Marshall County


Felix BOYLEN, a leading blacksmith and wide-awake business man of Lacon, Illinois, was born in County Cavan, Ireland, September 15, 1846, a son of James and Catherine (McENTEE) BOYLEN. In 1850, the family came to the new world, landing at New Orleans, but while coming up the Mississippi river the father died of cholera. The mother with her children proceeded to Cincinnati, Ohio, where they made their home for some time. In 1855, our subject came to Lacon, and his mother three years later, where her death occurred in 1883, at the age of seventy years. In her family were four children, but one died on the Emerald Isle. Patrick enlisted in the union service in March, 1862, in Company C, Sixty-fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and after three years and a half on southern battle fields was honorably discharged in August, 1865. His death occurred in 1872, at the age of twenty-nine years. Mary, the sister of our subject, is the wife of Charles BRADLEY, a farmer of Iroquois county, Illinois.

In early life, Felix BOYLEN learned the blacksmith’s trade, which he has made his life work, and has the name of being a most proficient and painstaking workman. In 1875 he led to the marriage altar Miss Martha DEAL, a native of Vermont, and a daughter of Adam and Martha DEAL, who were also born in the Green Mountain state. Five children blessed this union: Catherine, Frank, Mary, Isabel and Nellie. The wife and mother was called to her final rest November 12, 1887, at the age of thirty-four years. She was a devout member of the Catholic church, to which her husband also belongs. He is a worthy and valued citizen, and has been called upon to serve as commissioner of highways and alderman, being twice elected to the latter position and the present incumbent form his ward. In politics he is a democrat. He stands high in the regard of his friends and acquaintances, and as a public officer has won the commendation of even those opposed to him politically.

Extracted May 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.

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