In the four years he lived after I was born, I never heard my grandfather
except "Doctor." That was the name my grandmother, Mary Ida Inman
him. His daughter, Mary Ruth Boswell, referred to him as "Daddy."
What he was called
as a child in Mount Vernon, Illinois I have no idea.
Born March 12, 1865 in Mount Vernon, Illinois to Isaac Street and Margaret
Boswell, William Harold Boswell was the seventh of eleven children.
There had been a
set of twins and another infant who died at birth. I've been
told there was a Boswell
School in Jefferson County because there were so many Boswell children
there! Isaac, or
Ike as he was sometimes called, was seventh in a family of fourteen
children born to
Samuel Boswell and Elizabeth Taylor. At one time it must
have seemed that everyone
in Jefferson County was related to the Boswells. Some of those
families include: Dare,
Dalby, Hamilton, Green, Wallace, Duckworth, Wilfong, Feagin, Hagle,
Black, Mendenhall, Reynolds, Carpenter, Kelley, Bagley, Peavler and
William Harold Boswell married Rosa Hutchinson on May 11, 1888.
They had one
child, Rollyn, born August 4, 1889. I believe Rosa died in childbirth.
Widower and son
were living with Isaac Boswell at 1101 Prairie Ave., Mt Vernon,
Ill. in the 1900 Census.
Rollie remained with his grandfather until his father remarried in
"Doctor" became part of my grandfather's name in 1891 with a medical
Marion-Sims College of Medicine. He also received a degree from
College in 1893. Both were in St. Louis, Missouri. The
archives or Washington
University School of Medicine have the following listings:
1896 1208 N. 17th St.,
St Louis, Mo.
1900 Mt. Vernon,
1902 Bayou Meto,
Arkansas County, Ark. and Hagler, also in Arkansas County.
1909-1920 Almyra, Arkansas . Listed as licensed in Arkansas in
1905. Also listed as
1921-23 Ulm, Prairie Co., Ark.
1927-29 Hunter, Woodruff Co., Ar.
1931-40 North Little Rock, Ark.
The Arkansas Medical Society indicate that Dr. W. H. Boswell was a member
through 1915 and that he was President of the Ark. Co. Medical Society
from 1911 to
1913. Arkansas County records show that Dr. Boswell filed his
credentials as a "Dr. of
Medicine" with the County Clerk in 1901.
When Almyra, Ark. was officially incorporated, the list of names of
residents on the
petition listed "Dr. W. H. Boswell." He was subsequently elected
Almyra's first Mayor.
"Doctor" and his second wife, my grandmother, had two children, Samuel
Mary Ruth. At some point, Samuel changed his name to William
and became "Junior."
Aunt Ruth told me it was because he felt Samuel was a 'sissy' name.
She did not
remember him ever being called Samuel, though early photographs are
Harold Boswell." My father, Bill as he was later called, was
born June 5, 1903 and died
September 9, 1945. Ruth was born December 4, 1905 and died November
16, 1984. Dr.
and Mrs. Boswell are buried at DeWitt, Ark. as is Ruth. Bill
is buried in Fort Smith, Ark.
Dr. William Harold Boswell died in North Little Rock, Arkansas October
Submitted By: Jerry Boswell Barber