William Knight Boardman was born at Troy, Vermont, on June 22, 1852. His family traveled to Lyons (now Clinton) during the Civil War. W. K. spent time with his relatives in Vermont and was educated at Dean Academy in Franklin,
Massachusetts. He returned to his home in Lyons and married Addie Henningsen. Addie was born January 6, 1857, at Sabula. They soon made the journey to Nevada where Mr. Boardman started a clothing business. They established their home at the present address of 738 5th Street. The couple had one son, Frank M., and one daughter, Lois.
Mr. Boardman’s brother, Homer, came to Nevada and the two took over what was known as the Mead Produce Plant. For over a quarter of a century, they were recognized as one of the largest dealers in eggs, butter, and poultry in the area. They also had creameries and produce houses in numerous other towns in central and northern Iowa. Later they invested heavily in a strawboard filler plant at Tama and also in Iowa land.
During the administration of Governors Jackson and Drake, W. K. Boardman served as State Dairy Commissioner. He also served several years as a
trustee of Iowa State College. The Boardmans were always known to be active and public spirited, giving to their community financially and otherwise. They were active in Central Presbyterian Church. Addie was a member of PEO.
Mr. Boardman died on December 26, 1910, in Los Angeles, California, where the Boardmans wintered. Mrs. Boardman also died in California on November 15, 1938. The couple is buried in the Nevada Cemetery
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