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 Vida Margaret <I>McClure</I> Boyle

Vida Margaret McClure Boyle

Virginia City, Storey County, Nevada, USA
Death 13 May 1972 (aged 91)
Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA
Burial Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA
Memorial ID 21177366 · View Source
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Vida Boyle was the second Nevada-native first lady, having been born in Virginia City on June 24, 1880. She married engineer Emmett Boyle in San Francisco on August 28, 1903 and they lived in Como, Dayton, Yerington and Virginia City before moving into the Governor's Mansion in 1915. After her husband's death in 1926, she remained active in civic affairs. She died in Reno on May 13, 1972.

Vida McClure Boyle 91, widow of former Nevada Governor Emmet Boyle, died Saturday in a Reno hospital following a lengthy illness.

A native of Virginia City City and lifelong resident of Nevada, she was long active in historic, political, and civic affairs in the state.

She prided herself as "a conslant helpmeet" to her husband during his two terms as governor (1915-22), throught his successful career as a moning engineer, and in his other business ventures, which included a time in which he was publisher and owner of the Nevada State Journal.

Her grandfathers came West in the gold rush of 1850, staking calims in the Yankee Jim' area of California and then moving thier families to Virginia City with the comstock bonanza.

Her fathe, Barney McClure, was once manager of the Opera House in Carson City and on another occasion, was manager of the Bliss Box Factory there.

Mrs. Boyle attended schools in carson City. During those years, the Governor's Mansion which she later to occupy, was being build just a few blocks from her home. The man she was to marry, Boyle, was born in nearby Gold Hill, but the couple was destined to meet until they were out of school. They were married in San Francisco, in 1908.

Boyle was a brand new mining engineer, and the couple's first home was in the mining camp of Como, southeat of Dayton. Mining interests later took them to Dayton, then to Yerington and, in 1910, back to Virginia City.

It was from Storey county that Boyle was elected to the governorship, following the lead of his father who had been a prominet comstock ming man and a member of the State Legistature from Storey County. In a newspaper interview some years ago, Mrs. Boyle recalled her years in the governor's mansion as being "informal", and lots of fun. It was our home and we did'nt think of it as a mansion. "We liked to have young pepole especially," she said, and we'd roll back the rungs and Emmet would play the piano and we'd all dance." when Boyle left office in 1922 and purchased the Journal, the couple moved to reno, where Mrs. Boyle would later continue her residence. Boyle died in 1920.

Continuting her active interest in community affairs, she was to become the State of Nevada's representative and was in charge of the state's exhibit at the San Francisco World fair of 1939. In 1959, she was saluted at a reception in the Governor's mansion which hornored her participation in the successes of the Silver Centennial Committee, and her part in making the Virginia City pageant a success.
Summing up her flair for life, Mrs. Boyle responded thusly to a reporter's question: "what was the most fun-your life as a first lady or as wife to a mining engineer?" "Oh", Mrs. Boyle said, " being wife to a journalist. That was most exciting. Then the mining, then the politics. Oh but of course, it was all fun.

Surviving are a niece, Marylou McClure Taylor , of Menlo Park, Calif, a nephew, Barney H. McClure, of Atheron, Calif. Nine grandnieces and grandnephews.

A private graveside service was to be conducted at 3 p.m. today in the Masonic Memorial Gardens. Ross, Burke and Knobel Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Reno Evening Gazette News, Reno, NV
May 15, 1972

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