Tombstone Tuesday – March 3, 2020 – Glenn Harold Boyer


Glenn Harold Boyer was born on June 12, 1896 in Thetford Township, Michigan. He was the son of Austin Levi and Mary Florence (White) Boyer. Austin and Mary had four children; Mae Eveleen (1883), Henry (1887), Glenn (1896), Austin (1905).

In the 1900 Federal Census, Glenn was three years old and is found with his parents and two older siblings, Mae and Henry. His father, Austin, was a farmer in Thetford Township, Genesee County, Michigan. In 1901, Glenn’s older brother Henry died due to an appendix rupture at the age of thirteen. In the 1910 Federal Census, Glenn is found with his Mother, Mary Florence and his younger brother Austin Rex. Glenn’s father had died in in 1908 and Mary Florence has listed her occupation as a Florist and Gardener. She and her husband had a flower shop and grew flowers in green houses in Clio, Michigan.

On February 9, 1918, Glenn is a Private in the Army when he ships out to France with Company E, 125th Infantry leaving out of Hoboken, New Jersey. By the time of his return, he is a corporal in the Army, Company C ,107th Supply Train, 32nd Division. He is honorably discharged on May 18, 1919. According to the US Army Transport Service documents, Glenn H Boyer left Brest, France on May 7, 1919 bound for Newport News Virginia. He lists Mary F. Boyer at 126 McClellan St. , Flint, Michigan as his emergency contact. He arrives and is discharged eleven days later.

The Federal Census for 1920 was recorded on the 8th of January, 1920. Glenn is living with his mother, Mary F who lived on Baker Street in Flint with two of her granddaughters, Lillian and Florence,  and several boarders. Glenn is twenty three years old and worked for the Auto Industry as a tool maker. He has been home from the Army for about seven months.

Six months later, Glenn Harold Boyer married Elizabeth Margaret Klier on July 4, 1920 in Detroit, Michigan.


Glenn Harold and Elizabeth Boyer

Glenn and Elizabeth had five children; Glenn H. (1920), Kenneth C. (1924), Dorothy Elizabeth (1927-1927), Ralph Austin (1928), Keith C. (1930).

In the 1930 Federal Census, Glenn and his wife Elizabeth live in Flint on Grace Lawn Avenue. They have four sons living with them ; Glenn, Kenneth, Ralph and Keith. Glenn is a mechanic and works for Buick. By the time of the 1940 Federal Census, Glenn and Elizabeth remain on East Grace Lawn Ave and all four sons are still living at home with their parents. Glenn is a machine operator at Buick.  Elizabeth’s  nephew, Walter Klier, also lives with Boyer family. He is 22 years of age.

In 1945, after 29 years of working for Buick, Glenn went to work as a supervisor for the Michigan School for the Deaf where he worked until his death in 1962, according to his Obit.


Fifty eight years ago today, Glenn Harold died in Flint. He is buried in Grace Lawn Cemetery.


Rest in Peace, Glenn!

Love, Jan

Glenn is my 2nd Great Uncle.


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