Ilda <I>Caldwell</I> Boots

Ilda Caldwell Boots

Bagnell, Miller County, Missouri, USA
Death 2 Jan 2009 (aged 102)
Glenpool, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Plot Bl 32 Lot 35 Sp 6
Memorial ID 32720211 · View Source
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w/o Arthur "Art" Albert Boots.

Birth: 2nd known child of two in Bagnell, Miller county, Missouri

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Census: 1910, age 3 Boles township, Franklin county, Missouri with parents & older sister.

Census: 1920, age 12 Jefferson City, Cole county, Missouri with parents, older sister, aunt & niece, at 306 Water street, father fireman at round house, mother laborer in box factory.

Ilda lived in Independence, Montgomery county, Kansas, (where her father is noted in 1935 on 1940 Federal census), before she, husband & young son moved to Carthage, Jasper county Missouri while the United States was at the ending of a major depression. Many other men roamed the countryside, were looking for work, but "Art" was a cautious man. First, in Carthage he built a gas station, the 18’x11’ office at the front of the front building. He put in two gas pumps, just in case his motor court plans did not work out. He called his gas station the "Red Horse". Then, he built the first four rooms just behind the gas station of their Boots Court, renting at $2.50 per night, a place which at least once had Clark Cable, Gene Autry & Mickey Mantle as guests to name but three, on west side of The Jefferson Highway, located at 107 south Garrison avenue, that portion which was known as the "Crossroads of America", being portion of "The Mother Road", Route 66 , once sharing Garrison avenue, south of Central avenue, for the four city blocks, to Oak street until realignment straight west on Central, in the late 1950s. I first met her with "Bob" when she had a 1941 black, slick back, two door, Buick special sedan, picking him up at Carthage High School.

Some years later, following end of World War II, in 1946 after "Bob" was honorably discharged from the United States Army Air Force, "Art" & son "Bob" built the Boots Drive-In & Gift Shop across Garrison avenue, on northeast corner, of Second street which. Bob's mother, Ilda, (was divorced from Arthur in 1941) was the cashier. "Bob", regretted his father's guiding him to later own & operate it for fourteen years, with partner C Jude Arney, while married to Lois living, 1st with his mother at 215 north Maple, then 1800 Hazel street, lastly in the well built McElroy home at 1301 Grand avenue, raising a family before removing to Tulsa, Tulsa county, Oklahoma in 1958, living at 3635 Lakewood, 5782 Harvard court, and where he died in 2014 living at 6840 south Toledo avenue.

City Directory:

~ 1941: lived with husband Arthur at 311 north Garrison avenue, re "Red Horse Service Station".

~ 1949 a dispatcher for the Hot Shot Taxi company residing at 215 north Maple street.

Death, in Glenpool, Tulsa county, Oklahoma, ~ E-mail from son Bob, 25 FEB 2009, to wit: "Mom died at age 102 in a nursing home. She hadn't known me for 3 or 4 years, just a little vegetable. My Mom had been gone for some 5 years but the old parental bond lingers on it seems."

Father: Foley Edward Caldwell b: 8 SEP 1881 Bagnell, Miller county, Missouri.
Mother: Matte "Mettie" Quinn b: 18 SEP 1886 near Bagnell Dam, Missouri

Marriage: Arthur Albert Boots b: 14 AUG 1904 Iowa
Married: 14 NOV 1924 in Jefferson City, Cole county, Missouri
Seperated: 1941.

Known Child:

Robert Arthur Boots, b: 2 JUL 1926


Carthage Press
Tue Jan 06, 2009, 11:55 AM CST


Ilda Boots, 102, Glenpool, Okla., formerly of Carthage, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, in the Glenpool Health Care Center, Glenpool, Okla.

Mrs. Boots was born Nov. 25, 1906, in Bagnell, Mo., the daughter of Folly E. Caldwell and Metta (Quinn) Caldwell. She married Arthur Boots, on Nov. 14, 1924, in Jefferson City, Mo. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, Robert A. Boots, Tulsa, Okla.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Arthur and one sister, Irene Baxter.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7, in Park Cemetery, Carthage. Minister Bob Lyttle will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Knell Mortuary, Carthage, Mo.

Prepared in part by Bill Boggess.

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