Orr J. Boyer. In the years to come when the pioneer activities in Beaver County are thrown into a stronger relief, the name of O. J. Boyer will be recalled for its early associations with the settlement and development of that county, and particularly with the business and civic life of the Town of LaKemp. In 1915 at the first election after the incorporation of that town, he was chosen treasurer.
He came with his parents to Beaver County in 1906 and located on a claim of Government land one mile west of the present Town of LaKemp. O. J. Boyer was born on a farm in Van Buren County, Iowa, January 11, 1884, a son of Benjamin O. and Martha E. (Fine) Boyer. His father, who was born in Ohio May 22, 1854, has spent his active career as a farmer and on coming to Oklahoma in 1905 also proved up a claim of Government land in Beaver County. In 1883 he married Miss Martha E. Fine, who was born in Missouri April 27, 1862, a daughter of Doctor Fine, also a native of that state. To their union were born four children, two sons and two daughters, as follows: Orr J.; Dorr, who was born September 10, 1886, and is now a farmer in Beaver County, married in 1911 Eva Fogel, a native of Illinois, and their one child is Verlin Elmer; Beulah, born December 5, 1890, was married in 1908 to Oliver B. Hummer, a native of McLouth, Kansas, and their children are Goldie and Emmett; Gladys Elizabeth, who was born April 20, 1905.
Orr J. Boyer was reared and educated in Iowa, attending the public schools at Farmington. He had a practical training on his father’s farm, and was ready to make an independent career when he came to Oklahoma in 1905. After proving up his claim in Beaver County he applied himself to business affairs as manager in 1911 of a lumber yard at LaKemp conducted by the York-Key Lumber Corporation. He had charge of this yard until it was closed on July 1, 1913. He then entered the LaKemp State Bank, as bookkeeper, and was assistant cashier when he severed his active connection with the institution, though he is still a director. Mr. Boyer is now at the head of a prosperous business handling real estate, farm loans and insurance.
Politically he is a democrat, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. In February, 1910, at Farmington, Iowa, he married Miss Ida Spurgeon, a daughter of Samuel and Matilda Spurgeon. Mrs. Boyer was born at Bonaparte, Iowa, March 29, 1881. They are the parents of two children: Charles Arthur, born at LaKemp, Oklahoma, August 19, 1911; and Blanche Elizabeth, born December 6, 1912, at LaKemp.