Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     SPENCER BOYD, a retired farmer and one of the commissioners of Chelan conuty, resides at Chelan, coming there in 1891.  He was born in Fulton county, Illinois, July 15, 1842.  His parents were natives of Ohio.  His father, William, was of an old family, the paternal grandfather of our subject having been a soldier in the Revolutionary war.  In 1853 the family of our subject removed to Iowa, and here he attended district school and worked on the farm with his father.  The latter died when Spencer was six years of age.  On attaining his majority he enlisted in the Fourth Iowa Independent Battery, serving until the end of the Civil war.  He then returned to Iowa, purchased land and devoted his attention to farming until 1891, when he came to Lake Chelan broken in health.  Here he passed several years prospecting, and in 1895 purchased one hundred and four acres of land one and one-quarter miles from town, which he rents, owing a home in Chelan.  He has, also, two business lots and buildings on Woodin avenue, and eight residence lots with garden and fruit trees.  Mr. Boyd has one sister, Sarah Ann, living in Illinois; two half brothers and one half sister, George and Samuel White, and Etta, wife of Arthur Brice, of Iowa.
     December 13, 1867, our subject was married to Mary J. Rains, a native of Missouri.  The ceremony was performed at Glenwood, Iowa.  Her father, Lawrence, a native of Ohio, is dead.  Mrs. Boyd has four brothers and two sisters living, Marion, Jasper, Westley and Allen, all farmers of Iowa, with the exception of Westley, who is in California; Lottie, wife of William Phipps; and Minerva, wife of C. M. Phipps, both farmers in Iowa.  Mr. and Mrs. Boyd have four children, William L.; Elmer L.; Mary E., wife of George Roland; and Minnie E., single, residing at home.
     Mr. Boyd is a member of Harrison Post, G.A.R., Chelan.  He is a Republican, and with the organization of the county was appointed commissioner and elected twice since then.  Mr. Boyd and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.