Rex & Cleo Nelson

WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)

REX & CLEO NELSON FAMILY

(St. George residents, butcher, merchant, mechanic, salesman)

BIOGRAPHY

Miles Nelson was wounded Christmas Day of 1944 - Belgium - the Ardennes - Battle of the Bulge - Purple Heart.

John Higgins owned a barber shop in the Snow building. He also owned a men's clothing store called "The Toggery" in that building. When Higgins moved to Boulder City NV, his brother-in-law, Glenn Prisbrey, owned and operated the barber shop. Glenn Prisbrey's wife, Jessie, was John Higgins' sister. Clark Nelson shined shoes there as a youngster. Blaine Fawcett was the other barber.

In Nevada, John Higgins held the position of Speaker of the Assembly. Nevada had only one house of government so the Speaker of the Assembly is likened to the Speaker of the House. At one time, John Higgins served as Governor Pro-Tem.

Larry Nelson succumbed to cancer in 1947.

Clark Nelson married Peggy Jean Wyatt who was born in Atlanta GA and was raised in Powder Springs, part of metro-Atlanta. After a four-year enlistment in the U. S. Air Force, they settled back in Georgia. After 46 years of marriage, Peggy was taken by cancer on November 28, 2005.


FAMILY

Rex's Parents and Siblings:
    Henry Ernest Nelson
    Euphemia Miles Nelson  
        Alice Nelson
        Rex M. Nelson
        Ray B. Nelson
        Miles Ernest Nelson
        Evelyn Nelson

(12/15/1881-2/21/1931)   (married xx/xx/xxxx)
(4/28/1890-7/29/1973)   (went by the nickname, "Famie")
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Frank Milne)
(9/8/1912-8/18/1968)   (married Cleo Higgins)
(9/8/1912-3/6/1935)
(8/22/1917-8/30/2001)   (married Melba Swapp)
(xx/xx/xxxx-12/10/2012)   (married Norman J. Hunt)

Cleo's Parents and Siblings:
    John McMurtrie Higgins
    Effie Worthen Higgins
        Clark Worthen Higgins
        Cleo Higgins
        [Baby Daughter] Higgins
        Beverly Higgins


(5/11/1888-4/26/1959)   (married xx/xx/xxxx)
(2/4/1889-2/5/1952)
(11/14/1908-3/19/1987)   (married Mary Lee)
(6/29/1913-7/12/2010)   (married Rex M. Nelson)
(8/17/1920-8/17/1920)
(xx/xx/xxxx-2/25/2008)   (married Doug Baker)

Rex & Cleo's Family:
    Rex M. Nelson
    Cleo Higgins Nelson
        Larry Ray Nelson
        Clark N. Nelson
        Beverly Nelson


(9/8/1912-8/18/1968)   (married xx/xx/xxxx)
(6/29/1913-7/12/2010)
(10/30/1933-6/13/1947)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Peggy Jean Wyatt)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Olson)


PHOTOS

Rex, Clark, Larry, and Cleo Nelson
WCHS-01381     Rex, Clark, Larry, and Cleo Nelson in 1943

Other WCHS photos:
WCHS-01358     Photo of Rex Nelson on his horse "Snip"
WCHS-01359     Photo of three kids in front of the Rex Nelson home
WCHS-01360     Photo of a 1929 Dixie High School track meet with Rex Nelson
WCHS-01363     Photo of family in front of the OK Market on Main Street in St. George
WCHS-01366     Photo of the 1928-1929 Dixie High School basketball team with Rex Nelson and John Higgins
WCHS-01368     Photo of the 1928-1929 Dixie High School basketball team including Rex Nelson at the St. George Airport
WCHS-01370     People at the counter of Rex's Fountain in St. George
WCHS-01372     Photo of a patriotic program with Clark Nelson at the old St. George Elementary School
WCHS-01373     Photo of Florence Foremaster's 1946-1947 4th grade class including Clark Nelson at St. George Elementary School
WCHS-01374     Photo of Mrs. Seegmiller's 1947-1948 5th grade class including Clark Nelson at St. George Elementary School
WCHS-01375     Photo of the 1928-1929 Dixie High School basketball team including Rex Nelson
WCHS-01376     Photo of siblings Ray Nelson, Rex Nelson, and Alice Nelson
WCHS-01377     Photo of Cleo Higgins at age 12
WCHS-01380     Photo of Cleo Nelson, Beverly Nelson, and Clark Nelson
WCHS-01383     Photo of the Rex & Cleo Nelson Family and the Frank & Alice Milne Family
WCHS-01386     Photo of Rex & Cleo Nelson
WCHS-01387     Photo of Larry and Clark Nelson
WCHS-01389     Photo of Clark & Peggy Nelson
WCHS-01392     Photo of Cleo Higgins at age 18
WCHS-01410     Photo of a group of Nelson relatives in front of the Nelson home
WCHS-01411     Photo of a group of Nelson female relatives in front of the Nelson home
WCHS-01413     Photo of Rex Nelson and his son, Clark
WCHS-01414     Photo of Clark Nelson in the 1940s
WCHS-01415     Photo of Clark Nelson in 1958 with Euphemia "Famie" Miles Nelson Whipple Prince in the background
WCHS-01416     Photo of J. L. Whipple, Beverly Nelson, and Rex Nelson
WCHS-02283     Photo of family members at Oak Grove around 1942
WCHS-02284     Photo of family members at Oak Grove around 1942
WCHS-02534     Photo of the Rex & Cleo Nelson family in a Roy Rogers movie
WCHS-03084     Photo of Clark Nelson and his young daughter
WCHS-03134     Photo of Clark N. Nelson Sr. at about 6 months of age in 1937
WCHS-03201     Photo of Cleo Higgins [Nelson] at the Woodward School around 1920 or 1921
WCHS-03202     Photo of Lawrence Adams, Rex Nelson, and Lee Adams following a successful fishing trip
WCHS-03217     Photo of Clark Nelson holding his little sister Beverly Nelson
WCHS-03220     Photo of Clark Nelson pulling a float in a Dixie Roundup Parade


REFERENCES

Faded Valor
by Clark N. Nelson, Sr.
Memories of World War II and some of it's local heroes.

Tumbleweeds and Rye
A tribute to Larry Ray Nelson by his brother, Clark N. Nelson, Sr.

Scrapbook of Larry Ray Nelson
from Clark N. Nelson, Sr.
Large (10.8 MB) file - may take a while to load

Heat, Haze, and Heldorado: The First Encounter
A glimpse of life in St. George and a trip to Las Vegas
by Clark N. Nelson, Sr.
A related video with them at the Heldorado rodeo in Las Vegas
    showing Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Gabby Hayes, and The Sons of the Pioneers

From Curtis to Eleanor: An exercise in Proximity and Happenstance
by Clark N. Nelson, Sr.
March 2, 2016