THE CARTHAGE REPUBLICAN
FORMER CARTHAGE COUPLE CELEBRATE GOLDEN WEDDING
Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Boston of Keokuk observed their 50th wedding anniversary at a dinner in the Tiffany room of the Hotel Iowa in Keokuk, Sunday, June 9. Table and room decorations were gold and white. A three-tiered wedding cake served as the centerpiece at the table for the guests of honor, and dinner was served to 40 relatives and close friends.
The Rev. Hollis Boston, son of the honored couple, acted as master of ceremonies during the meal. Virgil Boston said grace and mementos were read by Mrs. Boston Scott. Don Westerhoff of Cedar Rapids, Ia. sang "When You and I Were Sixteen", and "Always" accompanied by Miss Pat Tyler.
The Mendelssohn wedding march was played as the couple took their places under an archway of flowers and white wedding bells to repeat their vows of fifty years ago. The Rev. C. L. Boston of Mt. Pleasant, Ia., read the double ring ceremony and "The Lord's Prayer" was sung in conclusion. After the ceremony the bride and bridegroom cut the wedding cake.
Charles Boston of Carthage and Mae Langley of Carthage R.R. were married 50 years ago in the home of the bride's parents. They formerly lived on south Washington Street. His parents were William H. and Nancy Boston and he had a rural mail route southeast of Carthage for about 15 years. He attended Carthage grammar schools and Carthage college academy, and also three summers of professional study in the summer normal classes sponsored by Carthage College.
Mr. Boston is now retired and he and his wife live in their new home at 418 South 19th Street in Keokuk.
THE DAILY GATE CITY
Funeral services for Charlie Thomas Boston, 101, who died at his home at 418 S. 19th St. Friday, July 23 will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Schmidt-Vigen Funeral Home with the Rev. Chester Johnson officiating.
Visitation is set for after 9 a.m. Sunday, and the family will meet with friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be at the Moss Ridge Cemetery, Carthage, Ill.
Boston was born August 3, 1880 to William Hickman and Nancy Elizabeth Boston at Carthage, Ill. He attended Carthage College in 1897 and 1898, majoring in mathematics. He was married to Martha Shipman, who died in 1903. Preceding her in death were sons Virgil and Lawrence. Surviving is Leona, who lives at rural Keokuk.
Boston married Lucretia Mae Langley on June 9, 1907 at Carthage. He was employed at the Carthage Post Office as a rural carrier for 13 years. He moved to a 500-acre farm near Rutledge, Mo., in the 1930s, and later moved to Keokuk. He was employed at the Keokuk Electric Metals Co. until he retired at age 75.
Boston was preceded in death by his wife on June 17, 1958. He was also preceded in death by two daughters, Mrs. Mertle Davis and Eva, an infant daughter. He was preceded in death by three sisters -- Mrs. Ella Burns, Mrs. Jessie Davis and Mrs. Minnie Edgecomb. He was preceded by two brothers, Marvin and Joe, and is survived by another brother, Ray Boston of Carthage, Ill.
Survivors include five daughters -- Mabel Mitten of Medill, Mo., Geraldine Clark of Cedar Rapids, Twila Oberg of Kingdom City, Mo., Leota Kendzrorik of Bradley, Ill., and Hazel Kelly of Elcajon, Calif.; three sons, Rev. Leroy Boston of Bettendorf, Rev. Hollis Boston of Van Wert, Ohio, and Iven Boston of Keokuk; 21 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
THE DAILY GATE CITY
Services for Charlie Thomas Boston, 101, of 418 S. 19th St., who died Friday, July 23, were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Schmidt-Vigen Funeral Home. Rev. Chester Johnson officiated.
Burial was at Moss Ridge Cemetery in Carthage, Ill.
He was born Aug 3, 1880 at Carthage, a son of William Hickman and Nancy Elizabeth Boston. He attended Carthage College in 1897-1898. He married Martha Shipman who died in 1903.
He married Lucretia Mae Langley on June 9, 1907 at Carthage. He was employed as a rural postal carrier at Carthage for 13 years. In the 1930s, Boston moved to Rutledge, Mo. He then moved to Keokuk. He was employed at Electro Metals until his retirement at age 75.
Survivors include a daughter, Leona Chance or rural Keokuk, from his first marriage; three sons, Leroy of Bettendorf, Hollis of Van Wert, Ohio, and Iven of Keokuk; five daughters, Mabel Mitten of Medill, Mo., Geraldine Clark of Cedar Rapids, Twila Oberg, Kingdom City, Mo., Leota Kendzrorik, Bradley, Ill., and Hazel Kelly of El Cajon, Calif., a brother, Ray of Carthage; 21 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wives, three sisters, two brothers, two sons and two daughters.
The Carthage Republican
July 1, 1936
DEATH OF CHARLES BOSTON
Charles Boston passed away at his home southeast of this city Tuesday afternoon, June 30th. Funeral plans are not completed.
The Carthage Republican
July 8, 1936
Last Rites Held Here
Charles Walker Boston, son of Sarah (Dale) and Reuben J. Boston, was born at the family home southeast of Carthage, in the East Union community, January thirteen, 1862. He lived in this home his entire lifetime of seventy-four years, and on Tuesday, June thirty, he left it for his heavenly home.
On June 26, 1884, Mr. Boston was united in marriage with Miss Rowena Yetter. After a happy wedded life of fifty-two years, the faithful, devoted wife is left to mourn the loss of a devoted husband.
Mr. and Mrs. Boston were the parents of seven children: May, wife of Dave Kimbrough and Myrna preceded their father in death. Those surviving are Goldie, wife of Olaf Dickinson, Gay, Lula, wife of Don White, Ernest, all living near home, and Fern, wife of Lester Frazee of Keokuk, Iowa. The grandchildren are Raymond White, Mrs. Leola White Shelor, Mrs. Ruth Boston Hardesty, Wayne Boston, Glen Dickinson, Robert Frazee and Marjorie, Norma and Geraldine Boston. There is one great grandchild, Kenneth Wayne Shelor.
Mr. Boston was very devoted to his family and they to him; he was a quiet, unassuming man, and happiest when at home with his family around him. He was a splendid provider. The Golden Wedding celebration, two years ago, planned by the children and their families, was a most happy gathering of family and friends. On last Friday Mr. and Mrs. Boston ate dinner with their daughter, Mrs. Olaf Dickinson and family in observance of their fifty-second anniversary.
The parents of the departed were from Kentucky and are remembered as one of our best pioneer families. Besides the parents, the following brothers and sisters have passed away: Mrs. Jane Lewis, Mrs. Amanda Wright, Mrs. Mahala Austin and Louis, Richard, Sylvester, Henry and Wesley. Those living are Mrs. Clara Newberry of Citronelle, Alabama, Mrs. Lillie David of Selkirk, Kansas, and Mrs. Ella McVay of East Carthage.
When a child Mr. Boston attended school and Sunday school at East Union and has always been interested in the welfare of his community. He was a member of Carthage Baptist church for more than fifty years; he has been true to its teachings, and liberal in its support; he was one of the most generous contributors to the building fund of the present church edifice. He was a successful business man, and honest in all his dealings. His recreation was music and he played several instruments.
Loyal to church, to family, friends and neighbors, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Short services for relatives and close friends were held at the residence at 2 o'clock, Thursday afternoon preceding the funeral service at the Baptist church at 2:30, Rev. J. W. Crouch officiating at the funeral. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cutler and Dorothy Frazee and Freeman Grove sang, "The Old Rugged Cross" and "In the Sweet Bye and Bye". Jessie Duffie played the accompaniments. Pall bearers were Charles Kimbrough, Frank Kimbrough, Rev. Morgan Webb, Harry Johnson, Cyrus Cutler and Ed Cutler.
The Daily Gate City
December 2, 1997
Rev. Charlie Leroy Boston
Sept. 8, 1921 - Nov. 30, 1997
DAVENPORT - Rev. Charlie Leroy Boston, 76, of Davenport, Iowa, formerly of Keokuk and Burlington, died Sunday morning, Nov. 30, 1997, at the Genesis Medical Center-East Campus in Davenport.
He was born Sept. 8, 1921, in Gorin, Mo., to Charlie Thomas and Mae Langley Boston. He married Alta Collett on April 3, 1949, in Keokuk. She survives.
Additional survivors include: a son, Charlie Leroy Jr. and his wife, Cheryl, Boston of Olathe, Kan.; three granddaughters, Rachel Joy, Sarah Cherise and Charity Rose; a grandson, Charles Adam; three sisters, Mabel Mitten of Memphis, Mo., Geraldine Clark of Swisher, Iowa and Leota Kendziorek of Bradley, Ill.; two brothers, Rev. Hollis Boston of Fredrickstown, Ohio, and Iven Boston of Keokuk; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Connie Lynn Boston; three sisters, Hazel Marie Kelly, Twila Oberg and Myrtle Davis; a half-sister, Leona Chance; and two half-brothers, Lawrence Boston and Virgil Boston.
He attended Bethany Nazarene College, and was pastor of several churches in Iowa. He had also been employed with J. I. Case in Bettendorf, for 17 years until his retirement in 1982.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, with the Revs. Bill VanPatten and Grant Foster officiating.
Burial will be in the Moss Ridge Cemetery in Carthage, Ill.
Visitation is after 3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with family meeting friends from 1 p.m. until the time of services on Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the Davenport Church of the Nazarene.