My great grandfather, Frank Boadway, first began digging wells and crafting wooden pumps along Stouffville’s 9th Line way back in 1880. In 1912, Frank moved his work to Highway 7 in Unionville, where he purchased his first drilling machine. This period marked the end of an era where water well drilling replaced digging wells by hand.
In 1914, my grandfather, Charles Boadway, started the second family business in Sutton, where he also dug wells and manufactured wooden hand pumps.
The economic depression of the 1930s and early 40s made it a necessity to once again dig wells by hand. In 1943, my father, Frank Boadway, took over the business. He ran the business until 1966, when I, Roger Boadway, took over the well-drilling aspect of the business and he began manufacturing pumps in Stouffville.
From 1980 and on to the present day, our business has focused on water well drilling, as well as water pump sales and service. We also have our bookkeeper, Jennifer, who has become an integral and valued member of our team. For our family business, the future looks good! My son, Grant, and daughter, Lynor, currently play an active role in forming the company’s future, ensuring our family tradition will continue on through the 5th generation.
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Celebrating 100 Years in 2014 – Meet Our Team
Now in our 5th generation, our family-run operation began in Unionville a century ago. We have Lynor in the office with Grant working the drilling machine, descendants of their great great grandfather who was digging by hand when he started the business. We can’t forget Jen, who works in the office with her aunt—oh yes, she’s related as well.
And then we have our wonderful employees who we treat as if they are family as well. Brian has been here the longest; he takes care of our pump installation and service, along with our younger member, Chris, who is now picking up a lot of good experience and fast becoming one of our next pump technicians. We also have Larry and Ethan helping with the drilling and obtaining the next water supply.