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Community Spotlight – Jim & Nell Nickerson


Submitted by: Susan McFarlane (Jim and Nell’s daughter) Jim Nickerson was a young man in the air force when he met Nell while attending a wedding reception in Morgan. He was stationed at Hill AFB, which was a long way from his home in Massachusetts. As stories go, they soon had their own wedding at Nell’s parent’s home in Morgan and lived in their first apartment in Ogden. A short time later, their car packed with all their belongings, Jim and Nell drove across the country to Massachusetts. In a little town called Whitman, the young couple found an apartment on the third floor of a multi-family house. It was while they lived here that their first three children were born, Susan, Alan and Jill. The kids played in the yard and the woods in the back of the house, walked with Nell to the mailbox on the corner and rode bikes in the driveway. Jim worked at a few different companies including Honeywell and Foxboro Co. Then it was time to find their first home. Susan recalls going to see a few different houses in the area. The final decision was the house next door. Jim and Nell didn’t need to pack their car or a truck, just lower the laundry basket filled with treasures from the window and carry it across the driveway to the new house. This is where they brought their final child, Vaughn, home when he was born. It was this house that witnessed the cook-outs, the gardening, the kickball games, the imaginary trips to the moon, the swimming pool years and the duck pond season. This house saw the ups and downs, the laughter and service, the growing pains and the joys of Jim, Nell and their children. It was from here that Jim and Nell took bus trips to the Washington, D.C. Temple, saw their small branch grow to a ward, then a stake and finally a temple built in Boston. They served in the Boston Temple and in many church callings. Finally the children were raised, the time for retirement had come. Just a few years ago Jim and Nell returned to Morgan Valley, this beautiful place where they started their life together. They currently live in Mountain Green and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 5. Jim currently serves in our community as Commander of American Legion Post 67 and as Co-Chair of the Morgan County Airport Advisory Board.

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