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Transcribed biography of William Boo

WILLIAM BOO. One of the most industrious and well-to-do farmers of Westchester township, Porter county, Indiana, is Mr. William Boo, an adopted citizen of the United States, who was born June 29, 1848, in Sweden. His parents were Peter and Inga (Nicholson) Boo, both of whom were reared and educated in their native country, Sweden, where also they were married and the mother died. Mr. Boo, senior, immigrated to the United States in 1853. He had received military training in the army of his native country, and when the Civil war broke out was a valiant soldier here, fighting in the Union cause.

William Boo was a member of a family of two children, received his education in the schools of Sweden and at an early age was confirmed as a member of the Lutheran church in that country. He secured employment at farm work until twenty years of age, when he decided to come to the United States and in 1868 located in Iowa. Later he removed to Porter county, Indiana, and has been a resident here ever since.

Mr. Boo was married on February 22, 1889, to Miss Josephine Holturin, who was born in Sweden, January 18, 1853, and came with her parents to the United States, landing July 9, 1863. Mrs. Boo springs from one of the oldest families in Sweden and traces her ancestry back to the sixteenth century, when her first ancestors in Sweden came from Italy. On her father's side the early representatives of the family were carpenters and trade workers, while the maternal line dates back to an early date when the Fectors were known as talented sculptors in Italy. Mrs. Boo takes great pride in her ability to thus trace her ancestry back through the centuries past.

Mr. and Mrs. Boo have two sons. Joseph A., born December 24, 1889, is a graduate of the Chesterton high school, later studied at the Chicago University and is now engaged as an electrician at Gary, Indiana. David W., who lives at home, was born April 15, 1893. They are active members of the Swedish Lutheran church, contribute generously to its support, and are participants in its social and institutional affairs. They have a pleasant and hospitable home and are held in high esteem by all members of the community in which they reside.

Source: Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. History of Porter County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People and its Principal Interests. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. 881 p.
Page(s) in Source: 853-854

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