Among the prominent and influential business men of Macoupin County we take pleasure in presenting to the readers of this work the enterprising gentleman whose name heads these lines, and whose energies have assisted in the promotion of the business interests of the county. Mr. Boston is prominently identified with many industries of his county, and is the leading dealer in furniture, hardware, stoves and tinware. He was born in Macoupin County, Illinois, November 26, 1856, and is a son of David B. and Catherine (Mitchell) Boston.
David B. Boston, who was a resident of Macoupin County nearly his entire life, came to this county in 1832 and took up the occupation of farming in Nilwood township. He still resides there on his first and only home he has had in Macoupin County. He had six children: Beverly B., a farmer living at home; Matilda, living at home; Jefferson W., our subject; Sarah, living at home; Charles who is single but resides on a farm near by; and Alice, the wife of John Williamson of Denver, Colorado.
Jefferson W. Boston was reared and educated in Macoupin County and after completing his education entered upon the cares of a business man. In 1892 he formed the business firm of Boston & Thompson, lumber merchants, which continued under that firm style until September, 1902, when the partners sold the business to the E. R. Darlington Lumber Company. Mr. Boston then took the position of manager of the Girard branch of the E. R. Darlington Lumber company, and so continued until February 22, 1904, when he purchased the business of John C. Beeby, dealer in furniture, hardware, stoves, ranges and window shades, purchasing a stock of $1,600. Mr. Boston is also interested in the farming operations of his county and in many other profitable industries. He is a member of the Democratic party. In fraternal circles he is a member of the Masonic blue lodge and chapter. Mr. Boston is one of the foremost business citizens of his city and has always been active in the promotion of the welfare of his city.
Mr. Boston was married to Lourena N. McIntyre and they are the parents of three children, namely: Donald D.; Celia C.; and Charles L. Mr. Boston and family are members of the Christian Church.