Representative Charles E. Boies View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 7/2/1920
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
House: 37 (1917) - 38 (1919)
Home County: Buchanan
Charles E. Boies
Buchanan County


Charles E. Boies was born on a farm in Boone county, Illinois, January 15, 1859, and at the age of fourteen came with the family to Iowa, where he settled on a farm.

January 26, 1880, he was united in marriage to Miss Clara I. Miller, with whom he lived in happy companionship for over forty years. Mr. Boies remained a resident of Buchanan county until the time of his death. He was engaged in farming and stock raising all the time of his mature manhood.

Since boyhood Mr. Boies was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church, which he served in an official capacity for many years. He was a member of the official board at the time of his death. He was not a member in name only, but a sincere Christian.

Mr. Boies is survived by his widow and two daughters, Mrs. E. M. Wilcox, and Miss Inez M. Boies. His only son, Corporal Burr Boies, died in France October 13, 1918. Mr. Boise also is survived by two brothers, Horace L. of Quasqueton, and Congressman Wm. D. Boies, of Sheldon.

Mr. Boies was a member of the Independence Lodge No. 87, A. F. and A. M., Declaration chapter O. E. S., Wapsi camp, M. W. A., and the Sons of the American Revolution. During his lifetime he was called to fill various public offices, including township positions and as a member of the board of supervisors. At his death he was serving his second term as Buchanan county’s representative in the Iowa house of Representatives.

As has been said of him: “Truly a good and useful man has left us, and not only his relatives, the church and Buchanan county, but the whole state of Iowa sustains a great loss. It is reassuring to know that the good which men do is not buried with them.

He was thoroughly honest, earnest, conscientious, quiet and unassuming. He made no pretensions of being an orator.

In the legislature it was in committee work that his influence was felt, where, as man to man, in his unpretentious way, he could present facts, figures and sound common sense to his co-workers. And when he got up to talk he always said something worth while in his plain, convincing way.

He was ever kindly, charitable, friendly, the best type of citizen. In his death the entire county and state mourns with the bereaved widow, daughters, brothers and other relatives. Especially was his death a shock to the members of the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth General Assembly who were so intimately acquainted with him. A truly good man has passed on, and his memory will long endure.

Whereas, The life and character of the deceased, and his long and exemplary service calls for such as to place his memory among those highly respected and esteemed in the state of Iowa.

Therefore, Be It Resolved, That the House of Representatives of the state of Iowa, take this occasion to express its appreciation of the splendid character, and the public services of the deceased, and at this time extend to the surviving members of his family our sincere sympathy in their sorrow.

And Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of the resolution be spread upon the journal; that the chief clerk be directed to forward an engrossed copy of the same, to be sent to the widow of the deceased and surviving members of the family.





Adopted March 23, 1921.