Nelson Wheeler Tieman
|Submitted by James Brown
Nelson Wheeler Tieman
Nelson Wheeler Tieman was born in New Boston township, July 9, 1861, and died December 1, 1904, at 12:02 a.m. The cause of his death was erysipelas. He was taken with a nervous chill while in his store about two weeks ago and was confined to the house and bed until he died. He received a wound on his right leg in a railroad wreck several years ago, but which he injured again last June, and was the seat of the trouble which caused his death. Funeral services were held at the home Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. R. A. Brown of Canton, Ill. Interment was in New Boston cemetery under the auspices of the Masonic order.
On September 18, 1888, he was united in marriage with Miss Rosa Lee Sellers, the marriage ceremony being performed by Rev. Brown, who was at that time located in Aledo.
He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Tieman. He had been engaged in mercantile business of some kind all his life. For seven years he was a traveling salesman for the Washburn-Hallegan Co. of Davenport, Iowa, and was a most successful traveling salesman. He had received his education in the common schools, except a term in business college in Davenport. He opened his grocery store here on May 1st 1899, and was the first man to make a success of an exclusive grocery business in this city. It is said that he kept the cleanest grocery store in this section of the state. He was industrious and and ambitious and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. About three weeks ago he completed his new home and moved into it, prepared to enjoy it, and a pleasant “house warming” was held. He had begun a series of entertainments for his friends which he was not permitted to complete. Death has claimed him, and his wife and friends are left to mourn.
(The original 1904 newspaper clipping was among the personal papers of the late Mrs. Mary Adeline Tieman Dise, Nelson Wheeler Tieman’s niece. While the newspaper is not identified, the article appears to have been printed in a Mercer County newspaper, and is listed under “New Boston” obituaries.)