IRVIN S. BOLES, M. D., Shellsburg, was born in Trumbull County, Ohio, Dec. 9, 1844, and is a son of Silas A. and Martha L. (Speer) Boles. The former was born in Saratoga County, N. Y.; the latter in Ohio. In 1853 the family emigrated to Iowa, and first located in Linn County, afterward removing to Benton County. About 1868 the parents removed to Guthrie County, where they now reside, Silas Boles owning a farm near Guthrie Centre. There were four children in the parental family, of whom Irvin is the only son. His early life was spent on the farm, his education being obtained in Cornell College, at Mt. Vernon. At the age of nineteen he commenced teaching school and followed that occupation for several years, in the meantime attending school a portion of the time. Before he was twenty years of age he enlisted, in May, 1864, in Shellsburg, in Co. C, 47th Iowa Vol. Inf., for 100 days, served four months and returned. He also studied medicine in Guthrie Centre with Dr. John Y. Hopkins. In 1871 he entered the Cleveland Medical College, Cleveland, Ohio, whence he graduated in the spring of 1874. He then returned to Benton County, Iowa, and engaged in the practice of his profession at Shellsburg, where he has since resided, with the exception of nine months, when he was located at Rushville, Neb.
On the 16th of February, 1876, Dr. Boles was united in marriage to Sarah C. Bowe, daughter of Rev. Russell and Rachel Bowe. She was born May 20, 1854. They have two children — Elsie C. and Earl S.In politics Dr. Boles is a Republican, but takes no active interest, only giving enough attention to perform his duties as a citizen. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and Odd Fellows, both subordinate and encampment, the A. O. U. W. and the G. A. R. Dr. and Mrs. Boles are connected by membership with the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 205-206.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.