Paul Emmanuel Nilson graduated from Beloit College in 1911, after which he upheld the long tradition of teaching in Tarsus, Turkey, that the college had established. Harriet Fischer Nilson graduated from Wheaton College in 1912, spent a year teaching in California, and then felt called to work in the mission field; in 1913, she was assigned to teach at the Adana girl's school. Paul and Harriet met through the education and missionary system; shortly before Paul returned to the United States to enter the seminary, he proposed to Harriet, who accepted. They were married after the end of World War I. Both continued to teach in Turkey in the cities of Tarsus, Talas, Diyarbakir, and Mardin. The Nilsons retired in 1957 and returned to the United States.
(Information from Stories from the Vineyard by Dorothy Nilson Fyfe)