June 3, 1897
The death of Boyd E. Furnas, which sad event occurred at his residence in Columbus, at 4 a. m., Wednesday, was a great shock to all who shared acquaintance with him. For some years he had not enjoyed good health, spending his winters in Florida, but his death was not expected by his immediate friends. Only this spring, he came home from the south improved in health, but a few days ago he was taken with a cold which developed into peritonitis which terminated his career. Boyd E. Furnas was the only son of the late Joseph Furnas, of Newton Township, where Boyd was born and raised. Early in life he was crippled by disease and thereafter was seldom free from pain, which he bore with fortitude and a smiling face. Possessed of artistic genius, he studied painting and produced many creditable portraits and landscapes, but later on he abandoned art for an active part in county and state politics. His merits secured rapid advancement and he served two terms as Auditor of Miami County, demonstrating his peculiar fitness for that important office. Near the close of his second term, he received the appointment of Chief Clerk in the Auditor of State's office, which position he was filling with his usual ability at the time of his death. Of his immediate family he leaves a wife, nee Ida Morrill, and one son, to mourn the loss of a devoted husband and father. Boyd Furnas had many excellent qualities of head and heart that endeared him to a host of friends. His personal character was attractive and his nature genial. He had a comprehensive grasp of the leading questions of the day and enjoyed the respect and admiration of many prominent statesmen of the time, President McKinley being his warm admirer and personal friend. In office he was painstaking, a most excellent statistician and accurate in details. He will be mourned by all who knew him, both in official and private circles and his memory will be a precious heritage to his friends. He was about forty-eight years of age, having reached the prime of life when he could look forward to many years of happiness and usefulness, but today all that remains are the memories he leaves to those who knew him best and loved him most.
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