William Boyack is practically living retired in Independence, although he still has valuable farming and stock
raising interests in Buchanan county. He was born in Dundee, Scotland, on the 24th of December, 1851, his parents
being William and Jane (Doig) Boyack, who were likewise natives of the land of hills and heather. Both have now
passed away, the father's death having occurred when he was eighty two years of age. When in Scotland he worked
as a weaver in Dundee and there lived until after his marriage, subsequent to which time he came to the United
States, where he followed general farming and stock raising. He arrived in Iowa in 1855 and was thereafter a resident
of this state to the time of his demise. He was very active in politics as a supporter of the republican party,
although he had no political aspirations.
William Boyack attended school in Sumner, Buchanan county, Iowa, and when about twenty one years of age began farming
in Buchanan county, and subsequently carried on general agricultural pursuits to the time that he established his
home in Independence. He still owns valuable farm property in this county and is engaged in raising red Duroc Jersey
hogs and Durham cattle. He owns one hundred and forty five acres of rich and productive land and the careful cultivation
of his fields has brought to him a very substantial measure of success.
On April 12, 1883, Mr. Boyack was united in marriage to Miss Ida Safford, a native of Michigan and a daughter of
M. O. and Eliza (Hoard) Safford, who removed from Michigan to Iowa, settling in Buchanan county, where the father
carried on farming. His family numbered twelve children. To Mr. and Mrs. Boyack have been born five children: Frank,
living on the home farm in Sumner township; Merean William; Nellie, a graduate of the high school and of the Cedar
Rapids Business College, since which time she has been teaching in the schools of this county; Bessie, who is a
graduate of the Independence high school and is now the wife of Earl E. Penrose, living on a farm at Bonner Springs,
Kansas; and Donald, at home.
Mr. Boyack is an Odd Fellow and is the present noble grand of the lodge at Independence. He also belongs to the
Modern Brotherhood of America. His political allegiance is given to the republican party and he was especially
active in political affairs when living in Sumner township. From the age of four years he has been a resident of
Iowa and throughout almost the entire period of his connection with the state he has been identified with its agricultural
development, his success being attributable to the capable, persistent manner in which he has cultivated his fields
and raised his stock.
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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