A Twentieth century history and biographical record of Crawford County, Kansas, by Home Authors; Illustrated. Published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL : 1905. 656 p. ill. Transcribed by staff and students at Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas.

1905 History of Crawford County Kansas


J. A. Nuttman, one of the prominent lumber dealers of Pittsburg, Crawford county, has been a resident of the city and connected with his present industry since 1882, so that he is really to be numbered among the old citizens. He has had a very successful career in business, and his energy, public spirit and broad-mindedness have made him a most valuable factor in many enterprises that concern the city. He has not confined his attention entirely to the prosecution of his private business, but has been interested in politics and affairs of public moment, so that his life has had a broad usefulness to all within the sphere of his influence.

Mr. Nuttman was born at Decatur, Indiana, in 1856, a son of J. M. and Melitta (Mickel) Nuttman. His father was born in New Jersey, and came to Indiana when a young man. He was first a general merchant and afterward engaged in the lumber business. In 1879 he moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where he was associated with the Hoffman Brothers in the lumber business. He later took up his residence in Pittsburg, where he now lives, although retired from active labors. His wife is also still living.

Mr. J. A. Nuttman received most of his education in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where the family lived for twenty years. He early became familiar with the details of the lumber business, and at the age of twenty-six, in 1882, came to Pittsburg and entered the employ of G. B. Shaw and Company, lumbermen. He was in charge of the company's yard for four years, and then embarked in the same line of business for himself, in which he has continued with excellent success to the present time. He is a member of the Southwestern Lumbermen's Association, and was its president for one year.

Mr. Nuttman is vice-president of the Pittsburg Building and Loan Association, and for several years has been very influential in its management. The association has done a great work in this city and vicinity, and Mr. Nuttman has given his best efforts to promoting its prosperity and progress. He is a prominent Republican, has been delegate to several important conventions, and is chairman of the congressional committee for the third district of Kansas. He has been through all the Masonic degrees, being a member of the Shrine, and is also affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is now and has been for several years treasurer of the board of education of Pittsburg. Mr. Nuttman was married in Ohio to Miss Laura Paynter, and they have two children, Bert and Julia.