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M. Boord & Co.

Source: Beckwith, H. W. History of Fountain County, Indiana, Chicago: HH Hill, 1881 p 162

Among the most prosperous firms of Covington is the furniture establishment of M. Boord & Co. The success of the firm is almost wholey due to the efforts of the party named in this sketch. Fremont, known as Mont Boord is the oldest of the nine children of Oliver and Catherine W. (Ludlow) Boord. His father is a native of Van Buren township Fountain county Indiana, and his mother of Ohio. Oliver Boord served faithfully his country in the dark hour of the Civil War, as an officer and since that hour of gloom gave place to his country’s happiness, he engaged in the Hardware business. Mont the special subject of these notes was born in VanBuren township Fountain County Indiana, November 14 1857, and came with his parents to Covington in the fall of 1866. He attended school what he could, and early stood behind his father’s counter, thus acquiring practical business knowledge. In 1876 he was engaged as clerk in the store of Whitney Prescott, and continued in the same store as it came into the possession of J.J. Clayton, then T.H. McGeorge, till June 1 1879. He soon became associated with his Uncle Samuel Boord, on the condition that he should take charge of the business while his uncle should furnish the capital. July 8 following, he made his first trip to Chicago, for goods, and he was soon one of the merchants of Covington. He began business with a stock of about $1200. In September 1880 the firm purchased the stock of T.W. McClure and also occupied his room as well as their former building. Their business has increased so that they now carry a stock including undertaker’s supplies of about $5000. They also have a branch store at Coal Creek. Mr. Boord is connected with the lodges of K. of P. and the I.O.O.F. and is an industrious business man, deserving of patronage -- typed by : kbz

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