Biography of Oliver P. Gayman
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies

Oliver Powell Gayman. - As owner and publisher of the Canal Winchester Times, Oliver Powell Gayman is among the widely known and representative newspaper men of Franklin County. He was born at Canal Winchester, Sept. 16, 1859, the son of Moses and Sarah Ann (Eavey) Gayman.

Moses Gayman was born near Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, November 7, 1829, and died at Canal Winchester, December 7, 1904. He taught school for a number of years and later engaged in business at Canal Winchester as a manufacturer of washing machines and pumps. His wife was born at Boonsboro, Maryland, September 17, 1837, and died at Canal Winchester, November 4, 1927. Three sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Gayman: Benjamin F., born at Canal Winchester, March 6, 1858, has served as a member of both Houses in the state legislature from the Columbus district, is a Democrat and lives at Tampa, Florida; Oliver Powell, the subject of this sketch; and Samuel, who died in infancy, in 1863.

Oliver Powell Gayman has always lived at Canal Winchester. After completing his high school work in 1876 he became an apprentice in the office of the Times, with which he has since been identified. He purchased a half interest in the paper May 16, 1894, and became owner of the publication January 14, 1907.

Mr. Gayman is a Democrat and although he has never sought public office, he has served as mayor of Canal Winchester four and one half terms, after being appointed by council to fill the unexpired term of W. Scott Aispach. He is affiliated with Potter Lodge, F. and A. M.; Walnut Chapter, R. A. M.; Evans Chapter, Eastern Star; Knights of Pythias; Grotto, Columbus; and Madison Grange. He is vice president and treasurer of the Buckeye Press Association and is a member of the Ohio Newspaper Association.

Mr. Gayman has copyrights on numerous articles written by him, and the following is an example of his writing:

"In all our yearnings love is the goal-
The boundless, ceaseless joy of the soul.
Pour the oil and spare the road-
'God is love, love is God',
Omnipotent, Omniscient, Ubiquitous,
Immaculate, Immortal, Love-
Anoint, Imbue, Inspire, Unify,
And consecrate us."

At the present time Mr. Gayman is engaged in the writing of articles concerning the tides, and attempting to prove that they are the cause of the earth's rotation. He has also taken out a patent on printer's chase.

Also see Mattie Gayman (wife)

History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930

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