SELMA (NELSON) BERGLOFF

B. December 22, 1906 in Clearwater, Wright County, MN
D. March 22, 1959 in Lake County, IL
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  • Father: Sam Nelson born August 24, 1880 in Telemarken, Norway; Sam died December 6, 1936; buried in United Lutheran Cemetery, Clearwater County, MN; according to an unnamed obit:

“Sam Nelson 1880-1936) – Sam Nelson, Greenwood Township farmer, and a resident of that community for the past 18 years, died at his home Sunday, December 5th at the age of 54 years. He had been failing in health for the past five years.  Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon of last week by Rev. Livingston of Clearbrook at the Bethany church.  Interment was made in the Bethany Cemetery.  Nelson was born in Telemarken, Norway, August 4, 1880 and came to the United States in 1902.  After residing at Bemidji for two years he homesteaded near Leonard and in 1918 bought his presented farm in Greenwood Township.  Surviving are his wife, four daughters, Mrs. Oluf Clemenson of Pengilly, Mrs. Ed Bergloff, Chicago, Gunda and Esther Nelson, of Gonvick, and three sons, Gunvald of Crookston and Nils and Edwin of Gonvick.  One daughter, Mrs. Anton Lindom, passed away in 1930.  Mr. Nelson is also survived by two sisters and three brothers, all of whom with the exception of one brother, reside in Norway.  Ed Nelson lives at St. Vincent.”

  • Mother: Anborg (Oland) Nelson born 1876; Anborg died 1957; buried in United Lutheran Cemetery, Clearwater County, MN; according to an unnamed obit:

“Anborg Nelson 1876-1957 – Funeral services were held for Mrs. Sam Nelson Thursday, May 2, at the United Lutheran Church near Gonvick. Pastor E.M. Berg was in charge of the service.  Burial was made in the church cemetery.  Anborg Oland Nelson was born march 5, 1876, at Telemarken, Norway, a daughter of Bergit and Gjermund Oland.  Educated in Norway, she was a graduate of the Oslo Teachers College.  She was married to Sam Nelson at Gjovedal, Norway.  Surviving are the following children; Bertha Clemenson, Gonvick; Nels Nelson, Gonvick; (Selma) Mrs. Ed Bergloff, Round Lake, Illinois; Gunval Nelson, Seattle, Washington; Mrs. Allen Brue (Gunda) Clearbrook; Mrs. John Allen (Esther) Chicago; and Edwin Nelson, Nashwauk.  Pallbearers at the funeral were Adolph Wagner, Albert Halvorson, Guy Churness, Christ Olson, John Sundal and Matt Berg.”

  • Husband: Gustav Edwin “Cotton Top” Bergloff married on August 5, 1931 in Cook County, IL; Gustav was born March 18, 1903 in Ludvika, Ludivika kommun, Darlanaslän, Sweden; Gustav died January 6, 1991 in Round Lake Beach, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Gustav E. “Cotton Top” Bergloff buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Children:
    1. Edwin Carl Bergloff born on June 23, 1931 in Cook County, IL; Navy veteran (1951-1953); married Joyce Diane Pittelkow; Edwin died May 30, 1974 in Roanoke, VA
    2. Dolores Bergloff born January 3, 1933 in Cook County, IL
    3. Carrol Bergloff born February 10, 1935 in Cook County, IL
    4. Kenneth Dale Bergloff born January 11, 1938 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; married Patricia Eaton; last residence in Round Lake, Lake County, IL; Kenneth died December 17, 2004
  • Siblings:
    • Bergelott “Bertha” Gelina (Nelson) Clemenson January 9, 1902 in Telemashon, Norway; married Olof Marancus Clemenson (1894-1946) on December 24, 1921; Olaf a U.S. Army veteran WW I; last residence in Gonvick, Clearwater County, MN: Bergelott died November 23, 1983 in Saint Louis County, MN; Bergelott and Olaf are buried in United Lutheran Cemetery, Clearwater County, MN
    • Nels Nelson born October 4, 1903; last residence Clearbrook, Clearwater County, MN; Nels died April 14, 1987 in Clearwater County, MN; buried in United Lutheran Cemetery, Clearwater County, MN
    • Thilda “Tillie” S. (Nelson) Lindom born September 16, 1905; married Anton Lindom (1905-1941); Thilda died April 5, 1930; Thilda and Anton are buried in Seljord Lutheran Church Cemetery, Clearbrook, Clearwater County, MN
    • Gunvald Nelson born May 9, 1910; last residence Seattle, King County, WA; Gunvald died February 7, 1989 in Seattle, King County, WA
    • Gunda Eleanora (Nelson) Brue born January 1, 1913 in Clearwater County, MN; married Allen Brue (1915-1964); Gunda died February 18, 1995; buried in Greenwood Lutheran Cemetery, Clearwater County, MN: according to an unknown obit:

Gunda Brue 1913-1995 – Gunda Brue, 82 of Clearbrook, died Saturday, February 18, 1995, at the Good Samaritan Center in Clearbrook. She was born January 1, 1913, in Sinclair Township, the daughter of Anborg and Sam Nelson.  She attended the Neving country school in Sinclair Township.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  She married Allen Brue on November 30, 1946, in Gonvick.  They lived in Greenwood Township and farmed there.  He died on December 22, 1964.  She then worked as a nanny in Seattle and in Minneapolis.  She moved back to Clearbrook into the Brookfield Apartments on May 17, 1983 where she lived until entering the Good Samaritan Center in January 1995.  She was a member of the United Lutheran Church in Bemer, the Greenwood Lutheran Church and a present member of the Good Shephard Lutheran WELCA and was a member of the Good Samaritan Center Auxiliary.  Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband; four sisters, Tilda Lindom, Bertha Clemenson, Selma Bergloff and Esther Allen; three brother, Neils, Gunvald and Edwin Nelson.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 23, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, in Clearbrook with the Rev. Gary Boen officiating.  Visitation is one hour before the service at the church.  Interment will be at Greenwood Lutheran Cemetery in Clearbrrok under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home, Bagley.”

    • Esther Alvina (Nelson) Allen born April 15, 1915 Gonvick, Clearwater County, MN; Esther died January 11, 1991; buried in United Lutheran Cemetery, Clearwater County, MN
    • Edwin Carl Wilhelm Nelson born February 20, 1917 in Clearwater County, MN; Army Air Corps. Veteran WW II (1942-1945); Edwin died May 27, 1991 in Itasca County, MN; buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Itasca County, MN

Additional Information:

According to the 1910 U.S. Census for Sinclair Township, Clearwater County, MN the household members were: Sam Nelson, head, age 29, married once for 8 years, born in Norway, parents born in Norway, immigrated in 1902, occupation: farmer – general farm; Anborg Nelson, wife, age 33, married once for 8 years, 4 children born, 4 children living, born in Norway, parents born in Norway; Bertha Nelson, daughter, age 8, single, born in Norway; Nels Nelson, son, age 6, single, born in Minnesota; Tilda Nelson, daughter, age 4, single, born in Minnesota; Selma Nelson, daughter, age 3, single, born in Minnesota.

According to the 1920 U.S. Census for Windsor Township, Clearwater County, MN the household members were: Sam Nelson, head, age 39, married, immigrated in 1902, naturalized in 1910, born in Norway, parents born in Norway, occupation: farmer – general farm; Anborg Nelson, wife, age 42, married, immigrated in 1902, naturalized in 1910, born in Norway, parents born in Norway; Bertha C. Nelson, daughter, age 18, single, immigrated in 1902, born in Norway; Nils Nelson, son, age 16, single, born in Minnesota, Tillie S. Nelson, daughter, age 12, single, born in Minnesota; Selma Nelson, Daughter, age 12, single, born in Minnesota; Gundvald Nelson, son, age 9, single, born in Minnesota; Gunda E. Nelson, daughter, age 7, single, born in Minnesota; Esther E. Nelson, daughter, age 4 9/12, single, born in Minnesota; Edwin C. Nelson, son, age 2 10/12, single, born in Minnesota.

According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Bovey Village, Itasca County, MN the household members were: Olaf Clemenson, head, age 36, married at age 27, born in North Dakota, parents born in Norway, occupation: car repairer – iron mind; Bertha Clemenson, wife, age 28, married at age 19, born in Norway, parents born in Norway, immigrated in 1902; Irene Clemenson, daughter, age 7, single, born in Minnesota; Maves Clemenson, daughter, age 6, single, born in Minnesota; Ferol Clemenson, daughter, age 1 6/12, single, born in Minnesota; Felice Clemenson, daughter, age 0/12, single, born in Minnesota; Selma Nelson, sister in law, age 23, single, born in Minnesota, occupation: servant – private family; Nels Nelson, bro in law, age 26, single, born in Minnesota, occupation: pitman – iron mine.

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Round Lake Beach Village, Avon Township, Lake County, IL living on Partridge Court the household members were: Gustaf Bergloff, head, age 37, married, highest grade completed: 7, born in Sweden, lived in Chicago, IL in 1935, occupation: machinist – can company; Selma Bergloff, wife, age 33, married, highest grade completed: H-4, born in Minnesota, lived in Chicago, IL in 1935, Edwin Bergloff, son, age 8, single, highest grade completed: 2, born in Illinois; Dolores Bergloff, daughter, age 7, single, highest grade completed: 1, born in Illinois; Carrol Bergloff, daughter, age 5, single, born in Illinois; Kenneth Bergloff, son, age 2, single, born in Illinois