Biography of James F. Boyer
Cambria County, PA Biographies

James F. Boyer, who ranks among the leading and successful business men of Johnstown, is a member of one of the early pioneer families of Cambria County. He was born at Mill Creek, which is now a part of Johnstown, March 5, 1866, and is a son of George and Mary (Palmer) Boyer.

George Boyer was a lifelong resident of Cambria County and was employed for over 60 years by the Cambria Steel Company and was one of the first men ever pensioned by that company. Mr. Boyer died. in 1921, and his wife died in 1918.

James F. Boyer received his early education in the Dibert and Adams Street schools, Johnstown. After attending Pittsburgh Business College he worked for the Lorain Steel Company as a machinist for 12 years. From 1912 to 1924 he represented various companies selling road machinery and contractors' supplies. In 1924 he established his present business, which is located at Room 31, Swank Annex. Mr. Boyer handles all kinds of road machinery, road graders, road planers, steam road rollers, concrete mixers, culvert pipes, stone spreaders - in fact, everything that goes toward the building and maintenance of a highway.

On Oct. 10, 1885, Mr. Boyer was united in marriage with Miss Harriet S. Constable, a daughter of Philip and Phyllis Constable, and they have eight children, as follows: Harry Lawrence, contractor and builder, Johnstown; Alva Dean, proprietor of the Boyer Transfer Company, Johnstown; Phillip, with the Conemaugh Lumber Company; Frank, manager Holland Furnace Company, Johnstown; James W., associated in business with his father; Jessie, married Campbell McDowell, Johnstown; Pearl, married John A. Cooper, of the Bethlehem Steel Company; and Edith, married Alfred Fleming lives at Johnstown.

Mr. Boyer is a member of the United Brethren Church, Knights of the Mystic Chain, Progressive American League, and Lincoln Voters' League. Mr. Boyer has been identified with the Republican party all his life and was township supervisor for six years and justice of the peace of Lower Yoder Township, Cambria County. He commands the respect and esteem of the community.

History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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