Frederick Strasser Boice

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Frederick Strasser Boice

Summit County, Ohio, USA
Death 20 Jun 1905 (aged 67)
Galena, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
Burial Galena, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 13862495 · View Source
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F. S. Boice, Who Built First Sludge Mill on Short Creek, And Has Been Well Known Character of Camp, Passed Away This Morning

F. S. Boice, one of the most widely known and prominent of the business men of the city, who came to the mining camp in its infancy on Short creek, died this morning at 10:00 at his home, 509 Galena avenue.

Death came as a gentle messenger to release him from his long suffering, while the sorrow stricken family were gathering at his bed side. The arrangements for the funeral have not been completed.

The sad news of the death of this venerable citizen though expected, came as a shock to bis numerous friends in the city. His health has never been of the strongest and April 10, 1893, Mr. Boice suffered his first paraletic stroke. For the past two years he has been unable to give his attention to engrossing business cares, and this duty for the past eighteen months has devolved upon his faithful and diligent son, James H. Boice. During the past few weeks he had been slowly sinking into that blissful oblivion where the cares of the world are unknown, and this morning he passed quietly away. Death touched him and he slept.

Fredrick S. Boice was born in 1838 in Summit county, Ohio, and is 67 years of age. In 1869 he came to Kansas from Waverly, Ohio, on the crest of the flood of immigration which swept westward at that time, in search of freedom and the bright promises of the Golden West. He halted at Ft. Scott and in those early days became widely known among the frontier men as a dealer in hardware and furniture. When the ore was struck on Short creek, he came to the camp in '76.

It was his adventurous spirit and untiring hands which built the first sludge mill and the third crusher on the banks of Short creek in the embryo mining camp. He was associated with the Emmons brothers, and his son, J. H. Boice, in three mills and the sludge mill on Short creek and also built the first mill on the Wyandotte land. He has mined all over the camp with success and been conspicuously identified with mining interests. Mr. Boice has been well known in financial circles of the county and for thirteen years has been a director in the Citizens bank. He also has the honor of being the oldest undertaker in the state, having been engaged in that line over half a century. For forty-five years the departed was a member of the Odd Fellows. Mr. Boice was also a member of the city council for several years.

The departed one will he remembered as a sane, shrewd and practical business man, one who loved his fellowman and mingling with them in their every day life in delving for the treasures of the earth, lent them succor in their dark hours and inspiration in his manly battle of life.
The departed leaves a wife, three daughters, Mrs. Edwin Lobache, of Florence, Col., Nellie and Florence Boice, of this city, and a son, J. H. Boice.

The arrangements for the funeral have not been completed, but will probably be Thursday, under the auspices of the Odd Fellow lodge.

The Galena Evening Times, Galena, Kansas
20 June 1905, Tuesday, Page 3

Death of F. S. Boice.
From Thursday's Daily.

Frederick Strother (sic) Boice died at his home, 509 Galena avenue, this morning at 9 o'clock. His death was due to a complication of diseases and came after an illness of over two years' duration.

Mr. Boice was born in 1837 in Summit county, Ohio. He came west from Waverly, Ohio, in 1869 and located first in Fort Scott, at which place he resided until coming to Galena in 1877.
Mr. Boice was one of the pioneer mine operators in this district, and built the third crusher operated in Galena. He was prominently engaged in mining and has been successful. In 1896 he engaged in the furniture business which he has since that time conducted. Mr. Boice has always been one of Galena's leading citizens, taking a prominent part in the city's affairs, and was for four years president of the city council. At the time of his death he was a director in the Citizens bank.

Mr. Boice is survived by Mrs. Boice and four children, James, Rose, Nellie and Florence. The funeral will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. and will be conducted by the I. O. O. F. of which order the deceased was a member.

In the passing of F. S. Boice the community loses one of its pioneers, an honored and respected citizen, and a man of force and character. He has been identified with the growth of Galena for twenty-eight years, and his circle of friendship is a large one. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved family.

Galena Weekly Republican, Galena, Kansas
23 June 1905, Friday, Page 5

All members of I. O. O. F. lodge No. 195, are requested to meet at their hall Thursday, June 22nd promptly at 1 o'clock p. m. to attend the funeral of Brother F. S. Boice.
E. E. Julien, N. G.

The Galena Evening Times, Galena, Kansas, 21 June 1905, Wednesday, Page 2

Last Respects Shown The Late F. S. Boice by His Army of Friends.

The funeral of the late F. S. Boice was held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family residence. By special request the services were made simple, but in the simplicity lay their beauty. In solemn procession and mute respect, the many friends and acquaintances gathered to pay their last fitting tribute to the pioneer whom they had come to love and revere through all his long and notable career in the camp since his advent in the earliest days of the mining industry.

Floral tribute, profuse and beautiful, piled high by the casket spoke eloquently of the fond links of friendship now broken asunder. The funeral giving token of the sincere appreciation in which the departed was held. Throughout the solemn services ran a low hushed note giving evidence of the deep and heartfelt grief of the assemblage.

The interment was made in the Galena cemetery in the family lot beneath the grassy sod whereon so long the departed had led his life of joy and sorrow.

The Galena Evening Times, Galena, Kansas
22 June 1905, Thursday, Page 4

Even though his marker has his middle initial as "C", all of his census and military records have "S". The "S" stood for Strasser, which was his mother's maiden name, it is thought. His last name, however, has been spelled both as Boice and Boyce. His family used both. In Galena it was spelled Boice.

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