|Birth: ||Sep. 3, 1841|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 15, 1923|
HEADSTONE says Co H 13 Wis Inf Vol 1861-1865. Says born 1841 which disagrees with obituary saying 1840. Oh boy; Frames For the Future says born Sep 3 1842!
DEATH NOTICE Iron River Reporter Nov 16 1923 "'Andy' Boyington, War Veteran, Dies"
A.J. Boyington, Civil War veteran, died at his home at 10:30 last night. He was 83 years old. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Boyington residence with the Rev. Thomas Foster, pastor of the Iron County Episcopal churches, in charge. A full account of his death will appear in a subsequent issue.
OBITUARY Iron River Reporter Nov 20 1923 with photo "Last of Five Brothers Who Served Union Dies"
The ranks of the Civil War veterans were thinned by one more member Thursday when Andrew J. Boyington, 83, died at his home here at 10:30 p.m. after an illness of several weeks.
With the passing went one of Iron River's most historic persons, one whose name is linked forever with its development. He was the builder and owner of the well known Boyington Hotel, later taken over by his son Philip Boyington, and more recently by Zigmund Zyskowski.
Resting high on a caisson beneath the colors he so valiantly defended in 1861-1865, and followed by more than fifty of his comrades who saw service in the Spanish-American and World wars, and by scores of automobiles, his remains were escorted from the residence to the town hall Sunday for services, and from there to the Iron River cemetery for burial. It was one of the finest military tributes paid a deceased ex-soldier in the village and it was as he wished, for his last days and final words were concerned chiefly with his military past. In conducting a military funeral, the American Legion post carried out his wish to the letter.
TRIBUTE PAID High tribute to his honesty, courage, and kindness was paid by three of his staunchest friends at the services, the Rev. William Poyseor of Crystal Falls, missionary of the Episcopal church, who had the funeral in charge, and by M.S. McDonough in behalf of the American Legion, and by the Rev. James Lenhart, pastor of the St. Agnes church and neighbor of the heroic Union soldier.
The military procession was formed with the colors and color guards heading, the caisson, a rifle detachment, fifty uniformed Legionnaires, and a long train of automobiles bearing his neighbors and friends. Scores of friends from many cities in the upper peninsula were in line.
Andy Boyington exemplified the true spirit of heroism, both in his military years and in his conduct and attitude in civilian life, the Rev. Mr. Poyseor declared during the service.
"He was never in the rear, but far in the advance," he said in tribute. "He assumed leadership in all things. In times of need, he was ready with a helping hand. In times of test, he was steadfast in behalf of his mind's belief. His, too, was a spirit of practical Christianity. Andy Boyington will be remembered as a gem among men. He will be missed in the community."
KINDNESS PRONOUNCED Instances of his goodness of heart and open mind were recalled by the Rev. Father Lenhart, life long friend and neighbor of the soldier. M.S. McDonough touched also upon his human side.
"A.J. Boyington was opinionated and he gave strength to the expression of his opinions," he declared, "but he was loved for it. He was the first friend I had in Iron River. I shall never forget him."
A male quartet sang "Nearer My God To Thee" and Guy M. Cox sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere."
The procession formed after the service and wended its way to the cemetery where a short service, a volley salute by the firing squad, and taps ended the day's ceremonies in his honor.
Mr. Boyington was one of five sons who lived beyond the average number of life's years. In recent years he kept apart from active pursuits and spent his time in friendly chat with friends or hunting or fishing. It is known of him that when he was unable to catch a mess of fish, there was no use for other fishermen trying. He was an expert angler and a knowing hunter.
His health was rugged through the spring and he fished and hunted as late as June. In July he was stricken and since then his health failed. Even to the day before his death, he was able to walk with assistance. His death came peacefully and perfectly at a time when he was ready to give up life's burden.
Mr. Boyington was for many years identified with the leading interests of Iron River and was a prominent factor in promoting its agricultural and material prosperity and growth. He was born September 3, 1840 in Allegany county, New York, a son of Asahel Boyington.
Reared among the pioneer scenes of Jefferson county, Wisconsin, to where his father moved shortly after his birth, Andrew J. Boyington remained beneath the parental rooftree until after the breaking out of the Civil War, when his patriotic enthusiasm was aroused and he cheerfully offered his services to his country. Enlisting September 30, 1861, he served with four other brothers at the front until the expiration of his term of enlistment. In 1862 Mr. Boyington re-enlisted and continued with his regiment in all its marches, campaigns and battles until November 21, 1864. On that day, while on patrol duty guarding a railroad station at Huntsville, Alabama, he was shot by a bushwacker, and as a result lost his left arm. In June, 1865, he was honorably discharged from the service and returned to his home in Wisconsin.
SON AS PARTNER In partnership with his father, he purchased a farm in Hebron township, and was engaged in tilling the soil until 1870. Traveling by stage, where there were no railroads, he went to the Northwest territories, and until 1871 was employed in prospecting gold in Montana. Returning to Wisconsin, Mr. Boyington married Miss Lefa Waite at New Berlin on March 16, 1872. Mrs. Boyington died two years and six months ago.
In April, 1872, he came to the upper peninsula, locating at Menominee, then a small log-cabin village. On July 16 of that year he was joined by his bride, who came on the first regular passenger train that entered the town. Opening a billiard room and a dispensary, he was there in business until 1877, when he sold out and went to the Pacific coast. He settled in Seattle, in the territory of Washington, which was then a town of 3,000 inhabitants, with scant promise of its present proud position among the coast cities. He remained there until the fall of 1878 when he returned to Menominee, where he continued his residence for more than a year.
Coming from there to the original Iron county, Mr. Boyington located at Iron Mountain on January 7, 1880. At that time there were but four buildings in the town, and they were unfinished, although two of them were occupied by grocery stores. There was not a woman in the town until the advent of Mrs. Boyington, the few men residing there keeping bachelor's hall. Mr. Boyington bought two lots on which he erected buildings. He sold out early in 1882 and came to Iron River, making the trip with horses and wagon. He arrived here on February 16, 1882.
IRON RIVER WILDERNESS The site of Iron River was a wilderness, the only buildings in the village being three log cabins. He at once began the erection of the Boyington House, which, though it was far then from complete, he opened to the public on November 1, 1882. It contained fifty rooms and was well equipped for those days. On June 27, 1885, the structure was burned, but Mr. Boyington, with characteristic enterprise, moved to a house nearby and continued as before to entertain travelers.
In the meantime the re-building progressed rapidly, and on July 1, 1886, the present Boyington Hotel threw open its doors to the public. In addition to conducting the hotel, Mr. Boyington also operated a farm of 240 acres two and one half miles north of the village, and raised an ample supply of milk and vegetables for the hotel and all the hay needed in his livery.
In 1897 he admitted to partnership his son, Philip L. Boyington, and continued with him until 1908 when Philip took over the entire business. Since then, Mr. Boyington has lived retired from active pursuits, spending his time in fishing and hunting-he was an expert fisherman-and in mingling with his many friends.
He is survived by only one son, Philip L. Boyington of Iron River. A second son Burt died when fourteen years old.
The out of town relatives present at the funeral were Mrs. O.A. Day of Chicago and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Leubka of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
The honorary pall bearers were: Thad, Ralph, Will, Jesse, Will Waite, nephews, and Raymond and Robert Waite, grand nephews.
PHOTO CAPTION "Aged War Veteran Dies" Andrew J. Boyington Sept. 3, 1840-Nov. 15, 1923. Last photo of civil war veteran who died at his home in Iron River Thursday night.
FRAMES FOR THE FUTURE Iron River centennial book 1981 "The Boyington Family" page 381.
Andrew J. Boyington was born September 3, 1842 in Allegany county, New York, a son of Asahel Boyington, and died November 20, 1923.
NEWS ARTICLE Iron River Reporter Dec 12 1973 "History Is Written In Hillside" (extract)
Almost synonomous with the name Iron River is the name Boyington. And beneath the Gilman-Boyington headstone sleep several members of that prominent Iron River family. Andrew Boyington, a civil war veteran who had one arm amputated as the result of a civil war injury, arrived in Iron River in 1882 to erect the first Boyington Hotel. He lived in a pole shack covered with balsam boughs and tar paper while the building was in progress. The first structure burned down a few years after, and Andrew then built the second Boyington House which was the hub of the community for many years. Only five years ago, that structure was razed to make way for Al's and Sal's Bar.
Andy Boyington's funeral was among the largest ever held in Iron River. It took place in 1923. The remains were escorted to the cemetery by scores of cars and virtually the entire population of the town. Comrades who had seen service in the Spanish American War and World War I flanked the casket.
NEWS ARTICLE Iron River Reporter undated June 1951 "First Discovery of Ore on Range Made At Iron River, Not Waucedah, 99 Years Ago" for Iron Ore Centennial celebration with photo (excerpt)
THE BOYINGTON HOUSE One of Iron River's most distinguished pioneers was the late Andrew J. Boyington. A Civil War veteran who lost his left arm in combat, Mr. Boyington, who settled in Iron Mountain in 1880, moved to Iron River via horse and wagon in February, 1882. There were only three log cabins at Iron River and he immediately began the construction of the town's first hotel, a fifty-room "mansion." On June 27, 1885, the structure burned and all worldly possessions of the Boyingtons went up in fire. His son, Phil L., still living in Iron River today, recalls the fire. "I managed to grab $7.50 out of the cash drawer before fleeing from the building. That's all we had left in the world," he related.
However, the elder Boyington began rebuilding immediately and threw open the doors of his new Boyington house July 1, 1886. His son took over operation in 1906 and since has retired. The building still houses the Boyington hotel today. It was in that building where the famous poker game of 1888 led to the theft of the court house records by "culprits" from Crystal Falls.
FIRST VOTERS LIST Nov 4 1882 for Iron River Twp names AJ Boyington. It was part of Marquette County until 1885 when Iron County was formed.
OBITUARY of Philip Boyington 1960 says his father Andrew Boyington was among early settlers, arriving here in 1883.
OBITUARY of Lucy Cummings 1923 says she is a sister of AJ Boyington.
INFORMATION FROM RELATIVE great-great grandniece Natalie Halvorsen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lefa L. Waite Boyington (1850 - 1921)*
Philip L. Boyington (1876 - 1960)*
Bert A. Boyington (1877 - 1891)*
Iron River Cemetery
Plot: Section 2 Lot 3
Maintained by: Natalie Halverson
Originally Created by: Dale Safford
Record added: Mar 08, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7246377
This person was featured in the 1st annual cemetery tour in west Iron County, held at Iron River Cemetery in June of 2008. May your memory live on.|
Added: Nov. 29, 2014
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