From: "Histoire de la
Corporation de la Cite de Montreal"
By J. Cleophas Lamothe, Avocat & La Violette et Masse editeurs,
Montreal Printing and Publishing Company Ltd. 1903
"Canadian Men & Women of the Time 1912"
Ed. Henry James Morgan, Toronto, William Briggs, Richmond St. W., 1912
Alderman Fred E. Nelson was born in Montreal in 1853, and is the youngest son of Alderman Horatio A. Nelson, who was a member of the Montreal Council for fourteen years, the greater part of which time he served as chairman of the finance committee.
Frederick Nelson was educated at Montreal High School and in 1868 entered the business of H.A. Nelson & Sons, which his father had established and carried it on, after the latter's death, until January 1901, when, in consequence of a confagration which destroyed the warehouse, the firm decided to wind up it's business. The firm had been in operation for sixty-three years as wholesale dealers of fancy goods, toys, notions etc., and as manufacturers of brooms, woodenware, brushes etc. Since 1876 Alderman Nelson had been buyer for the firm.
He holds many positions of trust. He is president of the Accident and Guarantee Company of Canada, vice-president of the Amherst Park Land Company, The Citizens Gas Control Company, director of the Auer Light Company, of the Kinetic Heat Company, and of the Montreal Arena Company, a life governor of the Montreal General Hospital and on the Board of Management of the Western Hospital.
Alderman Nelson has always taken a great interst in athletics. He is a life member of the M.A.A.A., of which he was director for several years, and is the first President of the Montreal Lacrosse Club. He was formerly an officer in the 6th Fussiliers, retireing with the rank of Captain.
Upon the resignation of Alderman McBride immediately after the election of 1902, Alderman Nelson was unanimously elected to his seat for West Ward.
In 1874 he married Miss M.C. Stevens of Durham, Quebec. He is a lifelong Liberal and a Presbyterian.
Residence: 38 Crescent
His son-in-law John Matthews Wolferstan Thomas (married to his daughter Lotta Stevens Nelson )
*Researching Fred Nelson (actually his brother Horatio William Nelson).........Patty Brown
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