Charles Boyd - Canada to Montana
From lumbering in the woods of Canada to presiding over the affairs and
destiny of an American city is a long stride in the advancement of a
man, but it is one of such frequent occurrence in our history as to
usually excite but little comment. It illustrates most forcibly the
possibilities of American manhood and the opportunities afforded the
worthies in this great country.
The History here suggested is that of Charles Boyd, the mayor of
Philipsburg, Granite county, who was born October 14, 1863 in the
province of Ontario, Canada, the second of the six children of Alexander
and Mary (Sharpe) Boyd, also natives of the Dominion. At the age of
fifteen he left the public school which, he had hitherto been attending
and went to work in the lumber woods where he remained for a year, after
which he worked on farms and lumbered at various places in Michigan and
elsewhere until 1883, when he came to Montana. In this state he spent
the first five years working in Butte and other places at various
occupations. At the end of that time he went to Philipsburg and engaged
in teaming and ranching for a year. Then in company with his brothers,
D. A., and A.J. Boyd he built a large brick stable and engaged in the
livery business, but at the close of the first year of business he sold
his interest to his brothers and went into partnership with another
brother William in butchering, a business which he is still engaged in.
He and his brothers also have a ranch of 640 acres near Philipsburg, on
which they conduct an extensive business, and realize handsome returns.
Mr. Boyd has a fine home in the town, and is deeply concerned in
everything that pertains to the welfare of the community, his interests
being identified with it and his natural tendency being toward progress
and advancement. After serving a term as Alderman he was elected mayor
in 1898, and in 1900 was re-elected. His fellow citizens find him to be
an excellent executive and faithful and intelligent in the discharge of
his official duties.
In political affiliation he is a Republican, but party questions do not
warp him in local affairs. Fraternally he is identified with the Red
Men, the Foresters and the Woodmen of the World. He was married at
Helena in August of 1893 to Miss Annie C. Wyman, daughter of Alfonso and
Elizabeth Wyman of Maine. They have four children namely: Clarence A.
Boyd, Edna E. Boyd Carl Boyd and a baby boy, name not known here.
In business relations, in his official bearing, in social life and in
general, Mr. Boyd illustrates the best traits of American citizenship,
and is justly esteemed and held in high regard by his fellow-man.
Progressive Men of the State of Montana, Chicago, A.W. Bowen and Co., 1902.