GEORGE L. BOYD                         GRAVESTONE PHOTO                      

The Peoples Herald, Thursday, March 22, 1917, Pg. 1

Vol. 28, No. 43


George L. Boyd Dies.


  The subject of this sketch was born at Hillsborough, Ohio, September 19, 1846, and passed away March 13, 1917, at the age of 70 years, 5 months and 14 days.  The cause of his demise was a general break down induced by arterial sclerosis.  When three years old, he moved with his parents to Pittsfield, Ill., where he grew to manhood, receiving such education as the rural school of the new state afforded.  Fired with the patriotism and example of his father who served in the Civil War and was killed at the battle of Vicksburg, young Boyd enlisted in his nineteenth year in Company D of the Seventh Regiment of Illinois Infantry, on February 17, 1865, serving his country till he was honorably discharged when his services were no more needed.

  On February 7, 1875, he was united in marriage with Miss Eliza Jiles at New Salem, Ill., and this working and sacrificing companion survives him to mourn the irreparable loss of her life’s helpmate.  He was actively engaged in farming during his robust years, not only winning a living from the soil, but a competency for the declining years of himself and loved wife and legacy of worthy living to his surviving children.

  He was a provident and loving husband, a devoted and indulging father, a firm and constant friend, a kind and helpful neighbor and citizen and a patriotic and brave man among men.  He was called from the strife and disappointments of life the pains of decaying physical being to the reward and rest provided by a Heavenly Father for those that have loved and served Him, as the lamented one did.  Other then the sorrowing wife, those who survive him are his daughters, Mrs. T. A. Rich of Melvern and Mrs. E. F. Capper of San Bernardino, Calif., and his son, Louis Boyd of this city, a brother, S. S. Boyd of Detroit, Ill., and a sister, Mrs. P. S. Landess of Pittsfield, Ill., who was present at the obsequies.  A daughter, Nellie, preceded him to the realms of light, going in her infancy.

  In early life he was converted and united with the Christian Church.  He was also a member in good standing of the A. O.U. W., and through this affiliation, left to his wife a $2,000 bequest which will be hers as soon as the customary formalities are met.

  Funeral services were held at the Christian Church on Thursday, March 15, at 2 P.M., with Rev. J. B. Giltrow of the M. E. Church delivering the sermon and Rev. C. E. Hatfield of the Presbyterian Church, assisting in prayer.  Interment followed in the Lyndon cemetery.  The bereaved have the sympathy of the whole community in this their hour of sorrow.