Coming to America as a boy August Linman has made a practical demonstration of success financially and has also built up an excellent reputation as an intelligent and progressive citizen of his adopted state. He is the owner of one of the valuable farms in Stockholm township, which he has greatly beautified by his excellent taste and judgment.
He was born in Sweden, October 6, 1858, a son of Carl and Margaret (Johnson) Linman, both of whom were also natives of Sweden. They came to America in 1869 and located on a farm in Crawford county, Iowa. The mother passed away in 1901 and the father in the latter part of the same year. There were six children in their family, four of whom are still living, namely: Clara, wife of August Lindgren, of Ida county, Iowa; Matilda; Victor, also of Ida county; and August, the subject of this review.
August Linman came to this country with his parents at eleven years of age. He was educated in Sweden and in the schools of Crawford county and continued at home until he was twenty-one years of age. He then bought eighty acres on section 4, Stockholm township, where he now lives, which he improved with substantial buildings, also planting a grove of maple trees, now one of the highly attractive features of the township. As opportunity presented he bought more land and now owns seven hundred acres, all of which is under an excellent state of cultivation. He is a general farmer and as his business is skillfully managed he is recognized as one of the substantial men of the county. In addition to his agricultural interests he is a stockholder in the Farmers Telephone Company of Kiron.
On the 13th of March, 1884, Mr. Linman was united in marriage to Miss Tilda Burkman, who was also born in Sweden, a daughter of Ola and Johanna (Christian) Burkman, both natives of Sweden. They came to America in 1876 and made their home in Crawford county, Iowa. The father passed away April 21, 1910, but the mother is still living and has arrived at the venerable age of eighty-three years. They were the parents of four children.
Six children came to bless the home of Mr. and Mrs. Linman, namely: Virgil, who was born March 7, 1885, and still at home; Russel A., born June 7, 1887; Adella C., born April 7, 1889; Myrtle V., who was born November 26, 1891, and is now a student in college at Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Osher T. and Elden E., twins, born September 21, 1894.
Mr. and Mrs. Linrnan are stanch advocates of education and have given their children advantages of schooling which is of great importance in shaping their career. They are also sincere believers in Christianity and are members of the Free Mission church. Politically, Mr. Linman is in sympathy with the republican party and although he has not sought the honors of office, he gives his friends his earnest support. He ranks as one of the influential men of his neighborhood.
Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.