Nels is an old man..... a woodcutter by trade. He resides with Eldon's family.
I remember reading these kind of stories and books in my school days when i was a kid. It was such a beautiful time, now a days, life is so fast, business and expensive. Student shopping was such affordable by that time. Now a days shopping school stuff can be easily done by https://www.reecoupons.com/categories/back-to-school as it has become really expensive.