Biography of Harry C. Boardman
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Harry C. Boardman is an energetic and progressive business man of Oswego, and is widely known as the manager of the New York Telephone Company. He was born at Biddeford, Maine, Aug. 19, 1878, the son of James Francis and Carrie N. (Boynton) Boardman.

James Francis Boardman was a native of Ipswich, Mass., and died in Worcester, Mass., in December, 1911. He spent his early life in Massachusetts and later lived in Maine, being the superintendent of a foundry and machine shop. For many years he was interested in the manufacture of cotton machinery. His family was identified with the sea and his father was a master mariner between the East Indies and America for many years. Mr. Boardman was a life long Republican, a member of the Congregational Church, and belonged to the Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree, Knights of Pythias, and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He also served throughout the Civil War, as did his two brothers. To Mr. and Mrs. Boardman two children were born, a daughter, who died in infancy, and Harry C., the subject of this sketch.

Carrie N. (Boynton) Boardman was born in Maine, Jan. 12, 1832, and died at Oswego, N. Y., in April, 1930, at the age of 98 years. She is buried at Biddeford, Maine. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Boynton family's coat of arms is registered in the College of Heralds in London, England. She was the daughter of Joseph A. Boynton, whose father was Samuel Boynton, and the latter's ancestors were William and John Boynton, brothers, who came to New England in 1635. William was a school teacher and was the 23rd generation from Bartholomew de Boynton, who was seated at the Manor of Boynton in the ancient village of Boynton in the eastern part of Yorkshire, England, in 1066. William Boynton was born in Knapton, England, in 1606, and settled at Rowley, Mass., after coming to New England in 1635. John Boynton was born at Knapton, England, in 1614, and came to New England in 1638, and settled at Rowley.

Harry C. Boardman, the subject of this sketch, received his early education in the public schools of Biddeford, Maine, and attended Bowdoin College. He spent two years in a bank at New Bedford, Mass., and then became identified with the Southern Massachusetts Telephone Company, which was later merged with the New England Telephone Company. In 1912 Mr. Boardman was transferred to the New York Telephone Company and three years later came to Oswego as manager of the Oswego district, which comprises four exchanges, besides the Oswego exchange. Territory under his management and supervision covers 350 square miles.

In 1904 Mr. Boardman was united in marriage with Miss Nina Parker, of New Bedford, Mass., the daughter of Herbert and Laura E. (Linscott) Parker. Mr. Parker died in March, 1930, and his wife died in 1923. Both are buried in Woodfords Cemetery at Portland, Maine. In 1922 they came to Oswego, N. Y., where they resided with Mr. and Mrs. Boardman. Mr. and Mrs. Boardman have no children.

Mr. Boardman is a Republican in politics, a member of the Episcopal Church, and belongs to the Kiwanis Club, Oswego Country Club, Chamber of Commerce, Fortnightly Club, Knights of Pythias. He also holds membership in the Telephone Pioneers of America. Mrs. Boardman is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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