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Truman Boling, Master Builder


In the 1950s and 1960s noted architect E. Fay Jones and Bentonville builder Truman Boling partnered on three houses in Bentonville.  A private Northwest Arkansas home, the Enfield home, and the Applegate home were the results of Jones' creativity and Boling's skill.  Two of these houses received national attention for their distinctly modern style and unusual features.  As Jones once said, “Real beauty grows out of its conditions.  It’s not something you do as an end in itself.”  His philosophy focused on creating harmony between the needs of the individual family and the natural environment of the building site.  It took master builders such as Truman Boling to make these ideas a reality.  Mr. Boling is pictured at right in the late 1990s.


Master builder Truman Boling (1919-2006) was born in Bentonville and was content to never leave.  Building is part of the Boling family heritage and Truman learned craftsmanship at a young age by working with his father, R.D. Boling.  His grandfather, Charles Boling, was also known as an excellent carpenter.  A 1937 graduate of Bentonville High School, Boling was active in athletics and as an adult, coached youth sports leagues.  During World War II Truman served in the United States Marines in an engineering unit.  He had married Lorene Mason in 1939 and while away from home during the war his young family was never far from mind.  He spent much of his free time drawing plans for a new house that he wanted to build for Lorene when he returned.  After the war he built their dream home, where they raised their three children together.


These strong family ties and love of community gave Truman the values and skills needed to help build some of the most beautiful and well-crafted homes and public buildings in Bentonville, including the famous Applegate House.  In the early 1950s R.D. and Truman Boling built the Gordon Knott House, one of the most modern homes in Bentonville at that time.  The Bolings considered Mr. Knott very pleasant to build for and worked with him on other occasions.  Knott used the best of materials in his projects and loved to observe them being used.  He once remarked, “I’m not sitting here watching you to be critical.  I just love to see you work.”  Later, Truman would be introduced to Fay Jones and they collaborated on several homes.  After working on these homes together, Jones encouraged Truman to move to Fayetteville so they could work more closely together on projects, but he valued his time for hunting and fishing and Bentonville was his home, so he didn’t move.  He loved to be a part of the close-knit community and served as volunteer fire chief and on the city council.  During this time, his son Mike worked closely with him and also became one of the most respected builders in Bentonville, carrying on the family tradition.


You can learn more about Truman Boling from our Community Exhibit, Master Architect, Master Builder: Fay Jones and Truman Boling.  The community exhibit schedule is listed on the “Community Exhibit” page of the museum’s website.


More Photos of the Month

Rogers Academy Class of 1896
Applegate Family
Bingham, George H.
John Black and Hugh “Tater” Black
Blackburn, J.A.C.
Blaylock, Sarah
Carter, C. Jimmie
Clarke, A.O.
Curry, Dr. William Jasper
Decker, Charles
Felker, William R.
Ford, Edsel
Funk, Erwin
Harvey, Coin
Hawkins, Harold and Frank Jr.
Hill, Fred
Jacobs, Thomas
Keck, Jack
Key, Vera
Kirksey, Birch
Lingle, Greer
Lockhart, Tracy
McNeil, Tom
Means, Joe
Morgan, Tom
Morsani, Al
Myler, John
The Sagers
Sikes, J. Wade

J.L. Shinpaugh, Rogers City Marshal
Steele, John Bell and Mary Van Winkle
Thaden, Louise
Rice, Dr. Rufus S.
Rogers, Betty Blake
Rogers, C.W.
Rogers Dough Boys
Rogers, Will

Tribble, Letsie
Truman Boling, Master Builder

Vick Will

Beaver Dam
Beaver Lake
Butterfield Trail
Camp Joyzelle
Confederate Monument
Coin Harvey’s Spring Lake and Falls
Lake Atalanta
Monte Ne
Old Highway 12 Bridge
Park Springs Park
War Eagle
The Amphitheater at Monte Ne
Silica Mining
Frisco Tunnel at Winslow
Wonderland Cave in Bella Vista
The Ozark Bluff Dwellers
Fisherman's Camp
Kruse's Gold Mine
Highway 71
Hanging Tree


The Apple Industry
Callahan's Station
Cattle Ranching
Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Daisy Manufacturing
Decker Motor Co.
Dyke Lumber Co.
Hailey Motor Co.
House of Webster
McNeil Chevrolet
Poultry Industry
Pressing Sorghum Cane
Rogers Champion
Rogers Hardware Co.
Rogers Transfer & Storage
Suzie-Q Malt Shop


Rogers Academy
Rogers High School
Sunnyside Elementary School

The Applegate house
112 South First Street
Bank Of Rogers Building
Benton County Jail
B.F. Sikes Log Cabin
Central Methodist Episcopal Church
J.B. Steele House, 303 South First Street
Juhre Building (1894)
Golden Rule Building (circa 1894)
Lane Hotel
Love's Sanitarium
Mutual Aid Union Building
Palace of the Ozarks
Rogers City Hall
Rogers City Jail
Rogers Milling Company
Rogers Opera House
Rogers Post Office
Rogers Wholesale Grocery Company
The Key Wing
The Stroud Building (1899)
The Victory Theater
James and Sally McDaniel Home

The Stroud Home
The Tribble House
The Rocky Branch School

206th C.A. A.A
Home Demonstration Club
Rogers First Elks Lodge
Rogers Garden Club
Women's Study Club/Mas Luz Club
Benton County Possum Hunters
Rogers High School Football Team 1921
Rogers High School Marching Band 1942
936th Field Artillery Battalion in the Korean War
1960's Rogers High School Spirit
Arkansas State Guard in WWII


Apple Blossom Festivals
Benton County Fair
Bolin Murder Inquest 
Ozark Golden Jubilee
Rogers Centennial Posse
Rogers Diamond Jubilee (1956)
Santa's Rocket Sleigh
The Arrival of Santa Claus (1945)
The Brightwater Train Wreck (1907)
The Great Car Skate on Lake Atalanta (1940)
Thanksgiving (1904)
The Last Reunion of Pea Ridge Veterans


Chemical Engine
Christmas Memories
Frisco Railroad
Mining in Northwest Arkansas
Natural Resources
Rogers' Congregational Church
Rogers Fire Department
Rogers Police Cars
St. Mary's Hospital
Tobacco and Benton County
Still Busting near Bentonville
John Boat
Tall Tree Tales

Civil Defense in the 1960's
Early Cars
Rogers Yuletide
Brick Streets
Rural Road Work



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