Joseph Barrett Boaz

Joseph Barrett Boaz was born 24 Sep 1878, Calhoun, Gordon CO, GA and died 11 May 1931, Palatka, Putnam CO, FL. His wife Flora (Flossie) Christenson was born about 1888 in WV and died 29 Nov 1980, Putnam CO, FL.
J. B. lived in Calhoun until he was a young man.. After he became of age, he accepted a position with a New York produce house to go the Hastings to buy potatoes. The family is listed on page 4 of the 1920 census of Flagler CO, FL with his occupation given as "B- Barrel Factory." In the 1930 census of Putnam CO, FL his occupation is listed as manufacturer of barrels.

The Bunnell Home Builder of Dec 1912 states "Mr J. B. Boaz seems to be the busiest man in Bunnell these days and he well might be as he is the manager of the Bunnell Potato and Supply Company, with offices in the Bank Building." Also, "Mrs J. B. Boaz and son Gerheardt arrived from Tampa and are stopping for the present with R. L. Byrd."

Joseph B. Boaz was the town clerk of Bunnell when it was incorporated in June 1913. An article in this same paper in Oct 1913 stated that “among the new dwelling houses that will be erected in Bunnell within the next two months are those of Fred R. Kaiser, J. C. Johnson, J. B. Boaz and Bunnell State Bank.

He was the first editor of the St. Johns Tribune, with the first edition published in Bunnell on 06 Feb 1913. He owned and operated the newspaper until he sold it to Robert Lee Harper in 1918. Harper operated the newspaper until 01 Jan 1924 when he sold it to Alexander Martin (Duke) McDaniel and Melvin Blanchard Fuller. In Mar 1939, McDaniel sold his interest to Fuller. The name of the newspaper was changed from The St. Johns Tribune to The Flagler Tribune when Flagler CO was established in 1917.

In Feb 1918 he was elected Mayor of Bunnell but resigned in April.

The Dutton-Boaz Barrel Company began operation in Flagler CO in the winter of 1918. In Jan 1919 they had orders above 50,000 and they were looking for more cooper to add to the four they already had employed (note: the Dutton above was J F Dutton of Sanford, FL).

An article in The Flagler Tribune of 18 Mar 1920 stated that he and son Gerheardt left yesterday for Palatka where he has prepared a new home. The only known child of Mr and Mrs Boaz was;

1. Theodore Gerheardt Boaz, born 17 Jul 1911, Calhoun, Gordon CO, GA, died 04 Nov 1956, St Augustine, St Johns CO, FL.


Source: The First Families of Flagler by Mary Ketus Deen Holland who listed as sources: Census and Published Articles.

Additional sources used by the compiler were: 1930 United States Federal Census, Palatka, Putnam CO, FL; Family information posted on; Florida Death Index, 1877-1998; Social Security Death Index and World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.

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