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Title: Conrad Richards Boyer, M. D.
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Dr. Conrad Richards Boyer, deceased, will be long remembered in the country around Williamsport, Warren county, Indiana, as one of the best educated men in that county. He was a man of sterling integrity and highest moral character, and, though he was not a native of Indiana, he made the interests of the county in which he lived so many years near and dear to him.

Dr. Boyer was born in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 7, 1812, and died at Williamsport, Indiana, November 22, 1903, at the age of ninety-one years. His long life was filled with activity, until two years before his death, and he witnessed one of the most interesting epochs in the history of this county.

At the age of nine years, when his father died, Conrad Boyer was sent to boarding school, as was customary in those days, and he remained there until he was prepared for college. He entered the University of Pennsylvania, after suitable preparation, and graduated from that institution with the degree of Bachelor of Arts July 30, 1831, when he was only nineteen years of age. He graduated as Doctor of Medicine from the same university in March, 1834. A large and lucrative practice in his profession shortly followed his graduation, until broken health made a change of climate imperative. He arranged to go to South America and make his home there, but his brother, the late Judge William R. Boyer, then a resident of Warren county, insisted that the Doctor come to Indiana, and he changed his plans and came to this state in 1845.

The first twenty years of his life in Indiana were spent in the practice of his profession, with farming as an avocation, and he was very successful, but farming proved more congenial than his profession, possibly because there he found an outlet for his abundant supply of energy, for labor was the Doctor's pride, and he decided to turn his attention to farming entirely. He was very successful on his farm and soon had some of the most productive land in that part of the country. This was largely due to the fact that he farmed scientifically, using his head as well as his hands in the management of his farm as well as of his other interests. He took entire charge of his own affairs until he was eighty-nine years of age, when he was struck with paralysis and he became an invalid until his death.

On October, 23, 1872, Dr. Boyer married Elizabeth D. French, the daughter of Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Dudley) French. Mr. French, who was born in Connecticut, near Derby, brought his family west and located near Granville, Ohio, where he died. The mother brought the family to Indiana, and all of the family have made their homes in this state, though they were born in the East. Of the children, three boys and one girl, Elizabeth Dudley French is the only one living. She and her husband had two nieces, Mrs. Charles E. Kate, of Cleveland, who is the mother of Dorothea and Russell, and Mary French, who lives in Pomona, California. They also had two nephews, Harry French, of Baltimore, Maryland, and Herbert French, who is with Proctor & Gamble, at Cincinnati, Ohio. One of Mrs. Boyer's brothers, Josiah, was in the One Hundred and Twenty-Fifth Indiana Infanty, Company C, and was the sergeant of his company, under Col. O. F. Harmon. He was in the Army of the Cumberland and was killed at Kenesaw Mountain. He was also in Dan McCook's Thirty-sixth Brigade. His body was removed from the South later, and now rests in the cemetery at Cincinnati. All of the French family were member of the Episcopal church.

Doctor Boyer's life was greatly lengthened by the tender care and gentle management of his wife, and they lived together long and happily, for many years taking an active interest in the social activities of the community. Politically, Dr. Boyer mainly believed in the theories of the Republican party, but his vote was never cast for an unworthy man for the sake of his party. In the days of slavery he was an intense abolitionist. As he believed in the brotherhood of all men, he belonged to no lodge or society, and though he was not a communicant of any church and followed no creed or doctrine, he was a firm believer in God and his omnipotent wisdom.

Dr. Boyer was a learned and polished gentlemand and brilliant and entertaining conversationalist. He was physically brave and his moral character was of the highest. He scorned a lie and hated hypocrisy, and unprincipled acts received his most scathing criticism. He was highly respected by his friends and neighbors, and was deeply mourned by all who knew him.


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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001073
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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