LEONARD ANDRE BOYS                                   

Goodland Republic, Friday, Oct. 4, 1912

Died:  Sept. 30, 1912



Passes Away at Kansas City Monday Night 

  Leonard Boys, after an illness of about three weeks with kidney complaint, passed away at Bethany Hospital. Kansas City, Kan., where he was taken for care and treatment by hospital specialists, the end coming at 10 o'clock Monday night.

The funeral was held at Lee's Summit. Mo., Tuesday afternoon and his remains laid to rest beside those of his wife who passed awav several years ago.


  Leonard Andre Boys was bom October 13,1837. near the Delaware Gap in Pennsylvania, and died at Kansas City, Kan.. September 30. 1912. being nearly 75 years of age. The deceased was born and grew up on a farm. and. as a boy and a young man. he assisted his father on the hilly and stony farm. Growing to manhood he emigrated to Illinois. The war breaking out soon after, he enlisted in K Company, 107th Illinois infantry, in which he served unto the close of the war. He enlisted August 2, 1862 and was discharged during the latter part of July, 1865. having served practically three years.

  Comrade Boys, returning from the war, located in Chillicothe, 111., and engaged in the mercantile business there. Here he married Anna W. Montgomery, who had come from Philadelphia a few years previously. In 1872 Mr. and Mrs. Boys came to Kansas, locating in Elk county on a farm where they resided many years. Four sons, Fred, Howard, Samuel and Harry, were born to them in Illinois; in Kansas Charles. William and Mary 'were born. Harry; the fourth son, died in infancy; Mary, the only daughter, passed away at the age of 15 months. In 1895 the family removed from Grenola. Elk county, to near Ottawa. Franklin county, Kan., from which place they moved to Lee's Summit. Mo., in 1903. Here his beloved companion died and was buried in 1904. Mr. and Mrs. Boys were earnest workers in the Methodist church. Their lives became closely knit together and in death they are not divided.

  On leaving Lee's Summit, Mr. Boys came to Sherman county and purchased a section of land, which he improved, and which is located seven miles northeast of Goodland. He spent one winter in California and Washington visiting his sons, returning to his farm the following spring. He was an active member of the Methodist church here and was also enrolled as a member of the W. S. Robinson G. A. R. Post of this city. He was a good citizen and a man above reproach. "The end of the upright man is peace."


  S. E. Boys of Plymouth. Ind., Dr. C. E. Boys of Kalamazoo, Mich., and W. A. Boys of Fresno. Cal., sons of Leonard Boys, deceased, were in Goodland Wednesday to look after the estate of their father. Two other sons, Fred, residing at Bellingham, Wash., and Howard, of San Francisco. Cal.. make up the heirs of the Boys" estate. S. E. Boys is the editor of a newspaper. Dr. C. E. Boys is a physician. W. A. Boys is a teacher in an agricultural college.  Howard Boys is the manager of the Methodist book society in San Francisco and Fred Boys is a farmer.

  W. A. Boys resided for some time on his father's farm in this county, but about a year ago went to Fresno, Cal., when he took a position as instructor in the California State Agricultural college.  He lately resigned this position to accept chair in the Kansas Agricultural College at Manhattan, of which institution he is a graduate.  His family has already returned to Kansas and have taken up their residence in Manhattan.


Goodland Republic, Friday, October 18, 1912.



A Large Audience and the G. A. R. Post in Attendance

  According to previous announcement, memorial services, in respect to the memory of Leonard A. Boys, were held at the Methodist church, of which the deceased was a worthy member, Sunday afternoon.  There was a large congregation in attendance, and the G. A. R. of this city, of which he was also a member, was present in a body.

  Select music had been arranged for the service and the hymns sung were especially appropriate.  Rev. Miller read from the ritual selections from the Psalms, commencing with Psalms 90:1:2-"Lord, thou has been our dwelling place in all generations.  "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world; even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God," etc.

  Singing and prayer followed the scripture reading, Rev. Miller taking the text for his sermon from the book of Job: Chapter 1:21.  "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blesses by the name of the Lord."

  The subject was handled nicely and forcibly.  "Job's Stability of Character Under Deep and Sore Affliction."  The divisions of the subject naturally fell into three parts: What God had given Job, what God had taken away from Job, and what was left.

  The Application:  What God had given Leonard Boys, what God had taken away from him and what remained.  "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord."

  Rev. Miller's character sketch of Mr. Boys was excellent- a just tribute to his memory as all who heard the sermon will agree.