Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Earle Montrose Boggess, Jr. (1896-1962)

Earle Montrose Boggess, Jr. was born on December 16, 1896 in Excelsior Springs, Clay County, Missouri.  He was the sixth of nine children born to Earle Montrose Boggess & Hattie A. Gaugh.  

Earle registered for the draft for World War I on June 5, 1918 in Newkirk, Kay County, Oklahoma.  He was working for the Empire Ref. Company in Ponca City, Oklahoma.  He was 5’ 10” tall and weighed 140 pounds, with blue eyes and light hair.  He was a veteran of the First World War. 

On May 12, 1926, Earle married Genevieve H. French in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.  He was 27 years old and she was 22 years.  Earle’s brother, Montrose, witnessed the marriage. 

Genevieve was born around 1903 in New York State, the daughter of Dr. Frank Dale French and Marie Frances Henry.  In the 1920 US Census, Genevieve’s parents are listed as being born in France; however, Frank and Marie were listed as having been born in Iowa.  I wonder if she was adopted, as she was not listed in the 1910 US Census in the household of Frank French.

Earle and Genevieve were the parents of two children:

Morton Boggess
Helene Beverly Boggess 

Just before his marriage, Earle was a resident of Bakersfield, Kern County, California. After their marriage, Earle and Genevieve moved from Missouri to California.

In 1930, they were living at 4225 Avocado Street in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California.  They were renting a home for $48.00 per month.  Earle was employed as a foreman for an oil company.  

Earle Montrose Boggess, Jr. died on April 16, 1962 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California.  He was 65 years old at his death.

Obituary for Earle M. Boggess
Los Angeles Times, April 17, 1962

Earle M. Boggess, 65, export manager for Baker Oil Tools, Inc., died Monday of a heart condition.  He was also vice president and general manager of Baker Trans World, Inc., a subsidiary in Canada and South America.  He was a past president of the Los Angeles chapter of Nomads, and oil industry organization.  He lived at 64 Roycroft Ave., Long Beach.  Funeral services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Dilday Mortuary in Long Beach.  He leaves his widow, Genevieve; a daughter, Mrs. Helene B. Greytak; a son, Morton, and two grandchildren.


Notes for Earl Montrose Boggess, Jr.
Military: World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database online]. Provo, UT:, 2005.  Original data: National Archives and Records Administration. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. M1509, 4,582 rolls. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
Marriage:  Jackson County, Missouri, Department of Records, Public Access Website, accessed 2 August 2007, marriage certificate #1926A0022636
1930 US Census:  Year: 1930; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 132; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 17; Image: 826.0.
Death: California Death Index, 1940-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Original data: State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.
Obituary: Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851-2003 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006. 
Signature:  See draft card information above

Notes for Genevieve H. French
Birth:  Census records
1920 US Census:  Year: 1920; Census Place: Grand River, Cass, Missouri; Roll: T625_904; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 37; Image: 617. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

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