William Nelson (1886 - 1976)

ADVERTISEMENT BY ANCESTRY.COM

Summary

William Nelson’s biography is built and maintained by people like you. Create an online profile of William so that his life is remembered forever. If any factual information is incorrect, please edit William’s biography.

William Nelson Biography & Family History

This genealogy profile is dedicated to the life and ancestry of William Nelson and his immediate Nelson family. Add to William Nelson's genealogy page to share your memories & historical research with his family and other genealogy hobbyists.

Birth

Death

Cause of death

There is no cause of death listed for William.

Burial / Funeral

Do you know the final resting place - gravesite in a cemetery or location of cremation - of William Nelson? Add burial and funeral information.

Obituary

Last Known Residence

Thornton, Whitman County, Washington

Average Age

Life Expectancy

Family

Add family members

Education

Did William finish grade school, get a GED, go to high school, get a college degree or masters? What schools or universities did William attend? Add education.

Professions

Share what William did for a living or if he had a career or profession. Add Profession.

Military Service

It is unknown if William Nelson is a military veteran.

Middle name

Unknown. Add middle name

Surnames

Ethnicity

Unknown. Add William's ethnicity.

Nationality

Unknown. Add William's nationality.

Religion

Unknown. Was William a religious man? Add William’s religion

Gender

Male

Family Photos

Pictures really do say a thousand words. Add photos of William during various points of his life.

Timeline

1886 - In the year that William Nelson was born, on May 4th, a general strike began in Chicago. Workers were striking for an 8 hour workday and in protest of the killing - by police - of several workers the day before. When an unknown person threw a dynamite bomb, the strike became violent. Seven policemen were killed as well as 4 civilians. It became known as the Haymarket Riot and eventually resulted in an 8 hourwork day as well as commemorations on May 1st for worker's rights.

1891 - At the age of just 5 years old, William was alive when James Naismith, at the Springfield Massachusetts YMCA, invented the game of basketball. Originally using two peach baskets and a soccer ball, he created the game to keep his students active during the long, harsh New England winters.

1924 - By the time he was 38 years old, Macy's department store in New York held its first "Thanksgiving parade" on November 27th at 9a - during church services but leaving plenty of time to attend the big football game between Syracuse and Columbia universities. The parade was held as a way to promote the opening of the “World’s Largest Store” and its 1 million square feet of retail space in Manhattan’s Herald Square. The parade was 6 miles long and included floats, Macy's employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and sword-wielding knights, and animals from Central Park Zoo. Santa Claus, of course, brought up the rear - opening the Christmas shopping season for Macy's.

1965 - He was 79 years old when the television show "I Spy" premiered in the fall season on NBC. The stars were Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, making Cosby the first African American to headline a television show. Four stations - in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama - refused to air the show.

1976 - In the year of William Nelson's passing, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

William Nelson Family Tree

Who was William’s parents? Did he get married and did they have children? Share William’s family tree to share his legacy and genealogy pedigree.

William's Family
Add a parent
Add a parent
William Nelson
Add a partner
Add a child
Add a sibling

You can add or remove people from William's family tree by clicking here.

Obituary

This obit of William Nelson is updated by the community. Edit this biography to contribute to his obituary. Include details such as cemetery, burial, newspaper obituary and grave or marker inscription if available.

William Nelson died in June 1976 at age 89. No cause of death has been entered for William. He was born on August 31, 1886. There is no information about William's immediate family. We know that William Nelson had been residing in Thornton, Whitman County, Washington.

Memories

What do you remember about William Nelson? Share your memories of special moments and stories you have heard about him. Or just leave a comment to show the world that William is remembered.

Write a comment

Other Records of William Nelson

ADVERTISEMENT BY ANCESTRY.COM

Other Biographies

Sources