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Edward L. Boyd Family


 In 1909, Jim's brother Edward L. Boyd was now a traveling salesman representing several companies;  he and his wife Minnie were living at 1028 West Gandy Street.  This was probably the same house where James and Sallie had lived, as Ed and Minnie later are listed living at 1030 West Gandy for many years.  The couple had a son, Edward L. Boyd, Jr.

1028 West Gandy
Today apartments occupy the site.

"Mother Goose" party given by Mrs. Edward Boyd in honor of the sixth birthday of her son, Edward Boyd Jr.

"Mother Goose" Party

The chief social interest of last week centered not about the grown-up set, but around the clever "Mother Goose" party, given by Mrs. Edward Boyd at her home, 1028 West Gandy Street, Saturday afternoon from 2:30 to 5 o'clock in celebration of the sixth birthday of her little son, Edward Boyd Jr. For ten days previous, a bubble of enthusiasm went the rounds of the families in which the little folks were preparing to go in fancy costume to this unique party, the most elaborate and delightful of the kind ever given in the city for the little folks.

Promptly at the hour a bevy of bright and interesting children, all in fancy costumes, arrived at the home of this little man to help him be merry on the happy occasion. On entering they were met by the little host, who was handsomely dressed in a blue suit representing the style of the Colonial gentleman; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd; and a real "Mother Goose," whose smiling face strongly impressed the treats in store for this afternoon to be spent in the land of childish lore. There were representatives of the many favorite characters from the much loved rhymes of "Mother Goose"—from the graceful Little Bo-Peep, the cunning babes in the wood, the charming Little Boy Blue with his horn, to the much-feared Jack the Giant-killer, with his weapon of warfare.

It was indeed a beautiful sight to behold these attractive children masquerading in pretty costumes, watching their innocent, happy faces and surprised looks at the unfolding of new delights. The group was ranged on the lawn and pictures taken, after which they returned to the parlor and enjoyed various games and marches. The grand march was formed and the beauty of the scene made perfect as the happy little ones marched to the dining room, where around a beautiful table refreshments of ice cream and cakes in pink and white were served. The table was beautifully decorated in pink and green. Ivy and rosebuds were festooned from the chandelier to the corners of the table, and graceful sprays of ferns were traced over the snowy linen.

The beautiful birthday cake, bearing the six candles, formed the table centerpiece. The places were marked by rose cups of pink, containing bon bons as favors for each guest. The candles were lighted by some of the little friends, making as many wishes as he is years old, after which the cake was cut amid much excitement in search of the trophies contained therein. The dime went to little Miss Elizabeth Mathis, the thimble to Robert Austin, and Paul McLaughlin secured the needle.

Games were resumed till late in the afternoon, when the merry characters from the land of lore reluctantly departed for their homes. One of the best treats of the afternoon was kept to the last, when the children were invited in the hall where the "old woman who lived in a shoe," from her abode in an enormous shoe, gave each guest a souvenir of the occasion in the form of some novel toy. She was a nice smiling "old woman," and certainly knew just what "to do" to make her many children happy.

A large number of ladies, mothers and friends of the little children, were present to enjoy the festive occasion, and many were the exclamations of delight and admiration heard on every side. Master Edward received a host of pretty gifts, and was congratulated for his gracious hospitality dispensed in his capacity of little host.

The following is the list of the little folks present and the characters they represented: Misses Edith Alice Hearne, Little Miss Muffet; Marion Platter, Mary, Mary Quite Contrary; Elizabeth Mathis, Little Miss Muffet; Katherine Tinsman, Little Red Riding Hood; Mary Frances Shaughnessey, Little Red Riding Hood; Sara Cumming, Queen of Hearts; Mildred Tone and Daugherty Collins, Babes in the Wood; Mary Brennan, Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary; Eleanor Boldrick, Miss Daffy Down Dilly; Margaret Tone, Little Bo-Peep; Estelle Sanders, Old Mother Hubbard; Janet Lingo, Queen of Hearts; Kathleen O'Herin, Old Mother Hubbard; Masters Edward Boyd, colonial boy; Harry Moore, Old King Cole; Charles Winters Jr., Spanish gentleman; William Murphy, Prince Charming; Charles Rutledge, Little Boy Blue; Will Kingston, priest; Dillon White, Jack the Giant Killer; Elwin R. Thompson, Jack of Hearts; Franz Kohfeldt Jr., Little Boy Blue; Freddie Butchard, Buster Brown; Sidney Elkin Jr., Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son; Henry Arthur Ashby, good King Arthur; Edward Leeper, Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son; Barry Reynolds, clown; Neil Boldrick, Jack of Hearts; Robert Austin, Little Boy Blue; Paul McLaughlin, Santa Claus; Robert Browder, Little Boy Blue; Sam Flannigan, soldier; James Howard, soldier; John Thomas Suggs Jr., Little Boy Blue; Jake Henry Jr., Little Jack Horner.

[Source: Denison Daily News, November 3, 1906]

James Boyd, who retired from the clothing business in 1926, died on June 5, 1927.  He and Sallie, as well as Richard and Edward Boyd, were buried in Fairview Cemetery.

Edward Lee Boyd

Denison Texas Herald
September 9, 1929

Funeral services for Edward Lee Boyd, 64 years old, a resident of Denison for almost two-score years, who died at his home, 1030 West Gandy street, Saturday afternoon at 1:50 o'clock, following a stroke of apoplexy, were held at the First Christian church Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock with Rev. O. L. Shelton officiating. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery with Short-Murray, funeral directors, in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Boyd was born at Hopkinsville, Ky., Jan. 23, 1864, where he received his early schooling. In 1890 Mr. Boyd came to Texas, first settling at Dallas where he was engaged in the retail drug business for about a year, until becoming associated with the Crowdus Drug Company as a traveling representative, when he came to Denison to make his headquarters.

After eleven years with the Crowdus firm, Mr. Boyd accepted duties as traveling salesman for the Greiner-Kelly Drug Company when the latter was first established twenty-nine years ago. At a banquet at the Baker Hotel at Dallas Friday, Aug. 30, attended by 250 employees of the Southwest Drug Company Inc., formed by the consolidation of the Greiner-Kelly and other companies, Mr. Boyd and two other salesmen were retired as the oldest traveling drug salesmen of Texas. A fitting tribute was paid the veteran traveling men on this occasion. Mr. Boyd had traveled over Texas for forty years representing the Crowdus and Greiner-Kelley companies and was well known throughout the state.

Mr. Boyd was married to Miss Minnie McDougle at Maysville, Ky., in 1897, after he had established his headquarters here. The couple returned directly to Denison. He was a member of the First Christian Church and the United Commercial Travelers.

A stroke of apoplexy suffered Friday morning was followed by convulsions, resulting in his death Saturday afternoon. Mr. Boyd is survived by his widow, Mrs. Minnie Boyd; one son, Edward Lee Boyd, Denison; a brother, R. G. Boyd, Denison; and a sister, Mrs. R. M. Meacham, Hopkinsville, Ky. The late James Boyd, who operated a men's clothing store in Denison for many years, was a brother of the deceased.

Pallbearers were Julian C. Feild, Judge C. C. Foster, P. W. Burtis Sr., H. H. Cummins, H. E. Pearce, C. W. Beaumont, J. F. Tinsman, and Jesse Whitehurst.


Denison Texas Herald
November 9, 1960

Mrs. Ed Boyd Dies, Rites Set Friday

Funeral for Mrs. E. L. Boyd will be held in Johnson-Moore chapel Friday at 2:30 p.m., with Rev. H. Daniel Morgan, First Christian pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Mrs. Boyd died today at 12:30 a.m. in a local hospital after a year's illness. She lived at 1030 West Gandy and had been a Denison resident 63 years. She was active in civic work here for many years.

Mrs. Boyd's husband, Edward L. Boyd, was a traveling salesman for a drug firm many years. He was a brother of James Boyd, a prominent early Denison clothing store owner.

Maysville, Ky., was her birthplace, and she attended school and married there. Her husband died in 1929. She was a member of First Christian Church.

She has no immediate survivors. A nephew, William McDougle, is expected from Monticello, Ind.



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