LIMA — Nineteen ten was an eventful year for the man the Lima Daily News referred to as the “genial real estate” agent.
In January, for the then-considerable sum of $8,000, the genial agent, John M. Boose, bought the large brick house at 1028 W. Market St. in a much talked about real estate deal. Then, in July, the genial real estate man was charged with assault and battery and fined $300 after punching a city councilman he accused of slander.
The councilman, Thomas Collins, subsequently filed a suit for $10,000 damages claiming, according to the Nov. 19, 1910, edition of the Lima Daily News, that “he was permanently injured as a result of the attack, that he expended $56.57 for physician’s and nurse’s care, that clothing to the amount of $15 was ruined, while the remainder is asked as a balm for his physical injuries, which he claims are permanent.”
A jury eventually decided $3,000 was enough “balm” for Collins, but Boose contested the judgment all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court, where he lost. Collins, meanwhile, was not through getting punched in the face. In August 1911, his nose was bloodied during a confrontation on East Kibby Street with a man who claimed the councilman had insulted his wife.
As for the house on West Market Street, which had gone through a half dozen owners since it was built in 1880 by then county surveyor John Keith, it would remain in the Boose family for more than eight decades.
“Occupying a conspicuous place among the dependable real estate operators of Allen County, John M. Boose, senior member of the firm of John M. Boose & Son of Lima, is a man who fully justifies the high regard in which he is held, not only by the general public, but all with whom he is brought into contact (except, presumably, Collins),” William Rusler wrote in his 1921 county history. “He is a native son of Lima where he was born Aug. 31, 1865, a son of Rudolph and Adaline (Phillipi) Boose, of Swiss stock.”
Rudolph Boose came to Allen County from Pennsylvania, settling in Rockport, which at that time, according to Rusler, was the “larger and more important trading point,” adding that Rudolph Boose “settled there and conducted a general store.” He eventually moved to Lima and “in 1860 opened the first general store in the city in what was then the new Baxter Block and is now occupied by the new Crawford Shoe House,” Rusler wrote. Rudolph Boose died in 1871 while his wife, Adaline, survived until 1913, dying at the family home on West Market Street.
John Boose was graduated from Notre Dame and “later learned the fundamentals of business life in a business college,” according to Rusler. He took a job as a messenger with the Lima City Bank in 1882 and remained with that firm for 20 years before going into the real estate and insurance business in 1902 after “he suffered a breakdown in health,” the News wrote in April 1937.
“At that time, it was advised Boose seek an outdoor existence,” the newspaper added. “He promptly enjoyed a vigorous hunting and fishing program which started his career as an eminent sportsman and gentleman hunter.” The News in May 1936 opined that Boose “ranked in the days when quail was legal game as ‘northwestern Ohio’s greatest quail shot.’” He also was “an enthusiastic golfer” and an early member of Shawnee Country Club.
In 1929, John Boose and a handful of other Lima businessmen, judges and politicians visiting at Boose’s Indian Lake cottage at Turkey Foot formed an informal organization they called the Troubadors to poke fun at their problems and each other. “Although involved in the business of the city during the day, when gathering as the Troubadors, they were able to laugh about their problems with their friends,” the News wrote in 2008. The last known meeting of the Troubadors was in 1964.
In 1914, Boose, who had married Rowena Fountaine in 1892, took his son, Roger Boose, into business with him at his office in the Black Block on South Main Street just south of the Ottawa River.
One of five children born to John Boose and his wife, Roger Boose was one of three men drowned in a duck hunting accident at Indian Lake in November 1924. The trio had departed by boat from the Boose family cottage at Turkey Foot and were caught in “heavy waves on the restless lake” which capsized the boat, the News reported Nov. 11, 1924.
John Boose died in April 1937 at the age of 71. He was survived by his wife, Rowena, who died in 1944, a daughter named Gertrude Klingstedt, and his son and namesake, John Boose Jr.
John Boose Jr. was born in April 1906 in Lima and had gone into the family insurance business in 1925. He had married the former Pauline M. Morris and the couple moved into the family home at 1028 W. Market St. around 1936.
Like his father, John Boose Jr. was an avid sportsman, hunter and trap shooter. He also was a really, really good golfer, winning the city golf tournament six times during the late 1920s and early ‘30s. In August 1929, he set a course record for Lost Creek County Club when he carded a 68.
After his fourth consecutive city golf title in August 1933, the News declared him “king of amateur golfers,” adding, “With Boose constantly improving his game and with many more years of championship play ahead for him, further city championship tournaments would be mere excuses for heaping him with additional honors, of which he has had more than the average city champion’s share.” The newspaper then announced that the tournament would be expanded to include “all of the Lima trade territory.” In 1935, Boose’s win streak was snapped by an 18-year-old challenger named Harold Nutt.
John Boose Jr. died in December 1993 and was survived by his wife, who died in October 2002, and a son John M. Boose III. John Boose III, known as “Jack,” was born in October 1941. He was a 1959 graduate of Lima Senior High School and had served in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1962, he took over as owner of the family insurance business.
Not surprisingly, Jack Boose was an avid golfer, fisherman and trap shooter. In 1983, he shot a perfect 100 on the final day of the Grand American competition of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association in Vandalia.
Jack Boose died in December 2001. He was survived by his third wife, the former Corliss E. Philipps, and a daughter, Kristen.
In 2015, the old Boose family home at 1028 W. Market St. was converted into an event center known as Jameson Manor by Shannon and Andy Wannemacher. Since November 2019 it has been the home of the Lima Symphony Orchestra offices.
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