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Re: Nelson and McLaughlin 1865-1931
Posted by: Jerri Strombeck (ID *****8880) Date: June 26, 2012 at 13:26:08
In Reply to: Nelson and McLaughlin 1865-1931 by Joe Cluba of 1591

Evening Tribune 8/15/1931
Nelson--At the residence, 657 20th St, 8/14/1931, Peter Nelson, aged 66 years, husband of Estella May Nelson, father of William, Mrs. Nora E. Mitchell, Stanley P. and Robert M. IOOF. No cem info given.

SD Union
Owner 25 years of Flagg Barber Shop opposite the City Hall
Merkley's Mortuary
No cem info given

San Diego Union
Miss Nora E. Nelson married to Andrew J. Mitchell, son of Mrs. Jordon Mitchell
St. Joseph's Parish House, Rev. Father O'Connor
bride a telephone operator at the San Diego Union age 17 and uncommonly pretty
Groom in the plumbing business, age 19
Quiet wedding, only family present
Will live in an apartment at 3rd and Beech Sts

1930 census, San Diego, San Diego, California

Peter Nelson 64 GER f GER m GER imm 1890
Estella Nelson 54 MO f IN m MO
Robert Nelson 16 CA

Robert Jorgen Nelson was a very accomplished pianist and organist and gave recitals and was the organist at a church.

Sadly, Robert Nelson was convicted of a morals charge when he was 19, along with Jack Hunter, 25, a junior high school teacher. They were arrested after attending a party in La Jolla at Jack's mother's house in Mar 1933, and she filed a complaint with the police. The main evidence was provided by Jack's mother Mrs. Ethel Hunter, who testified that Jack preferred Robert's company over her (the mother) or his wife. He married 3 years earlier but never lived with his wife Daphne (I think, but am not sure, that her last name was Fraser); he continued living with his mother, she continued living with her parents, and in Feb 1933, moved into the Nelson home.

Mrs. Hunter suspected that there was a relationship and talked to Robert's mother, and both mothers went to the district attorney. Estella suggested that Jack best leave, and Robert told her that if Jack left, he would too, and if not allowed to leave, he would commit suicide. Mrs. Hunter felt that it would be better for her son to be convicted of a crime than to lead a bad life. She stated that he was a teacher and should be an influence to young people, be a good boy and grow into a good man through life.
Hunter was a teacher at Memorial Junior High.

It was appealed, and their convictions were overturned due to insufficient evidence. It was decided not to retry the case.

They were later convicted of a vagrancy charge in July 1933, and leniency was recommended for Robert. Jack Hunter was sentenced to 90 days in jail, and Robert was sentenced for 30 days.

Ethel Hunter died in 1953 and Jack was listed in her obit.

Estella's death notice was in the 7/13/1955 edition of the San Diego Union. Survivors were Stanley E and Nora Mitchell, 11 grands, 18 greatg, interment Mt. Hope Cem.

California Death Index, 1940-1997
about Nora Estella Mitchell
Name: Nora Estella Mitchell
[Nora Estella Nelson]
Social Security #: 559501428
Sex: Female
Birth Date: 28 Nov 1899
Birthplace: Nebraska
Death Date: 25 Jan 1985
Death Place: San Diego
Mother's Maiden Name: McLaughlin
Father's Surname: Nelson

Stanley married Helen Louise Hill 12/23/1925 in SD.

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