Biography of James Boyce
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





JAMES BOYCE. - The Humboldt county hospital, of which Mr. Boyce has been the superintendent since 1910, has an established reputation for scientific care given to inmates and skilled supervision given to the adjacent tract of vegetable, fruit and hay land. Although the original structure, consisting of main building and two wings, was erected in 1890, it has been so well maintained that it creates an impression of twentieth century modernity, and its strong, substantial lines indicate efficiency as well as attractive type of architecture. Among similar institutions in the state it stands first in every department. The surgical ward and operating room are modern in construction and equipment, the drug store carries a full line of drugs for the filling of all prescriptions, the halls are wide and airy, the rooms large and well ventilated. The water system includes an electric deep well pump, an electric fire pump affording exceptional fire protection and a storage tank with a capacity of twenty three thousand gallons. A large laundry affords the best facilities for all the work of the institution and there is also a steam heating plant of sufficient size to heat the entire building. Besides the main hospital there are two cottages for tubercular patients and a detention home for unruly children. The grounds, twenty acres in extent, have been beautified in front of the hospital by planting trees, putting in a lawn and walks, and setting out shrubs and rose bushes. From the meadow in the rear are cut annually about twenty five tons of clover hay and eight tons of oat hay, this being used for the horses and the six Jersey cows kept on the farm. Hogs also are raised in small numbers, while berries and vegetables are raised for the use of the hospital. The capacity of the institution is one hundred inmates. So. far as possible they are taught the value of self help and are asked to care for their beds and rooms and assist as able in the lighter work of the farm. Each Sunday services are held and during the week lectures are occasionally given, while other forms of entertainment are provided when practicable. The present superintendent has installed a new system of bookkeeping which enables him to tell at any time the exact financial standing of the hospital as well as the cost of any article large or small.

The superintendent of the hospital was born in Dunlopsville, Union county, Ind., November 10, 1861, and passed the years of boyhood in New York City, whence in 1882 he came to California. After one year in Del Norte county he came to the Eel river district in Humboldt county and here helped to erect one of the first creameries, being himself one of the pioneers in the creamery business in the valley. For seven years he engaged in farming in Santa Barbara county, after which he returned to Del Norte county and devoted four years to ranching. Since 1910 he has been superintendent of the Humboldt county hospital at Eureka and has brought to bear intelligent supervision and wise management, so that the hospital stands on a par with similar institutions in the state. Fraternally he is a member of Eureka Lodge No. 652, B. P. O. E. Since coming to this county he has purchased valuable redwood timber and these lands represent an investment of considerable magnitude and growing importance. Through his marriage to Miss Maude Deo, a native of Illinois, he is the father of two children, namely: Beryel, who married Augusta Maxwell, and has one child; and Mabel, who married P. A. Guyot, and has three children.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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