Arthur D. Boice, biography c. 1926
[New Encyclopedia of Texas]
  Source: Davis, Ellis A. and Edwin H. Grobe, eds. New Encyclopedia of Texas. Dallas, Tex. Texas Development Bureau, 1926. Vol. II, p. 1566-1569.

ARTHUR D. BOICE of Houston, Texas, is well known in the financial and commercial circles of this city where he has since 1917 been actively engaged in the building and development industries. Mr. Boice is the president of the Hearthstone Company, Inc., designers and builders of homes, which was organized here in 1921. This organization has built many of the beautiful and palatial homes of Houston, which will ever remain as monuments to their skill as builders. All architectural work, together with plans, also the contracting end of the business, is worked out and carried to completion in the offices here. The Hearthstone Company, Inc., owns and operates its own lumber yard, supplying all classes of building materials. It also owns the property where the plant and offices are located at Clay Avenue and Paige Street. This company employs an average of fifteen people in the operation of their business. The company owns the Cotswold Court. This addition is unique in that it is the only one of the entire state to be restricted to English style of architecture in its homes. The Hearthstone Company is also the agent for several Nationally-advertised home conveniences, numbered among which is the Donley Bros. Company, whose products are fine fire-place equipment and the Richard Wilcox Company, manufacturers of airway windows and hardware. Other officers of this company are: J. T. Wamble, vice president, and C. R. Wamble, secretary and treasurer.

A native Texan, Mr. Boice was born at Jefferson on September 4th, 1887. His father, D. E. Boice (deceased), was a native of Illinois as was also his mother, Mrs. Minnie (Armstrong) Boice. His early education was obtained in the schools of the Lone Star State after which he attended school at Lawrenceville, New Jersey, later becoming a student of Princeton University. After leaving college, Mr. Boice immediately entered the lumber industry of Texas, soon thereafter organizing the Houston Ship Building Company, building ships for the United States government. He continued in the ship building business until the organization of his present building business.
Mr. Boice was married at Denison, Texas, on April 11th, 1912, to Miss Mary Van Every Platter, a daughter of Frank Platter, a native of Missouri. They have three children: David, Edward Henry, and Arthur D. Boice, Jr., all of whom are at home with parents. Mr. and Mrs. Boice reside at 5401 Crawford Street. Mr. Boice is a member of the A. F. and A. M., the University Club, the Houston Country Club and Christ Church.

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