Biography of George H. Wyman

Just west from Rosetta post office is the estate of Mr. Wyman, a man whose labors along the line of pioneering in and developing this western country, have been assiduous and well bestowed. He is a man of thrift and keen discrimination in financial affairs and has prospered in his homestead venture on the reservation.

George H. Wyman was born in Vinton County, Ohio, on May 25, 1846, being the son of Arthur and Annie (Salts) Wyman. The father was a native of New York, as were his ancestors for some generations back. He died in Knox County, Illinois, in his seventy-eighth year. The mother was born in Maine, of German and Scotch ancestry and died aged seventy-nine. When seven, George came with his parents from Ohio to Illinois and there spent twenty-seven years.

He was educated in the district schools and began his individual business career when he was twenty. He rented land and farmed in Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, and in 1899 he came to Washington. He located near Oakesdale, bought land and farmed until 1891, then removed to the vicinity of Leland, Nez Perces County. He farmed his own property and leased land and when the disastrous year of 1893 came, he, with the majority of others, lost his land. Upon the opening of the reservation he came hither and located his present place. A man anxious for the same place pulled a gun on Mr. Wyman, but firmness gained the day and not only the land, but the angry man is now a friend. Mr. Wyman has a neat and comfortable home, a good barn, outbuildings and orchard and does a good farming business. He has some exceptionally fine apples, one specimen weighing one pound and ten ounces. Mr. Wyman has three brothers, John, Edward J. and Stephen, farmers in Knox County, Illinois; also two sisters, Minerva, in Knox County, wife of Noah C. Dawson; Eliza, widow of Robert Bolding, now living on her fruit ranch near Leland.

On May 21, 1866, Mr. Wyman married Lucinda, daughter of Freeman and Rebecca (Jackson) Myrick, both deceased. To this union there were born five children: William A., gardner near Willola; Stephen A. rents Indian land near his father; Edward A. has eighty acres near his father; Emma, now deceased, wife of Thomas Terrel; Annie, wife of John Eaton, of Elberton, Washington. In October, 1892, Mrs. Wyman was called by death from her home and family. On August 24, 1894, at Juliaetta, Mr. Wyman married Martha H. Baker, widow of James H. Baker. She was born in Franklin County, Vermont, in 1850, the daughter of George E. and Mary (Rowe) Edgar, natives of Scotland and England, respectively. Mrs. Wyman has two sons by her former marriage, Charles and John, in Michigan.

Mr. Wyman and his wife are members of the United Brethren Church. He is an active Republican, takes part in the conventions, and is especially active in the progress of the country. He is always on hand to donate any work for the bettering of the roads and is an enthusiastic laborer for up building in all lines and this has been of inestimable good to the community.

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Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903

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