Biography of Calvin Boyer

This well known gentleman is one of the leading stockmen of Nez Perces County. He has a broad estate of eight hundred acres, twenty-four miles southeast from Lewiston, and handles over two thousand head of sheep and some cattle. He has good improvements, is enterprising in his labors, stands well with his fellows, and is an upright and capable man of integrity and worth.

Calvin Boyer was born in Adams County, Pennsylvania, on November 11, 1858, being the son of Martin and Hannah (Keekler) Boyer. The father was a shoemaker, born in 1830, in Adams County also, served in the Civil War and now is passing the riper years of his life in retirement in Lewiston. The mother was born in Pennsylvania in 1835 and is now living in Lewiston. Her mother lived to the great age of ninety years. When fourteen years of age, Calvin went with his parents to Van Buren County, Iowa, and four years later the family went to Ellsworth County, Kansas, and there tilled the soil for three years. Another move was made, this time to Scotland County, Missouri, and there our subject went to work for himself in 1879.

In 1884 he removed thence to Ellsworth County again, and in 1887 he came to Idaho. He selected land on Waha prairie in Red Bird flat and there began operations in general farming and stock raising which have culminated so successfully.

On December 21, 1893, Mr. Boyer married Miss Naomi, daughter of Perry and Ann (Teel) Steen. The father is a sheep man in Asotin County, Washington, and was born in Indiana, while the mother was born in Illinois. Mrs. Boyer was born in Walla Walla County, Washington, on January 8, 1871, and she has three brothers and sisters, R. R., Etta, May. Mr. Boyer has the following named brothers and sister, Martin, James, both in this County, Mary M. Dowd. To Mr. and Mrs. Boyer there have been born three children; Laurine Pearl, Richard M., Mildred M.

In political matters Mr. Boyer is a Republican and he votes the ticket straight, having ever labored for the principles of his party.

Source: An Illustrated History of North Idaho: Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, state of Idaho; Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903

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