Biography of Alexander Boulier
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Alexander Boulier, who is now serving as assistant postmaster of Cedar Bluffs, was born near Chillicothe in Woodford county, Illinois, on the 20th of September, 1845. His parents, Henry and Mary Josephine (Sauvage) Boulier, were both natives of France but in the early '30s became residents of Woodford county, Illinois, where they continued to live until called by death. The father passed away in 1871 but the mother survived until 1900. He devoted his life to farming. They were the parents of eight children: Alexander; Mary, the wife of Andrew Beckler, of Marshall county, Illinois; Joseph, who died in 1905; Isabel, the wife of Jacob Faggot, of Lexington, Nebraska; Adelaide, who is living in Peoria county, Illinois; Josephine and Victoria, twins ; and Anna, also of Peoria county, Illinois.

Alexander Boulier was educated in the country schools of Illinois and remained upon the home farm until he was twenty three years of age. He then began cultivating land on his own account and continued to farm in Illinois until 1884, when he came to Saunders county, Nebraska, and rented land a mile and a half south of the present site of Cedar Bluffs. He operated that place untie 1902, when he purchased twelve and a half acres within the limits of Cedar Bluffs and built a nice residence thereon. He has since sold that place and bought another home in the town. For a number of years he worked at the carpenter's trade but in October, 1915, he became assistant postmaster, which position he is now efficiently filling.

In 1869 Mr. Boulier was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Bailey, and they became the parents of eight children: William H., living near Plainview, Texas; Carrie, the wife of Samuel Hoshor, of Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska; Mary Josephine, the wife of L. J. Schere, of Cedar Bluffs; Luella, the wife of M. J. Rochford, who is farming near Colon; Clifford J., an agriculturist of Cedar precinct; Rawiston H., also of Cedar precinct; George A., of Cedar Bluffs; and Irvin S., who lives in Fremont, Nebraska. The wife and mother died in 1914 and was buried at Cedar Bluffs. She was a sincere Christian and took a very active part in church work, in fact, was one of the organizers of the Presbyterian church of Cedar Bluffs.

Mr. Boulier gives his political allegiance to the democratic party, which he has supported since becoming of age, and he has been an important factor in local political circles. For three years he served on the school board and for six or seven years was justice of the peace. In 1899 and again in 1901 he was elected to represent his district in the state legislature. He has always regarded a public office as a public trust and has at all times proved worthy of the confidence placed in him by his fellow citizens. He, too, is an active and influential member of the Presbyterian church, in which he held the office of elder for four years. Fraternally he belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America and the Ancient Order of United Workmen, in both of which organizations he has passed through the chairs. He has led a busy and useful life and the high esteem in which he is generally held is well deserved.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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