Floyd Boyce Phillips (1891-1971)
Floyd Boyce Phillips was born on 07 Dec 1891 in Aurora, Kane, Illinois as the third child of Guy Allison Phillips and Gertrude Lovin Boyce. He had four brothers, namely: Roy Selam, Albert Harold, Arthur Guy, and Charles Verne.
Floyd grew up in Illinois, but as a young man, joined brothers to farm in Canada. He headed north in the summers and then came home to Illinois for winters. While in Canada, Floyd played baseball. Floyd served in World War I and was deployed to France.
When he was 33, Floyd Boyce Phillips married Leona Catherine Miller, daughter of Frank Palmer Miller and Mary Leona Stolp, on 17 Apr 1925 in Sandwich, De Kalb, Illinois.
Floyd Boyce Phillips and Leona Catherine Miller had the following children:
- Stuart Frank Phillips was born on 19 Sep 1926 in Woodward Hospital, Sandwich, De Kalb, Illinois. He married Betty Jane Stephens at the Federated Church in Sandwich, De Kalb, Illinois. He died on 02 Dec 1987 in Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora, Kane, Illinois at age 61. He was buried in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk, De Kalb, Illinois.
- Harold Wayne Phillips was born on 25 Feb 1931 in Sandwich, De Kalb, Illinois. He died at birth.
- Lowell “Rusty” James Phillips was born on 28 Jan 1932 in Woodward Hospital, Sandwich, De Kalb, Illinois. He married Marilyn Jean MacWilliam in Massachusetts. He died on 31 Oct 1995 in Arlington, Tarrant, Texas at age 63. He is buried at Colleyville, Tarrant, Texas.
- Coralee Mae Phillips was born in Woodward Hospital, Sandwich, De Kalb, Illinois. She married James Frederick Krueger.
Floyd was a farmer, growing crops and raising animals.
He was featured in a newspaper article for inventing a better way to vaccinate pigs.
Growing asparagus was a specialty of the Phillips family. Floyd earned a patent for an asparagus apparatus.
Floyd was very active in his community. He was an active member of the Rotary club and the farm bureau. He served as a trustee at the Federated church and was elected to the school board. He also served on the Sandwich State Bank board of directors.
Floyd was known for being strict and disciplined. He didn’t drink alcohol and was quite serious. But, he could have fun too. According to the newspapers, he and Leona also had an active social life. We probably thought we were unique with our newfangled Facebook posts to keep us up-to-date on who was going where with whom. But we’d be wrong. As shown in the examples below, everyone got a lot of status updates about the Phillips family way back-in-the-day through the local newspaper.
Floyd died on 07 Jul 1971 in Sandwich, De Kalb, Illinois. He was buried on 09 Jul 1971 in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich, De Kalb, Illinois.
He is still remembered by his numerous descendants.
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How can I learn more?
The Phillips Family book covers the life and ancestors of Floyd Boyce Phillips. Also see the Phillips page for more information.