John H Boys
Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/10/2009 at 11:19:31
John H Boys is well known in journalistic interests in Boone. He is a young man possessing the enterprising spirit so typical of the west. His birth place was in the Mississippi valley, for he is a native of Metamora, Illinois, born October 8, 1870. His father , Isaac boys, was also born there and was born there and was widely known as a stock dealer, extensively engaged in the raising of thoroughbred cattle. He is still living at the age of sixty-two years. His father, James Boys, was a native of Pennsylvania and a farmer by occupation.
The subject of this review pursued his education in the Northwestern University of Evanston, Illinois, and in Knox College, of Galesburg, completing the course with the class of 1893. While in college he engaged in newspaper work and after the completion of his collegiate course he continued in that line of industrial activity in connection with the publication of the Council Bluffs Nonpareil. After one year he became advertising manager for the Peoria Transcript and the Evening Times, and two years he was made managing editor of the latter and in the at capacity served for one year. In the winter of 1899 he removed to Atlantic, Iowa, where he purchased the Atlantic Messenger, conducting that paper until August 1900, when he entered into partnership with W W Loomis, with who he has since been associated. Together they conducted the Messenger until March 1901, when they purchased the Boone Daily Republican, which was established as a weekly journal in 1865 and the daily on January 1, 1899. The present proprietors have enlarged the plant and added the first type settling machine ever brought to Boone. They publish both the daily and weekly papers. The Republican is a leading political factor, its support being indicated by its name. Its influence is widely felt in behalf of the party and also in advocacy of every measure which tends to promote the social, intellectual and moral welfare of the community. Mr Boys is business manager and the enterprise is proving a profitable one. In 1896 was celebrated the marriage of Mr Boys and Miss Jean Caskey, a daughter of Alex Caskey, of Chicago Heights. They have one son, Philip, born March 21, 1901.
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