Lyman Oatman

There have been many prosperous families that have lived in grown within the limits of Medina county. One of the few families to be here before 1840 happened to be the Lyman Oatman and his family. Back in those days life was much more simple, while the work was always back breaking.

Lyman came to Medina in 1833 from Vermont, it is believed that his soon to be wife came around the same time. The Beans would move in across the street from Lyman, Sallie and Lyman would marry in 1837 then have their first child in 1839. Lyman and Sallie Oatman would have 8 children, only 7 had their health stay with them long enough to see their father die. Lyman was always a farmer but as records show he was a butcher mainly during the winter under someone who owned the 229 South Court Street building.

Lyman's sons were also very prominent within Medina county. They were both soldiers for the nation during the time of war and business owners within the city. Although there are no Oatman's left in the city their building is still standing today.

Lyman would die in 1881, at the time of his death Albert his youngest son and himself own around 80 acres that they farmed. Lyman Oatman was one of the first prominent people in Medina.

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Simeon

Simeon

Simeon Oatman who is second from the left was the second oldest son to Lyman who was one of the co-owners of their meat market. HIs older brother Orlin was the other owner of the store, they were only in 229 South Court Street for five years before they moved up to 30 Public Square which was on the west side of town. Photo Courtesy of Robert Hyde View File Details Page

First Lieutenant Simeon

First Lieutenant Simeon

Simeon Oatman Lyman second son helped fight in the Civil War as part of the OVI, the OVI was Ohio Volunteer Infantry unit. Simeon was actually the First Lieutenant for the unit stayed in the army until he was 39. The fact that he was in the infantry so long would explain why he was never married. Photo Courtesy of Civilwarphotos.net View File Details Page

Oatman Store

Oatman Store

Back in these days it was normal for a father to buy a store and then hand it over to his sons. It is believe that Lyman worked as a butcher under a man and as he got older he bought the store. As the sons became older Lyman taught the sons how work the business and later handed the business over to them. Photo Courtesy of Medina Historical Society View File Details Page

Lyman Jr Tin

Lyman Jr Tin

Lyman Junior who was one of the youngest sons of Lyman Senior. Once the meat market had moved Lyman decided to create his own Tin and Hardware store, Lyman Sr. would teach Jr. how to run a store so that he could be prosperous. Photo Courtesy of Medina Historical Society View File Details Page

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Tanner Winters, “Lyman Oatman,” Discover Medina, accessed May 26, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/102.

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