|Oscar and Selina Nyborg
moved from Gunder, Clayton co. to Postville in the 1940s.
Oscar opened a farm supply business, Nyberg's Farm and
Home supply, which is still a landmark in Postville.
b.7/27/1887 Gunder, IA
d.10/15/1970 Postville, IA
Selina (Jenson) Nyberg
b.2/9/1892 Gunder, IA
d.12/12/1986 Postville, IA
Oscar and Selina were married 1/22/1915, in the Lutheran Parsonage, St. Olaf, IA by Rev. Arveson.
Photos:Top: Nyberg's Farm and Home supply
Middle & bottom: Oscar & Selina Nyberg
Oscar Nyborg (aka Nyberg) was born in Clayton co. Iowa, the son of Anders O. Nyborg & Julia (aka Guro) Jacobson. Anders O. Nyborg emigrated from Norway, where he learned the blacksmithing trade at an early age:
Postville Herald October 11, 1928
Andrew Nyborg Still Shoeing Horses --- Record of Eighty-Two in One Day
Seventy-four years old and still shoeing horses is the record of A.O. Nyborg of Gunder. Mr. Nyborg started to learn the trade of blacksmith when 13 years old and while still in Norway. When 19 years of age he came to America and settled at Postville. For a while he worked at his trade in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, and Illinois. For the last thirty years, he has lived at Gunder. He still works daily at his anvil and forge. In 1882, while at Postville, and when he was young and unusually active, he made a record of setting eighty-two shoes between 7 oclock in the morning and 8 oclock in the evening.
(note: follow the link at the bottom of this page for more about Andrew & Julia Nyborg)
Selina was the daughter of Jens Jenson (9/10/1852 - 1942) and Oleah (Olson) Jenson (5/4/1873 - 7/20/1916) of Clayton co. Iowa. (follow the link at the bottom of this page for more about the Jenson family)
Around 1917, Oscar Nyborg (aka Nyberg) converted the Gunder general store on the corner to a garage and implement shop. He did repair work and sold gas, oil farm supplies, machinery and equipment, including New Idea spreaders, Perfection milking machines, corn elevators and Kalo silos. Oscar's brothers, Melvin and Henry Nyberg, assisted him in the business. Ben Mork (aka Morch) was a sub-agent. Alfred Jenson and Frank D. Rounds also worked for Oscar. Clarence Read did repair work in the garage. Oscar had a home power plant in his garage that produced electricity for the shop and his home. In December of 1921, he shared his electricity with the Marion Lutheran Church, supplying the lights for their Christmas service. he strung the wires across the road to the church, fastening them to telephone poles. In 1930, when the road through Gunder was being graded, Oscars wife, Selina, spread out the dining room table in their home and fed the road crew. With the help of Nyborgs 11-year-old daughter, Dolores, she prepared and served mashed potatoes, meat, pie and all the trimmings. A fire started in the garage, the evening of May 9, 1926, and the building and its entire contents were lost. Only a gasoline stove, which stood near the door, was saved. The loss included four automobiles, some machinery, parts and supplies. After the fire, Oscar established an office in his home (17435 Gunder Road, presently owned by Charles W. Moser) an carried on his sales business, selling silos, windmills and corncribs. Oscar's daughter, Dolores (Nyberg) Troy, remembers her father letting her ride with him while he drove around the Iowa countryside selling to people. Oscar and Selina Nyborg moved from Gunder, Clayton co. to Postville in the 1940s. Oscar opened a farm supply business, Nyberg's Farm and Home supply, which is still a landmark in Postville. They had 6 children, only 2 living to adulthood.
Children of Oscar & Selina:
Elmer Nyberg b.1915 d.1915 Gunder, IA
Benny Wald, John Halverson, and Oscar Nyberg
All data & photos contributed by Sandy Shores, granddaughter of Oscar & Selina.
Visit Sandy's personal website and her Nyborg & Jenson family photo albums on the Clayton co. IAGenWeb site for more.
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