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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.

William and Alice Boardman’s Family!

William Thomas Boardman married Daisy Emily Alice Colbeck on 6 July 1908 in Vancouver, British Columbia.  I had only the index information but not their marriage record.  Here is that source.

Source:  Marriage Record for Wm. T. Boardman and Daisy Emily A. Colbeck, 1908, British Columbia Archives website, Reg #1908-09-055705, Roll # B11374, GSU #1983702, Result #5 in Marriage Index, Feb 19, 2003.

Recently a very kind reader sent me a link to the Royal BC Museum where they are placing BMD’s online.

http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/BasicSearch

You can use the above link to find the actual marriage record for William and Alice from the Royal BC Museum.

As you will recall, I presented William and Alice’s naturalization in the last post.   Alice stated she was born in Vancouver, B.C. (not WA) on her Naturalization paper and signed it.  This marriage record above states that she was born in Sydney, Australia.  So there is this interesting discrepancy in the birth location of Daisy Emily Alice Colbeck Boardman and what does it mean? It is probably an interesting story.

The marriage record provides the name of her parents so that is a nice piece of information.  Again thanks to my kind helpful reader.

According to their Certificate of Arrival the couple migrated to the U.S. arriving on 10 Dec 1919.  I have featured the 1920 Census for William and Alice in a past post showing that they were living in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California by that time.

Willie and Daisy had the following two sons:

1.  William Edmund Boardman born 2 April 1914 in Canada, probably Vancouver, B.C. and died 29 September 1979 in Atascadero, San Luis Opispo Co., California.  He was buried there on 2 Oct. 1979 and according to Find A Grave he is in the Arroyo Grande Cemetery, Section L.  They did not have a photograph of the tombstone but I am getting closer to that goal.  William married a Jean I. Miller.  I do not know if they had any children nor what happened to Jean.  It is possible that William E. was married before to a Margaret per Pasadena city directories.

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 Ancestry.com

    • William E. Boardman
    • Birth Year: 1914
    • Race: White, not yet a citizen
    • Nativity State or Country: British North America or Canada or Labrador or Newfoundland
    • State: California
    • County or City: Los Angeles
    • Enlistment Date: 3 Mar 1943
    • Enlistment State: California
    • Enlistment, City: Los Angeles
    • Branch: No branch assignment
    • Branch Code: No branch assignment,
    • Grade:Private
    • Grade Code: Private
    • Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law. 
    • Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
    • Source: Civil Life
    • Education: 2 years of high school
    • Civil Occupation: Tracktor Driver* or Truck Driver, Heavy or Chauffeur or Truck Driver, Light An asterisk (*) appearing after a job title indicates that a trade test for the particular occupation will be found in the United States Employment Service Manual, Oral Trade Test.
    • Marital Status: Married, Height: 66, Weight:103.

The weight of 103 seems way too low but that is what the record states. I am wondering if it should have been 130 for his brother is 134.

I have not taken the time to find an obituary notice on William. I do have a death certificate from California for William it reads:

William Edmund Boardman (son of Wm. T.) died on Sept. 29, 1979 (hse 0620) at age 65.  His date of birth was April 2, 1914.  He was born in Canada.  His mother was Daisy Colbeck also born in Canada.  He was a citizen of the USA.  SS#____.  He was married to Jean I. Miller.  His occupation was repairman and he was 30 years in this business.  Employed at Price Business Equipment doing typewriter repairs.  He lived at 1920 So. McClelland Street, Santa Maria in Santa Barbara Co., CA.  He died at the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in the county of San Luis Opispo at 345 So. Halcyon Road, Arroyo Grande, CA.  His spouse Jean I. Boardman was living at 1920 So. McClelland St., Santa Maria, CA  93454.  He died of carcinoma of the Pancreas.  Death was not reported to the coroner but an autopsy was performed.  He was cremated on Oct. 2, 1979 at the name and address of the cemetery is Chapel of the Roses, Atascadero, CA.  Not embalmed.  The funeral director was Wood-Voakes Mortuary.

Source:  Certificate of Death, State of California Dept. of Health Services, #79-118471, Local Reg District 4000, Certificate #908.

2.  Robert R. Boardman, born about June 1917 in Canada, probably Vancouver, B.C. and died 14 August 2004, Las Vegas, Clark Co., Nevada.  He married 26 May 1938 in Pasadena, Los Angeles to a Ruth Williams.  They had at least one son named Jimmy.

He is also listed in the U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records 1938-1946 at Ancestry.com.

    • Robert R Boardman
    • Birth Year: 1917
    • Race: White citizen
    • Nativity State or Country:  British North America or Canada or Labrador or Newfoundland
    • State: California
    • County or City: Los Angeles
    • Enlistment Date: 28 Dec 1942
    • Enlistment State: California
    • Enlistment City: Los Angeles
    • Branch: Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
    • Branch Code: Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
    • Grade: Private
    • Grade Code: Private
    • Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law.
    • Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
    • Source: Civil
    • Life Education:3 years of high school
    • Civil Occupation: Gunsmith* (Armorer), Diesel Mechanic (Automobile mechanic, Diesel engine), Camera Repairman (still camera), Instrument Repairman, Nonelectrical (Instrument maker), Utility Repairman (Mechanic, general), Equipment Maintenance Man, Motion Picture equipment,
    • Marital Status: Married, Height:69, Weight:134

The 1940 U.S. Federal Census reveals that Robert is now the head of the family.

Martilla, line 77, 367, 206, R, 25, Boardman, Robert, Head, 0, M, W, 22, M, H3, 20, Canada English, 35 AL, Same place, No, X0V1, yes —- 1, 44, typewriter machines, [Restoit Type writer….] 336, 78, 1, 52, 935. Boardman, Ruth, wife, 1, F, W, 19, m, No, NV, 9, California, same place, No, X0V2, No, No, No, no, ?, 5
Boardman, William, father, 3, M, W, 53, m, No, H1, 9, California, Al, same place, No, XOV1, yes —–1, 57, druggest, drug store, V30, 70, 1, 52, 1700.

Source:  1940 U.S. Federal Census, Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California.  No farm in district, Ward #48AD, Block 7 & 8, [Lominda Park], SD#11, ED#19-538, Sht. #8-B, April 10, 1940, Grace May MacKnight enumerator.

As you can see, Robert and Ruth are living with William Boardman, Robert’s father but there is no mention of Alice his mother nor his brother William.

I tried to get a death record for my cousin Robert but Clark County Vital Records in Nevada turned me down because I was not close enough in the family lineage.  He is my cousin and I needed to be a direct family member.  I wanted to verify that it was him and his death certificate would have helped.

I did search the Social Security Death Index and that is how I found him.  I could order his application and pay the $27.00 to verify parentage:

Name: Robert R. Boardman SSN: _______ Last Residence: 89104 Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, United States of America Born: 14 Apr 1917 Died: 14 Aug 2004 State (Year) SSN issued: California (Before 1951 )

I also tried for an obituary notice from the newspaper at the local public library in Las Vegas but was again disappointed because they didn’t have anything on him.

The Pasadena Public Library to my amazement was able to find a short obit for the father William T. but nothing for great-grandmother Charlotte.  He did find an interesting article about Robert with a photograph:

A portion of the article with picture

Source:  Pasadena Newspaper, by Lu Spehr, News of Men in Service, Robert R. Boardman, June 23, 1945 page 9.

Except that he’s on a seven-day week and has a lot more work to do, the war hasn’t made as much of a change in Corp. Robert R. Boardman’s life as it has in most servicemen. At an Air Service Command base in England he’s repairing typewriters and adding machines the same as he was before the war when he worked for the J.A. Freeman Company here. Corporal Boardman entered service Jan. 4, 1943, and trained at Atlantic City, N.J. Drew Field Tampla, Fla., and Gulftport, Miss., before going overseas Oct. 18, 1943. He was one of the ground crew boys doing the essential but unheroic work, who recently was taken on a sight-seeing trip by air over Germany to view the remains his flying buddies had made of Naziland. He has had three furloughs since he has been in England, on one of which he toured Ireland, another Scotland, and the third England. He wears the Presidential Unit Citation ribbon awarded his group for an outstanding mission over Germany. Corporal Boardman was born in Canada 28 years ago and has lived in Pasadena 26 years. He is a graduate of Muir Tech High School and was married May 26, 1938, to Ruth Williams who with their 2.5 year old son, Jimmie, lives at 367 Martelo Avenue. Mrs. Williams two brothers Pfc. Raymond H. Williams and Charles Robert Williams, seaman 2nd class, also are in the service. They are sons of Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Williams 335 South Los Robles Avenue. Raymond entered service March 5, 1943 and trained at Camp Roberts…” the article stops here.

As I write these posts I contemplate all the research I still have to do and add to my To Do list, but that is the nature of genealogical research which needs time, attention, money and focus.  William and Alice’s family are still in need of more attention.  What is on the wish list, well, a picture of both of their son’s tombstones and the cemetery they are in would be nice.