About the Author
Steve Iman is a great grandson of William Henry Spafford. A retired professor of organizational behavior, he’s devoted time to “digging bones” in the quest to learn more about his family history. Many who do so are self-interested and use family stories to buttress self-esteem, though Steve’s interest is in using his ancestors as a portal into understanding places, communities, and times.
He has done most to chronicle the history of Imans — or Eymans — an old Swiss line who were among Anabaptist migrants to William Penn’s Pennsylvania.
Spafford, on the other hand, is a progenitor of his maternal line. William’s daughter Edith lit out from Grand Island Nebraska in 1900, lived for a short period with a brother in Laramie, then hopped a train to Oregon, homesteaded in Idaho. She was a typesetter for a newspaper in Oregon, married a bank vault engineer, and always had freshly baked “ranger” cookies for her grand-kids when they came to visit.
Steve was a professor who loved teaching, and a consultant who took great joy in helping organizations of his day adopt participative practices. He served as a training manager with large scale organizations and had an international practice which let hime experience life in many parts of the world.