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Minnie Grace Boone Ingersoll


by Geraldine F. Ingersoll

My grandmother, Minnie Grace Boone Ingersoll (2x great granddaughter of Daniel Boone, the pioneer), was born December 18, 1882, in Caldwell, Idaho. She was a daughter of Theodore Warner and Martha  Alice Thompson Boone, was an identical twin and one of eleven children. She graduated from the College of Idaho Academy (a 2-4 year preparatory school), in Caldwell, in 1901 and taught in the Caldwell, Idaho and the Dillon, Montana public schools.

Minnie also taught in Indian Mission Schools in Mexican border towns of Arizona and New Mexico. She was teaching school in El Paso, Texas when she met and married Guy Earl Ingersoll, a soldier stationed at Fort Bliss. Minnie was eleven years Guy’s senior….We don’t think he knew it.

On September 17, 1919, Minnie and Guy had a son, Willard Bowman Ingersoll, whom Guy named for his father. By 1924, Minnie had left Guy and moved with her son to the Los Angeles, California area where at least one of her sisters, her twin May, was living.

In 1940 Minnie’s son, Willard, married Helen B. True. In September of 1941 Minnie’s granddaughter, Geraldine Frances was born. By 1945 Willard and Helen were divorced. Helen soon remarried and moved out of state with Geraldine. Minnie never saw her granddaughter again. Willard remarried and had two sons, Gary Clark and William Robert. Minnie never remarried. She reared her son, earned a masters degree in education and taught in the Los Angeles Public Schools until about 1950, when she retired. Minnie died May 19,1966, leaving one son, one granddaughter, two grandsons and one great grandson.