Fargo, North Dakota, and then to Blabon, where he worked the harvest fields. That fall, he went to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to work on the railroad. In 1914, he moved to Makoti, where he worked for John Braathen until 1917, when he took a homestead a mile and a half south of Roseglen.

He and Magda Ophaug were married in 1917. Mrs. Nelson was born in Trondheim, Norway in 1885, and came to America alone when she was seventeen. Prior to her marriage, she had worked at Glenwood and Starbuck, Minnesota, and at Wilton, Underwood, and Makoti, North Dakota.

Mr. and Mrs. Nelson had two daughters, Evelyn and Frances. They farmed in the Roseglen community until 1933, when they moved into the village of Roseglen and operated a bar, cafe and gas station until 1949, then moved to Minot. In 1959, they moved again, this time to Kalispell, Montana, where they built a new home for themselves. Mrs. Nelson died there in 1964.

Knut returned to Sweden to visit relatives in 1964, making the trip with his granddaughter, Sandra Kolden. They returned to Kalispell, where Knut was still living in 1967, when the Golden Jubilee book was published.

His daughter, Evelyn, and son-in-law, Chris Kolden, ran the store in Roseglen, and Chris was also the postmaster. Chris had been working in stores since he was seventeen, when he went to work at the Roseglen Mercantile, later working for Olsen's Red and White Store.