Several paces south and on your left is the Neils Monson family.
Neils was born in Sweden in 1872 and emigrated to
Illinois in 1891. In January, 1896 he headed west on the
second excursion train to the Fair Oaks Colony sponsored
by the Howard & Wilson Publishing Company of Chicago.
He purchased ten acres just north and east of Kenneth
Avenue and Winding Way and planted orchards, which he
successfully farmed until his death in 1942.
In 1898 he married neighbor Helena Roediger. He had four
children, one of whom died in infancy. In 1913, with his
fourth child on the way, he decided that the 16 by 24 foot
house was getting a little crowded and built his second