A Twentieth century history and biographical record of Crawford County, Kansas, by Home Authors; Illustrated. Published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL : 1905. 656 p. ill. Transcribed by staff and students at Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas.

1905 History of Crawford County Kansas


E. M. Boor is an old and respected resident of Osage township, where he is accounted as one of the most successful farmers. He came to the county in 1882, and for more than twenty years has been actively engaged in carrying on his extensive agricultural enterprises. His fine farm of three hundred and fifty-nine acres is located midway between McCune and Monmouth, and was formerly known as the "Old Cap place." He owns a commodious and delightfully homelike country residence, and the barn and other outbuildings and all their surroundings show the capable farmer and business man which Mr. Boor is.

Mr. Boor is a native of Bedford county, Pennsylvania, where he was born January 15, 1836, being of one of the old and substantial families of that state, whose dominant characteristics have always been industry and absolute integrity in all the relations of life. Mr. Boor was a son of John, also a native of Pennsylvania, and a son of Michael, whose parents came to this country from Germany, founding the family seat in Pennsylvania. John Boor married Sarah Miller, also born in Pennsylvania, and her father was a soldier in the Revolution. In 1836, when the son E. M. was but a few months old, the family moved west to Indiana, locating in Clay county. John Boor, who successfully followed farming throughout his active life, died at the age of forty-eight. In politics he was a Whig and a Democrat, and he and his wife were members of the Church of Christ, in which faith they reared their children. The mother lived to be seventy-five years of age, and was a woman of much goodness of heart and mind and has always been an inspiration to her children. There were seven children, four sons and three daughters, in the family, one of whom, Job, was a soldier in the Civil War.

Mr. Boor was reared on a farm, where he learned among other things principally the value of hard work, and his educational advantages were received in a typical old-time schoolhouse, fitted up with slab seats, a fire place, and other pioneer equipments which have long since given place to furnishings of greater comfort and of more value from an educational standpoint. At the age of twenty-five he was married to Miss Sarah E. Rector, and they have since worked together for their success in affairs and have enjoyed over forty years of happy married life. She was born and reared in Indiana, being a daughter of Price and Ann (Van Cleve) Rector, now both deceased. There were four children in the Rector family. Mr. and Mrs. Boor have eleven children, as follows: Aletha, the wife of T. M. Morgan, of this county; Emma, Charles, Ida, Annie, Carrie, John, Grace, Abe, Walter, Otis, the two latter being unmarried and living at home. Mr. Boor is a Republican of long standing, and he and his wife are members of the Christian church, in which he has been an elder for years.