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Warren A. Boynton

Warren A. Boynton is one of the representative farmers of the younger generation in Clayton county and is known for his civic and industrial progressiveness and for his vigorous mentality and well fortified opinions. He shows a high sense of personal stewardship in connection with community interests and is one of the well known and distinctively popular citizens of Clayton county, within whose borders the major part of his life has been passed.

Warren Adelbert Boynton was born in Grundy county, Iowa, on the 1st of December, 1879, and is a son of Charles Henry and Sarah Ellen (Cole) Boynton, the former a native of the state of New York and the latter of Iowa, where her parents settled in the early pioneer days. Charles H. Boynton was the son of Charles Sherman Boynton, who was born at Rodman, New York, January 16, 1822, and who died at the home of his son at Strawberry Point, May 27, 1916, at the age of ninety-four years, five months, eleven days. In 1856, he came with his wife Clarissa and his family to Iowa and settled five miles east of Strawberry Point on the farm now owned by his son Charles H. and operated by his grandson Warren A. Boynton.

Charles H. Boynton, the father of the subject of this sketch, came with his parents to Iowa in 1856, and resided in Clayton county until his marriage. He then settled on a farm in Grundy county, after having resided for two years in Clay county, and he continued his activities as a successful farmer in Grundy county for seventeen years. In 1890 he purchased the farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Clayton county, this being the old homestead farm situated in Section 20, Lodomillo township. Of the children of Charles H. and Sarah Ellen Boynton, the first born, a daughter, died at the time of birth; Charles D. now resides near the city of Spokane, Washington; Alma M. is the wife of George Maresh, M. D., of Riverside, Iowa; Raymond Scepter, a talented artist, maintains his home at San Francisco, Cal.; and the sixth child, a daughter, died in infancy; Warren A, of this review, having been the third in order of birth.

After having gained due preliminary discipline in the rural schools, Warren A. Boynton supplemented this by an effective course in the High School at Strawberry Point. That he made good use of his educational opportunities is indicated by the fact that he became a successful teacher in the district schools of Clayton county. He continued as a popular representative of the pedagogic profession for one year, and he passed the ensuing two years on a farm in Grundy county. Upon his return to Clayton county he assumed the management of his father's farm in LodomilIo township, and after two years he married and removed to Wisconsin. He remained in that state only nine months, and since that time he has had the active management of his father's farm in LodomilIo township, where he has successfully given his attention to diversified agriculture and the raising of fine live stock.

Mr. Boynton is not constrained by strict partisan lines in politics but gives his support to the men and measures meeting the approval of his judgment, his attitude thus being that of an independent voter. He is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America; both he and his wife are earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. On the 5th of April, 1904, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Boynton to Miss Agnes Judett, who was born at Central City, Linn county, Iowa, and their six children are Charles Floyd, Ellen Margaret, Hazel, Adel, Howard Raymond, Edwin Russell, Faith.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 55-56
-submitted by S. Ferrall


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