Henry Beecher Boyd
Henry Beecher Boyd, son of Elizabeth and Josiah Philetus Boyd, was born in 1868, two miles west of Sarcoxie on the homestead of his pioneer family on land settled prior to the Civil War. He was married to Hattie Foster (Scott) Boyd.
Through the years, Boyd undertook several different enterprises. He was a stockholder in the Sarcoxie Furniture and Undertaking Company. At the turn of the century, he served Sarcoxie as mayor, 1898-1901. During his term as mayor, two bridges were constructed over Swifty. In 1914, he pushed for the county seat road between Carthage and Mt. Vernon to pass through the northern part of Sarcoxie. From 1907-1917, Boyd held an interest in the Sarcoxie Telephone plant and its equipment. He operated an electric franchise in 1915.