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Rudolph Boysen

AKA Charles Rudolph Boysen

Born: 14-Jul-1895
Birthplace: Le Grand, CA
Died: 25-Nov-1950
Location of death: Anaheim, CA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Melrose Abbey Cemetery, Anaheim, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Botanist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Created the boysenberry

Military service: US Army (World War I)

Horticulturist Rudolph Boysen is remembered for his namesake fruit, the boysenberry, which he created in 1923 by grafting raspberries, blackberries, and loganberries. He was unable to interest farmers or merchants in cultivating or selling the sweet-sour berry until 1932, when Walter Knott purchased several vines of the fruit and began growing and eventually marketing boysenberries and boysenberry pie at his burgeoning Knott's Berry Farm roadside attraction. In addition to the fruit, Boysen is the namesake of a park in Anaheim, where he was Parks Superintendent for almost three decades, until his death in 1950.

Father: Bahone Boysen (farmer, b. circa 1860)
Mother: Carrie Helmar Boysen (b. 1870)
Sister: Gertrude (b. 1896)
Brother: Lawrence (b. 1899)
Sister: Muriel (b. 1901)
Brother: Leland (b. 1903)
Sister: Marjory (b. 1907)
Wife: Margaret Alice Brunton Boysen (b. 9-Nov-1892, m. 1930, d. 19-Dec-1970)
Son: Robert Matt Boysen (b. 5-Jan-1924, d. 7-Apr-1980)

    Anaheim Parks Superintendent (1921-50)
    Canadian Ancestry Maternal
    Danish Ancestry Paternal
    German Ancestry Paternal

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