Bellevue Biography: Francis and Elizabeth Boddy | Heritage Corner

Men display produce in front of the Boddy Greenhouses, 1905.  - COURTESY PHOTO, Eastside Heritage Center
Men display produce in front of the Boddy Greenhouses, 1905.
— image credit: COURTESY PHOTO, Eastside Heritage Center


Francis and Elizabeth Boddy emigrated from England, and settled in Washington territory in the early 1890s.

In 1900, the couple settled in the Hunts Point area, at Northeast 24th Street and 84th Avenue Northeast, with four sons, Samuel, Albert, John and Frederick. They ran a family dairy, as well as the Boddy Brothers Greenhouses, and also operated a sawmill.

The greenhouses grew tomatoes and cucumbers that were shipped to Alaska. The Boddy Brothers Greenhouses eventually passed on to the Yabuki family. Their son, Albert Boddy (1874-1959) married Helen Thode Helen and was the first white child born in the newly formed community of Bellevue. In 1926 Albert and Helen purchased the land where the first Baptist Church of Bellevue had been, at 100th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 10th Street.


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