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.