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BOOS, William - 1912 Bio (1869-1919)


Posted By: Debbie Nash (email)
Date: 10/20/2003 at 16:05:29

From the History of Jefferson County - 1912, Volume II
Pages 441-442


“William BOOS is one of the estimable citizens and highly successful agriculturists of Jefferson county, where he has spent his entire life. He was born in Lockridge township, in October, 1869, and is a son of John and Louise (SHUPPY) BOOS, the father a native of France and the mother of Pennsylvania. In his early manhood John BOOS left his native land, crossing the Atlantic to become a citizen of the United States. He located in Jefferson county in 1855, and soon thereafter acquired a tract of government land in Lockridge township. This he cleared and developed, devoting his attention to its cultivation until 1897, when he sold it and bought a smaller place adjacent to Fairfield. Although his circumstances would easily have permitted him to live retired, he had led too active a life to be happy in idleness, so continued to operate his farm until his demise on the 22d of March, 1905. He had been an energetic and industrious man, whose high principles and upright conduct won him the esteem of all with whom he came in contact.

William BOOS remained under the parental roof until he had attained his majority, obtaining his education in the district schools. The value of thrift and industry and a full appreciation of these virtues in the acquirement of success was early instilled in his youthful mind, and when little more than a boy he was entrusted with many of the heavier duties about the farm. In 1890 he started out for himself and for six years thereafter worked out by the month. At the end of that time he had acquired enough money to being farming for himself as a renter, so he leased land that he operated for twelve years. During that period he met with justifiable success, acquiring sufficient capital to buy one hundred and twenty acres. The further development of his property has ever since engaged the attention of Mr. BOOS, who during the succeeding years has extended the boundaries of his farm by the addition of another eighty acres. Here he engages in diversified farming, in connection with which he makes a specialty of stock-raising, and annually prepares for the market about seventy-five hogs, while he keeps thirty head of cattle and ten horses. His farm presents a most attractive appearance, the buildings are in good repair, while the grounds and fences bespeak careful attention, everything about the place suggesting capable supervision and competent management. Vigilant and alert Mr. BOOS gives his sole consideration to his fields and his crops, and the high grade of his stock is evidence of unremitting care and incessant labor. To his personal direction no less than the prudent conduct of his affairs must be attributed much of his success.

On the 18th of December, 1895, Mr. BOOS was united in marriage to Miss Ida T. CRILE, a daughter of Jacob and Mary (FICHNER) CRILE, the father a native of Ohio and the mother of Jefferson county. Mr. CRILE came to this county during the pioneer days, and when old enough to make his own way in the world bought and improved a farm in Walnut township. There the mother passed away in 1884, but he is still living on his homestead, the cultivation of which claims his entire attention.

Of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. BOOS there have been born three children: Clarence William, who is fifteen years of age; Harry Andrew, who is nine; and Mabel T., who passed away in February, 1902.

Both Mr. and Mrs. BOOS affiliate with the Lutheran church, and in politics he is a republican, and has served as school director. He is widely known in the community where he resides, as practically his entire life has been spent in the immediate neighborhood, where he has a large circle of friends whose esteem he has won and retained by reason of his valuable traits of character.”

I am copying this for genealogical purposes and am not related to said individuals.


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