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.
He was awarded the Purple Heart.

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, Sr.
        Beverly Gae 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 1928-29 Dixie High basketball team with Rex Nelson and John Higgins
WCHS-01368   Photo of the 1928-29 Dixie High 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 Foremaster's 1946-47 St. George Elementary 4th grade class including Clark Nelson
WCHS-01374   Photo of Mrs. Seegmiller's 1947-48 St. George Elementary 5th grade class including Clark
WCHS-01375   Photo of the 1928-29 Dixie High 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 in front of his home
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
WCHS-03300   Photo of of infant Mary Lee Higgins and very young Larry Ray Nelson
WCHS-03301   Photo of a young Larry Ray Nelson
WCHS-03418   Photo of people in the Kay Brooks and Clark Nelson families in 2003
WCHS-04037   Photo of Clark and little sister, Beverly, on a bicycle in 1958
WCHS-04038   Photo of Cleo, Beverly, and Clark Nelson in 1958
WCHS-04039   Photo of Clark Nelson with his mother, Cleo Nelson, in 1958
WCHS-04040   Photo of Clark Nelson and John Lytle Whipple in 1958
WCHS-04041   Photo of Clark Nelson and his paternal grandmother, Euphemia Miles Nelson, in 1958


REFERENCES

Miles Nelson Audio Recording With Family Members, 3/31/1957

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.

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.

My First Second Sunrise
By Clark N. Nelson, Sr.