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 George Kasper “Happy” Nelson

George Kasper “Happy” Nelson

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 8 May 1988 (aged 86)
Clark County, Indiana, USA
Burial New Washington, Clark County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 55522536 · View Source
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George Kasper Nelson was born in New York City, NY and placed in the New York Foundling Hospital as an infant. On 27 Jan 1904, he was placed by the New York Foundling Hospital with the family of George and Elizabeth Heim, and rode to Arkansas on an Orphan Train. While living with his adoptive family, George was known as "Happy" Heim, because he was always smiling.

As a young adult, George moved to Chicago, where he owned and operated 7 taverns and speakeasies during Prohibition in the Chicago area. Among his patrons were Al Capone, Baby Face Nelson, and Clark Gable.

After selling his taverns, George relocated to Illinois, and from there, moved to Indiana with a very special family. When that family moved to Texas in 1976, George chose to stay in Indiana. He passed away there in 1988.

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  • Maintained by: Barbara Lensing
  • Originally Created by: Dee Burris Blakley
  • Added: 27 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55522536
  • Barbara Lensing
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Kasper “Happy” Nelson (13 Oct 1901–8 May 1988), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55522536, citing Crown Hill Cemetery, New Washington, Clark County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Barbara Lensing (contributor 47198153) .