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Nelson Francis Bruce
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Birth: 1858
Death: Apr. 27, 1948

Nelson F. Bruce
Among the old settlers in Keya Paha County, Nebraska, none occupies a more prominent place that the above mentioned gentleman, Nelson F Bruce. He is one of the pioneers who teamed into the county from Wisner, Nebraska, and since his coming to this section has done his full share in the upbuilding of the community.

Mr. Bruce was born in Wisconsin in 1857, on his father's farm. He is a son of Jeduthen (sic) Bruce, of Scotch blood, and a pioneer settler in Keya Paha County, coming here in 1884. He [Jeduthun] remained here until his death, which occurred in 1901.

The mother of our subject was of English descent, and of her family of three children he was the youngest member. He was reared in the state of his birth, assisting his father in the farm work, and attending the public schools, remaining in that locality until 1881, when he came to Nebraska, locating in Madison County where he lived for one year.

In 1882 he removed to Keya Paha County, where he took up some government land and opened a farm, putting up a log house in which he made his home for ten or fifteen years. When he struck this county all he had was fifteen cents in money and a well developed case of "mumps." His first team was a yoke of oxen, with which he broke up his first piece of ground. He went through many hardships losing several crops through the droughts, and experienced all the trials and privations which the early settlers in this locality were subjected to, but he persevered in his efforts, and gradually overcame all difficulties until he is now (1909) proprietor of a three hundred and twenty-acre farm, of which one hundred and twenty-five acres are in a high state of cultivation.

The Pine Camp post office was established in 1884 and ten years later he was appointed postmaster and has held this position ever since, proving a most popular and efficient public official, obliging and esteemed by all patrons. He has built up a fine home and gained a valuable property, due to his untiring energy and industrious habits, and well deserves the success which he has attained.

Mr. Bruce was married in 1892 to Miss Florence Cool, daughter of Fred Cool, an old settler in Keya Paha County. Mr. and Mrs. Bruce have three children, namely: May, Esther and Rex.

For the past ten years our subject has held the position of county surveyor, and was justice of the peace for many years, and he is widely known all over the county as a public-spirited citizen.

At age 61, Nelson married a second time to his widowed sister-in-law, Mary Emily (Hanen) Bruce in April, 1919. At that time he listed his residence as Bassett, Nebraska (Rock County) a few miles south of Pine Camp. However, he moved to Baker Twp, Fallon Co, Montana in time for the 12 January 1920 Federal Census, taking his new wife and son, Rex R, age 18 with him.

After Mary's death in 1937 he settled in Ainsworth, Brown County, Nebraska until his death in April, 1948, age 90. He is buried between his father Jeduthun Bruce and his first wife, Florence, in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at the County seat of Springview, Keya Paha County, Nebraska.

Nelson Francis Bruce settled in Keya Paha County in 1882.
He had the following write up in the "Compendium of History Reminiscence and Biography of Western Nebraska" page 417-418 published in Chicago by Alden Publishing Co in 1909.

Transcribed and Contributed by: Janet Bruce Nelson

Family links: 
  Jeduther Bruce (1816 - 1900)
  Florence T. Cool Bruce (1875 - 1912)
  Robert Norris Bruce (1854 - 1901)*
  Nelson Francis Bruce (1858 - 1948)
*Calculated relationship
Mount Hope Cemetery
Keya Paha County
Nebraska, USA
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Record added: Mar 08, 2009
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Nelson Francis Bruce
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