|1939 newspaper ad|
Both Nielsen stores coexisted throughout the 1940s and 50s. Harry Nielsen's 1951 phone book ads stated that he was "Lorain's Oldest Jeweler," while in the same book, the ad for Walter S. Nielsen mentioned that the firm was "Established 1877."
Sometime in the 1950s, the Walter S. Nielsen store became known as as Nielsen Jewelers, and moved to its present 753 Broadway address.
Harry Nielsen passed away at the age of 71 in January 1960. He had been retired from active participation in his business.
Dr. Walter S. Nielsen passed away in early March 1971 at the age of 78. He had retired in October 1968, having turned the business over to his son Carl.
Today, Nielsen Jewelers carries on in its attractive building at 753 Broadway.
It's great to see what I'm assuming is the oldest established business in Downtown Lorain still thriving after more than 135 years.
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