Biography of Walter A. Boon


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Boon, Walter A., son of Stephen and Mary A. (Wilcox) Boon, was born in Watertown, N. Y., May 13, 1843. His ancestors were of Scotch-English descent, emigrating to this country on the "Mayflower" in 1620. His father settled in Jefferson county, N. Y., in 1815, where he resided until his death August 15, 1892. The subject of this sketch received his early education in the public and high schools of Watertown, having graduated from the latter in 1860. His first business experience was as an apprentice in the Re-Union office, where he remained for two years. In 1862 he removed to Quincy, Ill., and engaged in the wholesale saddlery and hardware business on his own account. In 1870 he returned to Watertown, purchased the Re-Union office, and in 1873 established the Daily Dispatch, which he edited until the following year, when he sold out and engaged in the wholesale drug and grocery business in company with A. T. Conger, under the firm name of A. T. Conger & Co. This co-partnership continued until 1890. and from this date until 1894 he was engaged in the wholesale paint business. He then disposed of his business, since which time he has lived in semi-retirement. In December, 1873, Mr. Boon married Ella, daughter of H. E. and Culema (Kellogg) Conger, of Ithaca, N.Y. He is one of Watertown's prominent and substantial citizens.

Our County and it's people
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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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