Pages 460-462, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




C. W. NYMAN owns and operates a valuable farm of two hundred acres in Elsmore township. He was born in Clay county, South Dakota, on the 3rd of September, 1869, and is of Swedish lineage, being the eldest son of August J. and Matilda Nyman, both of whom were natives of Sweden. The father was born April 9, 1839, acquired his education in the public schools, and on the 30th of December, 1867, married Miss Matilda Swanson. For a number of years he had served as a grade contractor on the railroad. In 1868 he came with his young wife to America, locating first in Boone county, Iowa, where he worked on a gravel train. A year later they went to South Dakota, where Mr. Nyman secured a homestead and began farming, experiencing many of the hardships and


trials that fall to the lot of the pioneer. The summers were short, the winters long and severe, and many blizzards rendered the lot of the settlers anything but enviable. After nine years Mr. Nyman sold his farm and on account of ill health returned with his family to Sweden, but after fifteen months he again came to America, reaching Kansas in 1878. He bought a farm of eighty acres where Savonburg is located, and later added to the property until he owns two hundred and sixty acres of the rich and productive soil of Allen county. Here he has built a fine country residence and large barns and is now in possession of a model country-seat, everything about the place being in first class condition. He is numbered among the progressive and substantial farmers of Allen county, and deserving of great credit for his success, for when he first arrived in America he had only twenty dollars. His excellent ability as a manager, combined with his unflagging industry, has enabled him to work his way steadily upward and today he is in possession of a handsome competence.

In politics August J. Nyman is a stalwart Republican, inflexible in support of the principles of his party. For a third of a century his wife has traveled life's journey by his side and their home was blessed with three children. The two surviving are C. W. and J. O., the latter a prominent real estate dealer in Savonburg.

In taking up the personal history of C. W. Nyman we present to our readers the life of one who is widely and favorably known in Allen county. He spent the first eight years of his life in his native State, and then accompanied his parents on their return to Sweden. His experience in the old country was an interesting period in his boyhood career. With the family he came to Allen county when nine years of age, and has made his home here continuously since, supplementing his early education, acquired in South Dakota, by study in the schools of Savonburg and also in learning the Swedish language. He assisted his father in the cultivation of the home farm and remained under the parental roof until twenty-one years of age, when he was married, on the 3rd of March 1892, to Miss Allie Freed, a native of this county, and a daughter of Daniel and Pleasant Freed. They now have a little son, Vernon, who is three years old.

After his marriage Mr. Nyman purchased eighty acres of land on the county line, a mile south and west of Savonburg, and with characteristic energy began transforming the raw prairie into richly cultivated fields. He erected a nice residence and added to its homelike appearance by planting trees about the place. His house is situated on the county line, and he owns also one hundred and twenty acres of land in Neosho county. The soil is rich and productive and a crop can be depended upon almost any season. He has a herd of good cattle, keeping on hand about forty head, and he also has good horses and mules, with which to operate his land and tend to the other work of the farm. In 1896 he became interested in the real estate business in Savonburg in connection with his brother, but after a year he sold out to his brother and returned to the farm, since which time he has devoted his energies exclusively to the cultivation of the fields and the raising of stock.


In his social relations Mr. Nyman is an Odd Fellow and Rebekah and also belongs to the Ancient Order of United Workman, to the Knights and Ladies of Security and to the Anti-Horse Thief Association. In politics he has been an earnest and energetic Republican since casting his first vote. In his farming methods he is practical and enterprising, and these qualities have made him one of the prosperous agriculturalists of the community, while his genial manner has rendered him popular with many friends.

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