The photo above is one of my favorites of my Uncle Boardie (mid 1950′s). He grabbed one of our tricycles and zoomed around. He was one of those persons who knew how to make a quarter appear from behind your ear.
On a more serious side, he did marry.
With the marriage license obtained on the 6th of November, 1941 the ceremony took place on the 8th at the St. John’s Church in Seattle.
Robert B. Boardman of the county of King joined with Ruth Davidson in Lawful Wedlock. The witnesses were Vern C. Cahan and Helen Davidson. E. C. Schimeirer was the clergman.
From this marriage they had one daughter who was born in 1943. She is still living.
From L to R – Verne Cahan, Robert Brown Boardman (Uncle Boardie), Ruth Davidson, Unknown lady and man in wheel chair. I suspect that the one on the right of Ruth is her sister and the man is her father.
The marriage did not survive and they divorced in 1949. It was not a happy split. I was very young when the divorce took place and didn’t really know Ruth.
However on the 28th of April 1950, Boardie remarried to Blanche Alma Butler who was born 22 May 1914. We knew her as “Jerry.” My Uncle found his soul mate and remained with Jerry his whole life. They did not have any children. Boardie’s daughter would stay with them through the years.
Uncle Boardie continued in the business of plumbing. He took on his father’s business, eventually he and Jerry moved up to the Silver Lake area near Everett and remained there. We would go visiting them often. I believe they had a monkey for a while.
Here Uncle Boardie is helping my father Keith remodel our house. The goal here was to raise it up and build a basement.
In this last picture you see Uncle Boardie peering around the corner and then Keith, my dad, and Robert Boardman, my grandfather, Boardie’s father, who was a plumber himself.