Posted by: bonmac | November 21, 2012

A City Directory Study: William Boardman Family

I must confess that I was more interested in finding out about what happened to my great-grandmother Charlotte Ann McMurray Boardman than learning about my great-uncle William.  In order to find Charlotte, I had to study what happened to him.

My goal was to study city directories hoping they would tell me where Charlotte had gone.  The opportunity to visit the Los Angeles Public library occurred on a trip in February  2004.  My husband was attending a conference in San Diego.  So when he was finished we drove from San Diego up to Los Angeles. I wrote about it in my Trip Journal – San Diego & Los Angeles Research Trip 2004: 

“I picked my hubby up around 4:30 pm at the entrance to the Town and Country (San Diego)  and he was exhausted.  So we headed out on the freeway going up 163 to 805 and then we merged onto I-5 north.  We stopped and had dinner in Encinitas at a little Italian restaurant.  I had a filet mignon with gorgonzola sauce, very good.  We returned to the  freeway, I-5 north and it was truly an experience to drive to Los Angeles.  I do not think I will do it again.  There were something like 5-6 lanes of traffic. AUGH! —

“…Today is Saturday Feb. 21, 2004 and we are headed to the Central Library of Los Angeles.  I was told not to take anything of value to this library, so I am leaving my computer at the hotel.  I hope to find more obituaries and do more city directory research.  We will see.  I was told it is a good library back in 2003 by the very helpful attendant at the Laguna Nigel NARA Branch (moved).

Well the Los Angeles Public Library is really something to see.  It is terraced and the History and Genealogy department is located on the bottom floor a long way underground.  You go down, down, down and down some more on the escalator.  You can get around by elevator once you know what you are doing, but try the main hall escalator for it is really amazing, the giant chandelier’s adorn the hallway and it was very impressive.  The outside of the building looks like the 1930’s maybe 40’s in its style and they maintained the integrity of that older style.  The collection of directories is impressive and well used for it was all messed up.  I searched for Boardmans in these directories.  

The stacks on genealogy are excellent for some areas but not that great for others which is typical.  I did not find a Goss family history that interested me.  I struck out on the newspapers.  The librarian told me that it was not worth searching the newspapers because LA times does not support the regular citizen, only the wealthy would be found in it.  The Pasadena paper did not go back far enough and the  I was a little disappointed in not obtaining an obit on William Boardman.  I think I can go to the Pasadena Library maybe or contact the funeral home?  I am beginning to think that doing genealogy in Los Angeles is a tough job and you really need to narrow down the options as much as possible and get the location identified.  Things are so spread out and there are so many people there that it is difficult to sift through it all. “

Try this link to find LAPL research guides on a variety of topics of great interest including genealogy:  http://www.lapl.org/resources/guides/  The research guide on genealogy describes their city directory collection and more.

It is time for a confession regarding the following city directory research.  My husband helped me while I did other things.  Looking at his research notes now, I find that it is a little confusing as to whether he used microfilms or actual city directory books.  We think he used the microfilms at NARA and books at the LAPL.  The research got a little mushed between the two archives.  It can happen.  I recommend to take the time to be clear and in this case I should have gone over my husband’s results and made notes.  So the sources are simplified below for each year given.

Pasadena in the Past

The Map above is of Pasadena today and is from my Microsoft Streets & Trips software.  Click on the photo and it will open up bigger, then hit your back button to return, or close your tab depending on your browser.  This map refers to the listing below.

I was able to find most of the addresses except Mulberry and Burton.  I suspected in building the 210 Freeway (Foothills) they took out streets.  It means I need to find a map before the 1960′s to show me were these missing streets would be.

The red flag is for my Boardman Family over the years.  The red pushpin shows some of the other Boardman’s that show up in the city directory over time.  I did not do all of these people and addresses as I have listed below.

Pasadena 1924

Pasadena City Directory 1924, pg 122:

  • Boardman, Albert W. (Florence E) Caretaker h275 Mulberry
  • Boardman Alice M. clk h14 Mission ct
  • Boardman, Charlotte (wid Edmund) h 175 N Wilson Av
  • Boardman John (Mayme) civ eng h rear 258 Center
  • Boardman Wm T (D E Alice; Boardman’s Drug Store) h 175 N Wilson Av
  • BOARDMAN’s DRUG STORE (Wm T. Boardman), 953 E. Colorado, Tel Fair Oaks 3663

Pasadena City Directory 1925, pg. 137:

  • Boardman Albert W (Florence) caretkr h 275 Mulberry
  • Boardman Charlotte A (wid Edw) r175 N Wilson av
  • Boardman Claire sten r 918 Locust
  • Boardman Janice tchr Westridge Sch
  • Boardman Wm T (D E Alice: Boardman’s Drug Store) h 175 N Wilson av
  • BOARDMAN’s DRUG STORE (Wm T. Boardman) 953 E. Colorado, Phone Fair Oaks 3663

Los Angeles Directory Co’s 1926 pg. 128:

  • Boardman Albert W (Florence) janitor First Baptist Church h275 Mulberry
  • Boardman Charlotte A (wid Edmund) r130 N Catalina Av.
  • Boardman Janice tchr Westridge Sch for Girls r S Pasadena
  • Boardman Wm. T (Alice) drugs 953 E Colorado h130 N Catalina av

Los Angeles Directory Co’s.1927, pg. 136:

  • Boardman Albert W (Florence E) janitor First Bapt Ch h 275 Mulberry
  • Boardman Charlotte A (wid Edmund) r130 N Catalina Av
  • BOARDMAN WM T (ALICE) Prescription Druggist 953 E Colorado, Phone Terrance 3663, h 130 N Catalina av

Pasadena City Directory 1928, pg. 135:

  • Boardman Albt W (Florence E) jan h 275 Mulberry
  • Boardman Charlotte A (wid Edmund) r 130 N Catalina av
  • Boardman Eliz r1425 N Garfield av
  • Boardman Wm T (Alice) drugs 953 E Colorado h130 N Catalina av

Pasadena City Directory 1929 pg. 137 – City Directories of the United States, #46908 Pasadena. CA 1928-1929, NARA.

  • Boardman Albt W (Florence E) Jan h 275 Mulberry
  • Boardman Charlotte A (wid Edmund) r130 N Catalina av
  • Boardman Wm T (Alice E) Prescription Pharmacy 953 E Colorado Tel Terrance 3663, h 130 N Catalina Av

Pasadena City Directory 1930 pg. 137 – City Directories of the United States #46909, Pasadena, CA 1930, NARA.

  • Boardman Albt W (Florence E) h 275 Mulberry
  • Boardman Charlotte (wid Edmund) r130 N Catalina av
  • Boardman M. Eliz r1425 N Garfield av
  • Boardman Wm T (Alice E) drugs 953 E Colorado h130 N Catalina Av

Pasadena City Directory 1931 pg. 129 – Ciy Directories of the United States #046910, Pasadena, CA 1931, NARA.

  • Boardman Albt W (Florence) springmkr h275 Mulberry
  • Boardman David clk r800 S Euclid Av
  • Esther G housekpr 851 S El Molino
  • Wm. T. (Alice E) (Boardman’s Drug Store) h130 N Catalina Av.
  • BOARDMAN’S DRUG STORE (W.T. Boardman, 953 E. Colorado, Tel. Terrace 3663 and 575 S Lake Av Tel Wakefield 6222

Pasadena City Directory 1934 pg. 99:

  • Boardman Albt W h260 Mulberry
  • Boardman Florence E Mrs. h275 Mulberry
  • Boardman Margt J asst mgr of student houses Cal Inst Technology
  • Boardman Robert B clk r 130 N Catalina av
  • Boardman Wm E clk r 130 N Catalina av
  • Boardman Wm T (Alice) drugs 953 E Col h130 N Catalina av

Pasadena City Directory 1936 pg. 105:

  • Boardman Charlotte A Mrs. r130 N Carolina Ave  (Probably Catalina)
  • Boardman Florence E Mrs h275 Mulberry
  • Boardman Jane Mrs h409 N Marengo av
  • Boardman Robt R r130 N Catalina av
  • Boardman Wm T (Alice D C) pharm h130 N Catalina av

Pasadena City Directory 1937 pg. 72:

  • Boardman Charlotte A (wid Edw) r130 N Catalina av
  • Boardman Florence E Mrs h 275 Mulberry
  • Boardman Robt R gas sta atdt r130 N Catalina av
  • Boardman Wm E (Margt) chauf h130 N Catalina av
  • Boardman Wm T (Alice) pharm Market Basket h130 N Catalina av

Pasadena City Directory 1938 pg 72:

  • Boardman A Walter h240 Mulberry
  • Boardman Charlotte (wid Edmund) r130 N Catalina av
  • Boardman Daisy clk J H Spilg r130 N Catalina
  • Boardman Florence E Mrs. maid h275 Mulberry
  • Boardman Robt r130 N Catalina av
  • Boardman Wm T (Alice) pharm h130 N Catalina av

Pasadena City Directory 1939 pg 68:

  • Boardman A Walter h240 Mulberry
  • Boardman Alice Mrs clk J H Spilg h855 Locust
  • Boardman Anna E smstrs r275 Mulberry
  • Boardman Florence E Mrs h275 Mulberry
  • Boardman Robt R (Ruth E) mech Remington Rand Agcy r335 S Los Robles av
  • Boardman Wm E (Margt) chauf r130 N Catalina av
  • Boardman Wm T (Daisy) pharm h130 N Catalina

Pasadena City Directory 1940 pg 74:

  • Boardman A Walter h240 Mulberry
  • Boardman Florence E Mrs. maid Barcelona Apts h275 Mulberry
  • Boardman Geo E (Mildred) emp SFRy h617 Palm View pl.
  • Boardman Lucy C Mrs. registrar Cal State Nurses Assn r350 S Madison av
  • Boardman Robt R (Ruth E) servman JA Freeman & Co. r 367 Martelo av
  • Boardman Wm T pharm r367 Martelo av

Pasadena City Directory 1941 pg. 77:

  • Boardman A Walter h240 Mulberry
  • Boardman Allen r631 Palm View pl
  • Boardman Daisy E Mrs pharm Modern Central Drug Co r367 Martelo av
  • Boardman Florence E Mrs. h275 Mulberry
  • Boardman Geo E (Mildred) baggagemn SFR6 h631 Palm View pl
  • Boardman Lucy Mrs. asst Cal State Nurses Assn r350 S Madison av
  • Boardman Robt R servmn J A Freeman & Co. r367 Martelo av
  • Boardman Ruth E r367 Martelo av
  • Boardman Wm E (Jean I) h1184 Bella Vista av
  • Boardman Wm T (Daisy E) pharm h367 Martelo av

Pasadena City Directory 1942 pg. 76:

  • Boardman Alice D div mgr SR&Co. r367 Martelo av
  • Boardman Blanche bkpr Bell Small Animal Hosp r2116 E Colo
  • Boardman Florence E Mrs h275 Mulberry
  • Boardman Geo E (Mildred H) baggagemn SFRy h631 Palm View pl
  • Boardman Robt R r367 Martelo av
  • Boardman Ruth E r367 Martelo av
  • Boardman Wm E (Jean) USA h1184 Bella Vista
  • Boardman Wm T (Daisey) pharm h367 Martello av

Pasadena City Directory 1944 pg. 77:

  • Boadman A Walter h240 Mulberry
  • Boardman Daisey E clk Modern-Central Drug Co. r367 Martelo av
  • Boardman Florence E Mrs. h275 Mulberry
  • Boardman Geo E (Mildred H) bgemn Santa Fe Ry h631 Palm View pl
  • Boardman Lucy Mrs asst registrar Cal State Nurses Assn r777 N Los Robles av
  • Boardman Paul r 115 N El Molino av
  • Boardman Robt R r367 Martelo av
  • Boardman Ruth E r367 Martelo av
  • Boardman Wm E (Jean) driver h1184 Bella Vista av
  • Boardman Wm T (Daisey) pharm h367 Martelo

Pasadena City Directory 1947 pg. 93:

  • Boardman A Walter (Allyne I) h240 Mulberry
  • Boardman Allen B dr Ry Exp Agcy r631 Palm View pl
  • Boardman Florence E Mrs h273 Mulberry
  • Boardman Geo E (Mildred H) bgemn SFRy h631 Palm View pl
  • Boardman Robt R (Ruth) slsmn J A Freeman & Co h357 Martelo av
  • Boardman Wm E (Jean) plmbr h253 Burton ct

Pasadena City Directory 1949 pg. 103 –  NOTE: 1948 was not published:

  • Boardman A Walter (Allyne I) h240 Mulberry
  • Boardman Carroll R (Kath) rubberwkr h3127 La Tierra
  • Boardman Erma r419 Maple way
  • Boardman Florence smstrs Bryan’s Clnrs & Dyers h275 Mulberry
  • Boardman Geo E (Mildred H) bgeman SFRy h631 Palm View pl
  • Boardman Mildred Mrs. clk Bd of Educ r631 Palm View pl
  • Boardman Robt R (Ruth) servmn J A Freeman & Co. h782 Neldome (A)
  • Boardman Wm C slsmn SR&Co r6131 1/2 Springvale dr
  • Boardman Wm E (Jean I) servmn h253 Burton ct

I do not know who Albert and Florence are and how they might relate to my Boardmans if at all.  According to census they were born in New York.  I was hoping for a Canadian link.  It is interesting to follow this unknown Boardman family through the years and see their descendants appear.  They are the family that appear on Mulberry Street which I cannot locate on today’s map.

Focusing in on my Boardmans we see that Charlotte is listed from 1924 to 1930, then she disappears from 1930 till she reappears in 1937.  She is listed for 1936, 1937 and 1938 and then disappears totally. She died in 1938.  William T. Boardman is gone in the 1947 directory.  He died in 1945. We have the two sons appearing in 1934, Robert and William so they have come of age.  An interesting thing happens with William.  He first appears with Margaret as a wife and then he disappears and comes back with Jean as a wife around 1940. I cannot get a fix on him in the 1940 U.S. Census.  The family starts on Wilson Ave. and then moves to Catalina and later to Martelo Avenue as the years go by.  The name and address of their drug store changes which is very interesting.

There are quite a few leads that could be followed up on regarding the findings from the city directories such as marriages, divorces, mortgages, store ownership, obits on the other Boardmans if possible to see how they might relate, probates/estates and more.

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