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Boyd Family

Frank W. Boyd Sr. graduated from Kansas State University and went to work in 1903 at the Phillips County Post in Phillipsburg.  In 1905 he married Mamie Alexander who proved to be a valuable colleague as well as a wife.  As with many newsmen Frank was heavily involved in community and professional activities even in his early years.  The Boyds sold the Post and bought the Phillips County Review in 1921.  Frank served as mayor of Phillipsburg for 14 years.  Community infrastructure increased markedly during his tenure.  He also served in governmental positions, including chairman of the State Board of Administration from 1939 to 1943.  He was actively involved in news organizations and was president of the Kansas Editorial Association.  Mamie received many awards for her work in press and Kansas State alumni activities.

The Boyd’s sons, McDill (Huck) Boyd and Frank (Bus) Boyd Jr. were also  newspaper men.  Huck took over the Phillips County Review in 1929 and, like his father, was heavily involved in community and professional activities.  He also became a power on the state level in politics.  Bus Boyd taught and coached for a while and then took over as editor of the Jewell County Record in Mankato.  Following the family tradition he was deeply involved in Kansas State alumni and professional activities as well as community efforts.  Third and fourth generation Boyds continued the family involvement in newspapers.

Entry: Boyd Family

Author: G. Joseph Pierron

Author information: Judge Pierron serves on the Kansas Court of Appeals and has an interest in Kansas history.

Date Created: March 2012

Date Modified: February 2013

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