Eddie H. Boos - reporter

Edward "Eddie" Hugo Boos was nineteen years old when he rode with the Corps. He worked as a reporter for the Missoulian and sent detailed stories of the trip not only to Missoula but all over the United States. He says that he rode a Sterling bicycle.

In 1896-97 he was enrolled at the University of Montana at Missoula.

Edward Hugo Boos was born 1 April 1877 in Illinois

1880 US Federal Census Lewis and Clark, Helena
In this record Edward is 3 and has a 1 year old sister named Charlotte. According to this census Eddie and his sister were both born in Illinois. His father, George E., is 28 and is a book binder. His mother, Dorthea, is 27 and "keep(s) house". No street address is given. George E. was born in Wisconsin and his wife in Kentucky. Both of their fathers were Prussian as well as George E.'s mother. Dorthea's mother was from Baden.

Daily Independent, Helena, Sunday May 2, 1880
Mr. George E. Boos has purchased the Herald book bindery, of which, since its introduction here, he has been foreman. Mr. Boos has rented, and will occupy rooms in Dr. Frary's building, on Broadway, where he will conduct the book binding business in the future. He is a first class binder and a gentleman of excellent business qualifications. All business in his line which may be entrusted to him will receive prompt and careful attention at reasonable charges. The enterprise in which he has engaged is one that should receive encouragement, and we wish him success.

Daily Independent, Helena, Wednesday December 22, 1880
Mrs. Geo. E. Boos, an experienced instructress in the German and English languages, contemplates establishing at an early date, a Kindergarten school for children from 7 to 8 years of age, provided sufficient encouragement is given to justify such a step. We hope the school may be established.

Daily Independent, Helena, Tuesday January 25, 1881
German Class for Girls and Boys
The hours for the German studies are Tuesdays and Thursday at 3:30 o'clock p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m.
The Kindergarden will open Tuesday, February 2d at 9 a.m. Parents will please have the little folks ready.

1900 US Federal Census - Hell Gate, Missoula, Montana
Eddie is a 23-year old boarding at a house or apartment on Higgins Avenue owned by William Murphy (a grocery merchant). There are ten roomers (including two clothing merchants, a grocery clerk, druggist, lawyer, dentist and a day laborer) as well as a nephew, two daughters and a wife living at the residence. Boos' occupation is listed as journalist.

1910 US Federal Census - Missoula Ward 3, Missoula Montana
Edward is married to Annie E. (3 years) and living at 400 Daly Avenue in Missoula. Boos is 34 and his wife is 38. In this record Boos' birthplace has switched to Kentucky. The birthplace of his mother and father is also listed as Kentucky. The birthplace of Annie E. is Canadian English. Boos is the advertising manager at a "Department Store" [I believe this is the Missoula Mercantile - owned by Annie's dad].

1918 World War I Registration Card
Boos birthday is given as April 1, 1877. His workplace is the Missoula Mercantile Co. Boos is 41 and still living at 400 Daly Ave. in Missoula. [This record is difficult to read]

1920 US Federal Census - Missoula District 154, Missoula, Montana
Boos and his wife are still living at 400 Daly Ave. in Missoula. They have a boarder named Lucille Lyda [very difficult to read], a 25 year old whose relationship is listed as "Launderer". This census indicates Annie immigrated to the United States in 1890 and was naturalized in 1900. Once again, Eddie's birthplace is listed as Kentucky. Boo's occupation is listed as an advertising manager. His wife is a boarding keeper and Lucille is a "university instructor"

1930 US Federal Census - Missoula District 8, Missoula, Montana
Eddie, 54, and Annie, 61, are living at 400 Daly Avenue in Missoula. Eddie's birthplace is back to Illinois while Annie's is "Canada English". Their house is valued at $12,000, fairly high compared to most of the neighboring homes. Boos' occupation is listed as "Advertiser" at a "Dep't Store"

In a chapter titled Putting the Army on Wheels, in the book Buffalo Soldiers of the West, Charles M. Dollar claims, "He [Lt. Moss] chose Edward H. Boos, an experienced twenty-three-year-old cyclist from Missoula whose father was publisher of the Daily Missoulian..."

apparently there was a falling out....

"Peter Towey, late city editor of the Missoulian, Tuesday commenced an action in the district court at Missoula against George E. Boos and Henry O. Collins, members of the Missoula Co-operative Printing Company. In his complaint he alleges a misappropriation of the funds of the concern, asks for an accounting, a dissolution of the co-partnership and the appointment of a receiver. S.G. Murray appears as plaintiff's attorney..."
- The Citizens Call [Philipsburg, Granite County, Montana] September 15, 1897

1896 R.L Polk and Co's Helena City Directory 1896
Boos George E., moved to Missoula, Mont.
[George E. is consistently listed in the Helena directory throughout the 1880s and 90s]

The Helena Daily Independent, Sunday Morning, May 5, 1929

Episcopalians Meet Next Sunday....
"...Individual offerings from all over the state, many outside states and even far distant countries are being received by the Silver anniversary offering treasurer, Mr. Edward H. Boos, Missoula, Montana, and it is the hope of the committee in charge that when complete the amount will aggregate $25,000...."

Click here for a nice biography on Boos

The Helena Daily Independent, pg. 1, Monday, Sept. 27, 1937

Missoula, Sept. 26 --(AP) --Edward H. Boos, 60, advertising manager of the Missoula Mercantile company since 1899, died at his home here today after a long illness.
He came to Montana from Kentucky with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George E. Boos, in 1888. The family first resided at Helena, where the elder Boos was publisher of the Missoulian during the Helena-Anaconda State Capital struggle.

The Helena Daily Independent, Sunday, March 20, 1938

State University, Missoula, March 19 -- (Special)-- A gift of 31 valuable Indian relics and 175 books from the collection of the late Edward H. Boos, until his death advertising manager of the Missoula Mercantile company, has been catalogued and arranged as the Edward H. Boos memorial collection in the treasure room in the journalism building at the university.
Mr. Boos during his life-time was always vitally interested in the welfare of the university. He attended school here in 1895 and 1896.
President George Finlay Simmons has accepted the valuable collection with the "deep thanks of the university." The Indian relics include several bows, arrows, pipes, Indian suitcases, belts, pouches, ornamental bands of various kinds, and bags and necklaces as well as several pictures. Many of the pictures were taken by Mr. Boos. All of the Indian relics are from Mr. Boos' collection, which he gathered over a period of many years.
The collection of volumes includes copies of the Sentinel, university year book, many of them early ones. The other books range in subject from biography and language to advertising and encyclopedia.
President Simmons said that the Boos collection "makes an important addition to our own collection of Indian relics. We are very grateful to Mrs. Boos for permitting us to have the collection which meant a great deal to Mr. Boos and which has now been made accessible to large numers of people in this state who are interested in Indian culture. The books will be a very welcome addition to our library."

Missoula City Cemetery website
Edward Hugo Boos Age: 60 Date of Death: 9/26/1937 Grave: 6 Lot: 15 Block: 025
Boos Annie Hammond Age: 79 Date of Death: 8/15/1943 Grave: 5 Lot: 15 Block: 025 Inter#: 07582

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