Nelson Wheeler Tieman

Submitted by James Brown


Nelson Wheel
er Tieman, son of Henry and Mary Tieman, was born in New Boston township July 9, 1861, and departed this life at five minutes past twelve Thursday morning, December 1st. He grew to manhood in this community, and for a number of years clerked in his uncle, C. A. Ballard’s, store. In 1889 he associated himself with F. H. Schram in the grocery business in this city and proved to be very successful in this line of trade. He had the confidence and respect of those with whom he dealt. Later he went on the road and for 13 years was a traveling salesman, with headquarters in Davenport and Burlington, Iowa. Returning to new Boston he again embarked in the grocery business which store he conducted at the time of his death. His experience on the road had stood him well in hand for this line of business. He was a close and judicious buyer and kept a store that was noted in this section of the state for its clean and well kept stock. The loss of Mr. Tieman as a business man is an actual loss to New Boston. There is no one to take his place. It is seldom there is a death in any community that reaches the sympathy of everybody as did the death of Nelson Tieman. Mr. Tieman was united in marriage September 18, 1888, to Miss Rose Sellers of this city. He had a beautiful home in which they had been living just a few weeks. It is sad to think that he could not be spared to enjoy it with his wife. He was of a social disposition and took great delight in entertaining his friends. There was nothing selfish in his makeup. He was in the height of his glory when he had a company of friends around him and was serving a lunch which he had prepared according to his own notion. April 9, 1899, Mr. Tieman was made a Master Mason by New Boston lodge and he was a member of the local organization in good standing at the time of his death. About 50 members of the order were present at the funeral and paid their respects to their departed brother. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at his late residence, Rev. R. A. Brown of the First M. E. church of Canton was present and preached the funeral sermon. Rev. Brown united Mr. and Mrs. Tieman in marriage and he and Mr. Tieman for years had been warm friends. After the funeral services, the Masonic order took charge and the remains were laid to rest in accordance with the ceremony of that lodge. Mr. Tieman was a man of force and character and would make his presence felt in any group of men or in any community he might be placed. While he was positive in his views he was very thoughtful and respected the opinions of others. He leaves his wife, a father, mother, one brother, and a large circle of friends to mourn his departure.

The pall bearers were: J. D. Lowe, C. H. Pullen, a
nd C. R. Gates of New Boston lodge A. F. & A. M., W. W. Lair and C. A. Freise of Aledo lodge and J. W. Gray of Keithsburg lodge.

The Floral Offerings
The floral offerings consisted o
f some fifteen or sixteen pieces, all of them being beautiful and many of them remarkably rich. They were sent by friends - some by the wholesale houses he had worked for or purchased goods and some from traveling men’s associations in which he held membership. By traveling men Mr. Tieman was called the prince of good fellows.

(Nelson Wheeler Tieman’s obituary (w
ith accompanying photograph) was published on the front page of the New Boston Herald, No. 23, on December 8, 1904.)
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