Nelson Next Socrates Nelson--Obituary  


Socrates Nelson's gravestone


The Stillwater Messenger, May 8, 1867

Death of Hon. Socrates Nelson

Another esteemed citizen has passed "over the river." The event had long been anticipated, yet our citizens were shocked on Monday morning on learning that Socrates Nelson was dead. He had been suffering long from pulmonary disease, and his demise was not unexpected--yet thousands of hearts in our city today are pained for the loss of one of our oldest and most highly esteemed citizens. Mr. Nelson was a native of Deerfield, Massachusetts. Possessed of an adventurous and energetic temperament, he left his native place at an early period of life for the West, and in 1844 located in this city--being one of the earliest settlers. From that time until his death on Monday morning, he had been actively engaged in business and in the development of the great North-West. The impress of his sound judgement has been made upon the legislation of our State and upon our county and city governments, and upon the social system of the community. Mr. Nelson was a peculiar man--so much so that his peculiarities made enemies--yet down in the recesses of his heart there was a mine of noble worth that only those who knew him intimately could appreciate.

Hail and farewell, generous friend!

His funeral was attended this afternoon at 3 o'clock from his residence--Rev. Mr. Tuttle of Minneapolis officiating--a large concourse of citizens and many of the old settlers of the State being present. As we write, the cortege is moving to Hazel Grove Cemetery with all that is mortal of our true friend, Socrates Nelson. As an evidence of the esteem entertained for him, most of the business houses of the city were closed this afternoon.