Alexander Nicholson1849 - Aft 1910 (> 62 years)
Name Alexander Nicholson  Born 13 Oct 1849 Thurso, Caithness  Gender Male Died Aft 1910 Holstein, Iowa, United States of America  Person ID I10997 My Relatives Last Modified 16 Oct 2019
Father James Nicholson, b. 22 Jun 1802, Walls & Flotta, Orkney Isles Relationship natural Mother Christina Stuart, b. Abt 1800 Relationship natural Family ID F4279 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Margaret Park, b. 1851, South Ronaldsay, Orkney , d. Holstein, Iowa, United States of America Married 21 Jun 1871 South Ronaldsay, Orkney  Children 1. Elizabeth Nicholson, b. 1871, South Ronaldsay, Orkney [natural] 2. Jessie Nicholson, b. 1875, South Ronaldsay, Orkney [natural] 3. Alexander Nicholson, b. 1876, South Ronaldsay, Orkney [natural] 4. Emma Nicholson, b. 1879, South Ronaldsay, Orkney [natural] 5. Margaret Nicholson, b. 1880, South Ronaldsay, Orkney [natural] Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 Family ID F4277 Group Sheet | Family Chart
at marriage 'Berridale'
at 1881 census at Roeberry Cottage, South Ronaldsay a Farm Servant
by 1895 in Iowa
The old world has given to the new many upright, honorable men who have
brought with the qualities of industry, thrift and enterprise, which constitute
the basis of good citizenship. To this class belongs Alexander Nicholson, who
was long numbered among the leading agriculturists of Ida county and is now
living retired in Holstein, having well earned a period of leisure. A native of
Scotland, he was born October 13, 1849, and his parents, James and Christina
(Stuart) Nicholson, were lifelong residents of that country. In their family
were nine children: Thomas who became widely known as the builder of
Marshall Field's great store in Chicago and is now deceased; Alexander; John, who was for many years a foreman in the railroad shops at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and
has passed away; James, who, like his brothers, became an expert stone-cutter and successful building contractor and is now deceased; David who followed the bricklayer's trade for many years and is now living retired in Chicago;
William, who is engaged in farming in Michigan; Jessie and Donald, who have passed away; and Stuart, who established his home in California and there spent the remainder of his life.
To Mr. And Mrs. Nicholson
were born ten children: Elebeth, who is the wife of Frank McCrey, of Schaller, Iowa; Christina now Mrs. Edward Swanson, of Florida; Jessie, who married John Gordon of Streator, Illinois; Alexander, Jr., who lives in Plumgaard, Lyon county, Iowa; Emma, the wife of Theodore Copland, of Cushing, this state; Margaret, who was united in marriage to Charles Copland, of Holstein; Mary, the wife of William Hegerdorn, of Sioux City, Iowa; Cora, now Mrs. Clifford Conover, of Holstein; Blenda, deceased; and Viva, who is the wife of Edgar Linder, of Holstein.
Mr. Nicholson is an earnest member of the Presbyterian church and exercises
his right of franchise in support of the candidates of the democratic party.
He takes the interest of a good citizen in public affairs but has never
entered politics. His life has been one of simplicity, devoid of all affectation,
and his moral worth is indicated by the high regard entertained for him by the
residents of Holstein and Ida county.
Alexander Nicholson was educated in his native land and when nineteen years
of age was sent to the isle of South Ronaldsay, one of the Orkney group, to
teach the fishermen how to cultivate the soil and develop the agricultural
resources of that region. He devoted twelve years to that work, in which he was
very successful, and the Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland awarded him
a gold metal in recognition of his services. In 1882 Mr. Nicholson sought
the opportunities of the United States and spent one year in Chicago. He then
continued his journey westward and acquired a tract of land in Buena Vista
county, Iowa, where he lived for about fifteen years, developing one of the fine
ranches of that section On the expiration of that period he moved to Ida
county and eventually became the owner of a valuable farm of two hundred and
twenty-four acres. He brought to his occupation a scientific knowledge of modern
agriculture and an intelligent. Open and liberal mind, and aided in raising
the standards of farming in his district. Through unceasing application and
good management he accumulated a substantial competence and in 1910 was able to retire, building a beautiful home in Holstein, where he has since resided.
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Date of Import: 5 Nov 2007
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