The milking money was saved for college, and after graduation he left for Texas Chiropractic College in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated in 1939, but when World War II hit, Nelson and his brothers — Kenneth, Wallace and Earl — all enlisted.
Nelson was shipped to France and landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy on June 8, 1944, two days after the D-Day invasion.
“Two months before the war ended, Wallace was killed in Germany,” Nelson said. “When we got home, we got water piped into the house and had electricity installed. That made life easier for our parents.”
He opened his own practice in Ticonderoga in 1946, retiring in 2008 at age 89. Nelson and his wife, Alice, recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. The couple have five children: Kathy, Eileen, Stephen, Stanley and Elaine.
Nelson met Alice when she came to him as a patient with facial paralysis of unknown origin. After three weeks of spinal nerve treatments, the palsy was gone, and the couple married on Dec. 11, 1947.
Nelson served two terms as Crown Point town supervisor, from 1978 to 1982.
Nelson now walks with two canes, Harrington said, but raises potatoes, beans, corn and tomatoes in his own large home garden.
“When vegetable season arrives, stop by,” Harrington advised. “He might be maneuvering through shoulder-high tomatoes or headed toward his potatoes just to make sure the beetles don’t get there ahead of him. People should witness his accomplishments.”
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