Saturday, July 9, 2011


Christian Edward Nielson
By Jim Baggett

Christian Edward “Ed” Nielson was born in Richfield, Utah, on December 14, 1886.  It can be presumed that he went to school for only two or three years, since his daughter Erma wrote that his formal education ended around the age of seven.  At that time he had to start working in the fields to help support his family after his father’s back was broken in an accident.  When Ed was nine years old he traveled 50 miles from Richfield to a place called Blue Mountain and back, presumably by horseback, to obtain a milk cow for the family.  The Nielson family lived in a log house on a farm at Richfield.  When Ed was about eleven, the family moved to Spring Glen for about two years.  It has been written that while there he worked for Matt Warner, a famous outlaw who later became a Justice of the Peace.

When the family moved to Winter Quarters in 1902, Ed was 15 years old and by the time he was 20 he was working in the coal mines. 

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