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Cyrus S. Nusbaum

Cyrus S. Nusbaum
Short Name: Cyrus S. Nusbaum
Full Name: Nusbaum, Cyrus S., 1861-1937
Birth Year: 1861
Death Year: 1937

Rv Cyrus Sylvester Nusbaum DD USA 1861-1937. Born at Middlebury, IN, he completed his education and taught school in Marion County, KS. In 1886 he married Harriett Eleanor Erwin, and they had two children: Hazel and Mark. That year he was ordained a Methodist minister and pastored at Douglass, Goddard, Wichita, and Kingman, KS. He served as educational secretary at Southwestern College, Winfield, KS, 1895-1897. He pastored at Ottawa, KS, 1897-1903. He became presiding elder of the Independent District, 1903-1907, and pastor at Parsons, KS, 1908-1914. In 1914 he was appointed an evangelist for the Methodist Conference. During WW1 he was a US Army Captain working as an American Red Cross inspector in France. After the war, he often spoke on the Redpath Lyceum circuit and held evangelistic meetings in KS, NE, OK, and TX. Southwestern College conferred a DD degree upon him. In latter years, he served small KS churches and was a “supply preacher” at Lost Springs and Antelope. He died at Wichita, and was buried in Kingman, KS.
Special note: His hymn, noted below, was written after his first year of trying to preach at seven different locations simultaneously on a very low salary, a very difficult task. He was tired and discouraged. At the annual conference meeting he was hoping for a better appointment, but was reassigned to the same circuit. He was unhappy and rebellious in spirit about it, but, upon retiring at the lodging place for the night, he stayed up late after his wife had retired for the night. About midnight he knelt in prayer and told God he could have his way regardless of the cost. It inspired him to write the hymn (both words and music).

John Perry

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