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Nims, A. F., was born in Antwerp, August 25, 1848, a son of C. D. Nims, a natIve of Rodman, born April 2, 1811, and grandson of Joel and Sallie (Boyden) Nims. Joel was a native of Deerfield, Mass., and he and his wife came to Rodman in 1806, in 1813 to Watertown and after several years to Canada, where he died. He served in the war of 1812 and when a young man enlisted in the United States navy and was in an expedition to the West Indies. C. D. Nims was educated in the common schools and began life as a farmer and has also been in the lumbering business for thirty years. He spent two years in California, where he was very successful and became interested in mineralogy and geology, taking up mineral collecting for his own satisfaction and afterwards as a business, which he has followed most of his life. He has resided in the village of Philadelphia since 1852, He married Maria Howe, daughter of Daniel Howe, and born in Antwerp, N. Y., and they had six children, Herschell, Charles D. (deceased), Charles R., Alvin F., Hortense and Leora B. Mr. Nims has lived to vote for both Harrisons for president. A. F. Nims was educated in Philadelphia and Gouverneur Academy. In early life he learned the railroad business and was station agent in various places. He was stationed' at Canton, N. Y., for ten years. He took a course in civil engineering and went west and was for some time engaged in building railroads and is at present chief engineer of the B. & W.R.R. In 1895 he returned to Philadelphia and is now a general contractor. He built the water works at Theresa, Carthage and other places. September 9, 1874, he married Ann Mary, daughter of W. G. Holmes of Philadelphia, N. Y., and they have one daughter, Mabel S., at home. Mr. Nims is independent in politics. He is a Free Mason and the family attend the Baptist church.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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