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John NelsonThe more I have to do in this work, the more I love it and earnestly desire to be fitted for it.

- John Nelson to John Maclean, Woodville, March 4. 1886 


John Nelson was born in Florence, Ontario on August 21, 1848 and died in Woodbridge, Ontario on March 22, 1927. His first post as a missionary was in 1881 at the Woodville Mission on Pigeon Lake, Alberta, in 1881. He spent 11 years at this mission and, after a brief interlude in the Arctic, Nelson was appointed the first principal of the Red Deer Industrial School in 1893.


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