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BOYD, William Franklin
Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.
Pesented by Nancy Rayburn
II, page 227, 1923.
BOYD, WILLIAM FRANKLIN is one of the representative business men and progressive citizens
of Winter Haven, Polk County, where he is president and manager of the Winter Haven Water,
Ice & Light Company.
Mr. BOYD was born in Marshall County, Tennessee, on the 4th of March, 1872, and is a son
of L. B. and ROSINA (OLIVER) BOYD, the former of whom was born in Tennessee and the latter
in Texas. The paternal grandfather of the subject of this review was a pioneer settler
in Tennessee, where he acquired a large landed estate, including much of the present site
of the City of Nashville. He was a representative of a family of Irish lineage but early
founded in America. WILLIAM F. BOYD was the fifth in order of birth in a family of nine
children, and on the maternal side the ancestry traces back to Scotch origin.
Mr. BOYD was a lad of eleven years at the time his parents came to Florida and established
their residence in what is now the fine little City of Winter Haven, this having been one
of the first families to settle in the place. L. B. BOYD obtained in this immediate locality
a homestead of 160 acres, and set the same to orange trees. He developed one of the fine
citrus-fruit tracts of this section of the state, and on this fine homestead, on Lake Howard,
he continued to reside until his death, at the age of seventy-eight years. He was one of
the honored pioneers of the Winter Haven District, and one of the earliest real estate
transactions in his immediate locality was made when he sold forty acres of land for ten
dollars an acre. As indicative of the splendid progress of this section of this state it
may be noted that this same tract of land eventually brought when placed on the market at
auction sale about $16,000.
WILLIAM F. BOYD gained in Tennessee his rudimentary education, and after the family removal
to Florida he attended school in Polk County. He continued closely associated with the
development of his father's citrus enterprise until he was about twenty years of age. In
former years he made a record also as a contractor and builder, and in the operation of
dredges. In 1910 he became associated with his brother, THOMAS J., in founding the business
now controlled by the Winter Haven Water, Ice & Light Company, and after the death of the
brother he became the sole owner of the property and business, representing important
public utilities at Winter Haven. In 1914 the company was incorporated with a capital
stock of $15,000; in 1920 the capital was raised to $25,000; and in 1922 the capital
stock of this progressive corporation was raised to $50,000, Mr. BOYD being president
and general manager and holding about ninety-five per cent of the stock of the company.
Mr. BOYD takes marked satisfaction in knowing that he has been actively identified with
the development and wonderful progress of Winter Haven and Polk County, and his loyalty
to his home city and county is of the most insistent and appreciative order shown in civic
liberality and much public spirit. He is a stockholder in the Snell National Bank at
Winter Haven and is a director in the Winter Haven Building & Loan Association. He has
no desire for public office.
In December, 1910, Mr. BOYD wedded Miss CREOLA LAMERAUX, who was born at Shreveport,
Louisiana, of French descent. Mr. and Mrs. BOYD have no children.
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