Sylfest Nelson

Fargo, North Dakota

is a typesetter at the Ulsaker Printing Company in Fargo, North Dakota. He saw the first light of day at Gaarden Djonne in Kinservk, Hardanger. After his confirmation he moved into town to learn the book printing trade. After finishing his training he worked as a typographer in various towns in Norway and Sweden and pulled himself to America in the spring of 1905and came to Madison, Wisconsin where he received employment in Prof. R B. Anderson’s publication "America". He worked there for two years. After that he went to the Inland Printers Technical School in Chicago and then he took Employment at the "Decorah Posten" in Decorah, Iowa, and remained there for four 1/2 years. He came to Fargo the first time in the fall of 1912 and worked at the Lokensgard-Quanbeck Printing Company for a time. He moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he worked at "Norrenna" and "Svenska Canada Tidningen" until the spring of 1914. Then he was a singer in the large Norwegian-American Singing Choir that was the guest of Norway in the jubilee festival. After he came back on the return trip he has worked in Fargo, North Dakota for the most part.

Besides the above named places, Mr. Nelson has had short periods of employment in American daily newspapers such as the "Wisconsin State Journal" and the "Madison Democrat" in Madison, Wisconsin, the "Fargo Forum", the "Fargo Daily Courier-News" and the "Grand Forks Herald" among others.

Source: Norwegians and Norwegian Homes in America by Hans Jervell - 1916 - Page 86

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