From 'Echoing Footsteps', published 1967, Powder River County Extension Homemakers Council
By Nels Pearson
Nels Pearson left his native Sweden, in 1910, at the age of 17. He landed in Philadelphia. His two aunts were living in Chicago, so he continued on to see them. He obtained work in a curtain factory where he packed window shades for $1.50 per day. His partner helping him was an Indian from Montana. The job was very boring and the Indian told glowing tales of the wages in the Butte mines, so Nels hopped a box car for Butte. He was broke when he arrived in Miles City, so went to work for Charley Daly for a year and a half. After spending another winter in Chicago, he decided Montana was the better place, so he came back to Stacey to work for Mott Ball driving stage. His homestead was on Big Pumpkin Creek. This he sold to Joe Gaskill before serving in France with the Armed Services in World War 1. Upon his return, he worked at several ranches and the Bidwell sawmill before purchasing railroad land and Winifred Ford's homestead. He and Rose Jesser of Berthoud, Colorado, were married in 1951.