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Asa E. Boyer
Born October 1887

Asa E. Boyer, filling the position of county recorder, to which he was elected on the 3d of November, 1908, is one of the native sons of Jones county, his birth having occurred in Fairview township, in October, 1887. His parents, B. F. and Margaret (Falor) Boyer were natives of Indiana and Jones county, Iowa, respectively, and are now residents of Anamosa. Their family numbers but two sons, the younger brother being Clarence Boyer, who also resides in Anamosa. The family is of German lineage and was founded in America by Joseph Boyer, a native of Germany, who came to the United States at an early age and settled first in Pennsylvania. He afterward removed westward to this county, becoming one of its pioneer residents. Isaac Falor was for a long time a partner of Mr. Metcalf in a sawmill and was a prominent man. It will thus be seen that the family has been a factor in the development and progress of this section of the state for a long period and the name has ever been a synonym for good citizenship.
At the early age of fourteen years Asa E. Boyer was thrown upon his own resources and as the architect of his own fortunes has built wisely and well. He was first employed in the telephone office where he remained for about a year and a half, when, realizing the necessity and value of further education as a preparation for life's practical duties if he would work his way upward, he reentered the public schools, which he attended until eighteen years of age, when he was graduated from the high school. He was then employed in different ways for about a year, devoting some time to teaching school and later resumed his education as a student in the State University at Iowa City. There he remained for about a year, when he met with an accident which incapacitated him for active work for some time. Returning to Anamosa in May, 1908, he secured employment in the Welch factory and there continued until the opening of the succeeding year.
In the meantime he had been made the democratic candidate for the office of county recorder and the election, which was held on the 3d of November 1908, showed that he was the popular choice for the position. On the 1st of January he entered upon his duties which he is now discharging in a systematic, prompt and capable manner, his record being equal in its efficiency to that of any previous incumbent in the position. He has always been an advocate of democratic principles since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. He belongs to the Episcopal church and is a young man whose sterling traits of character have won him a strong hold upon the regard and affections of his fellow townsmen.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 487.


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