A Snapshot of Mansfield in 1926: An Immigrant’s Album
In 1926 Georg Nillsen became an American. He sailed across the ocean from Sweden
because he believed there was a wonderful and exciting new life for him in the
With his name reconfigured in English to George Nelson, he
wound up in Mansfield working at the Steel Mill. He was so thrilled with this new world he
borrowed a camera and used up a roll of film snapping pictures of his town to
send to family and friends back in Göteborg.
It was 84 years later in 2000, some years after George had departed
this Earthly plane, when his daughter, Anna Marie Nelson McCracken, made a trip
back across the Atlantic to explore the Swedish roots of her father.
She found an old aunt still living in Göteborg,
and when they spoke of the United States the aunt seemed to know all about
Mansfield. She still had all the photos
that Georg had sent from America.
So once again these little snapshots made the trip across
the Atlantic, back to Mansfield where they began.
This small album preserves for us a perfect snapshot of our
town through the eyes of a young man in love with Mansfield, America.
This precious glimpse into the past is presented through the kindness of my friend Anna Marie Nelson McCracken (1935-2008)