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Nelson, Louis F., 808 E. 44th Street

Kansas City, Missouri Its History and Its People 1800-1908 by Carrie Westlake Whitney, vol. III, 1908

Louis Nelson

The L. F. Nelson Realty Company, of which the subject of this review is the president, has operated extensively and successfully in Kansas City had has developed a number of the most attractive residence districts here. Mr. Nelson is yet a comparatively young man but in his undertakings has attained noteworthy success. He was born at Atchison, Kansas, January 24, 1875. His father, Swan Nelson, was a stone contractor who came to Kansas City in 1867 and made a permanent residence here. His window, who in her maidenhood was Emma Storm, now resides with her son, Louis. Both parents were natives of Sweden and came to the new world in youth, Swan Nelson making the voyage alone, while the mother came with her parents. They met and were married in this country. Their family consisted of five children, all of who are living: Louis F., of this review; Leroy, an assayer in Colorado; Albert, with the Jenkins Music company, of Kansas City; and Sophia and Lillian, at home.

The removal of the family to Kansas City in 1876 enabled Louis F. Nelson to pursue his education in the ward and high schools, while later he attended Spalding’s Business College, from which he was graduated in 1895. He then took a civil service examination and in 1896 was appointed a clerk in the post office. He remained there for six years and in 1902 left the office to accept a position with the Whipple-Woods Realty company, assuming chare of the sales and advertising departments. His association with that firm continued until early in 1905, when he engaged in the real-estate business, in which he has handled several important additions, including Swope View, Home View, High Acres and Minerva Place, the last named being one of the finest new residential additions to the city. While he has carried on his real-estate operations, Mr. Nelson has noted and improved the opportunity for judicious investments and is now the owner of several valuable pieces of Kansas City real estate, including his residence at No. 808 East Forty-fourth street, where his mother resides with him.

Mr. Nelson is a member of the Kansas City Real Estate Exchange, of the Masonic fraternity and of various social organizations. He likewise belongs to the republican Club, has been a delegate to various conventions of the party and has served as clerk of elections in the twelfth ward. He belongs to the South Prospect Christian church and is interested in all public and charitable movements, being a liberal donor to the latter. A lover of literature and of music, he has become possessed of a large and attractive library and many of his most pleasant hours are spent in the companionship of the masterminds of all ages. While at the high school he was organizer of the Glee club and took a very active part in musical evens of the time. He became president of the club and was also a member of the Society of Literature and History and also of the Platonian society. His manner is one of frank cordiality and geniality and his unfailing courtesy and loyalty to those with whom he is associated in business or social relations has made him very popular.