Luther Boling papers, 1890-circa 1920s  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Boling, Luther
Luther Boling papers
1890-circa 1920s (inclusive)
1 vertical file
Collection Number
6078 (Accession No. 6078-001)
Poem written by and obituary and photographs of Luther Boling, who lived and worked in South Bend, Washington
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Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Luther Landrum Boling was born in Marietta, South Carolina in 1861. His father was a Captain in the 16th SC Infantry in the Civil War. Boling attended a business school in Lexington, Kentucky before taking the train to the Pacific Northwest in 1886. He lived in Yamhill, Oregon and Colville, Washington prior to settling in South Bend, Washington.

Boling worked in a variety of jobs throughout his life. In 1890, he lived on a timber claim in South Bend, which inspired the poem in this collection. He later worked in mercantile stores and owned his own store, which went bankrupt during the Panic of 1893. In 1922, he started a chicken and produce farm, which sold to local stores. He also worked as a janitor at South Bend High School.

In 1896, Boling married Myrtle Robb. They had four children: Marietta (1897-1977), Earle (1899-1903), Leroy (1906-1984), and John. John received his Ph.D. from Brown University and was later the Chair of the Biology Department at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. He did research at the University of Washington School of Medicine in the 1970s.

Myrtle Boling was placed in a mental institution in Salem, Oregon, in 1920. She died there nine years later. Luther Boling died in his home in 1932.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Living on a Claim poem written by Luther Boling in December 1890. Also included are photocopies of Boling's obituary and photographs of Luther and Myrtle Boling, their home, and a street scene in South Bend, Washington.

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Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Oregon--Poetry
  • Personal Names :
  • Boling, Luther--Archives
  • Boling, Luther--Family--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Facsimiles
  • Photographs

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)