Robert and Vernita (Mann) Nelson

from "Sheridan's Daybreak II", 1985
Sheridan County Daybreakers Genealogy Society


Hamphen Robert (Bob) Nelson was born 7-18-18 at Westby, MT. His parents were Sig and Minnie Nelson. His brothers are Roger and Merylin Nelson of Westby, and his sister is Grace Norgaard of Plentywood. Bob graduated from Westby HS in 1936 and attended Kinman Business College in Spokane, WA.

Vernita (Mann) Nelson was born in Evansville, Indiana on 1-4-20. Her parents were Archie and Agnes Mann. Vernita's mother is now living at the Pioneer Manor in Plentywood. Vernita attended Voight country school, but graduated from PHS in 1938. She attended business college in Great Falls, MT. Her sister is Helen (Mann) Cross of Ardmore, OK and her brother is David Mann, who is currently living on the original Mann homestead.

Bob and Vernita were married in Plentywood on 10-26-40. They returned to Great Falls where they worked for a Great Falls Collection Agency. In 1941, they moved to Richmond, CA where Bob worked as a bookkeeper in one of San Francisco's Shipyards. On 9-26-42, Barbara Helen was born in Albany, CA in a hospital looking out on the Golden Gate Bridge. Bob, Vernita, and Barbara returned to Montana briefly before going to Alaska where Bob worked on the Alaskan highway for the MH Kansas City Bridge Co., Y. T. Whitehorse, Canada. A year later, they returned to Montana where Bob waited for a decision from the US Army. While being reclassified, Bob started a coal hauling business, and later during the winter months started working on filing a few income tax forms. He used space at the old City Hall, which is now Roy's Market. Vernita did the typing as there wasn't much to fill-in in those days. They had no office equipment, just a portable typewriter. The Nelson Accounting building was built in 1950.

The Nelson's 3 sons were born in Plentywood: Gary Robert, 2-14-46; Steven James, 10-5-48; Mark Thomas, 2-9-54.

The Nelson's were pioneers in building the first home in the sunnyside addition in 1946, later building a larger house in 1950.

The Nelson farming enterprises were started, and the Nelson Angus development began. This started as just a small project of 12 cows to keep the boys busy, and give Bob a little time and exercise from the office.

The Nelson's children all attended and graduated from the Plentywood school system. They also attended and graduated from Montana Colleges.

After a serious illness, Bob died on 5-13-70.

The Nelson's have 7 grandchildren: Bretta Jo, Michael Robert, and Cherice Ann Vigue of Coeur d' Alene, Scott Robert, Lori Lee, and Theresa Rae of Plentywood.