The Darby Creek Association honors the efforts of Kay Boggs

Kay Boggs was a past president of the Darby Creek Association and a great supporter for the preservation of of Big and Little Darby Creeks.  Due to the efforts of Kay and other friends of the Darbys, we can still enjoy one of Ohio's great natural features.

Please see the history of the efforts to save the Big and Little Darby Creeks.  Kay participated in many of the events described and leaves a much-appreciated legacy for future generations.

KAY BOGGS | 1921-2008
Woman helped preserve region
Boggs started fight in 1970s that led to protections for Big, Little Darby
Friday, June 6, 2008 3:12 AM
By Mark Ferenchik

If you go to the Darby Creek Association's Web site, you'll read a history of the battle to protect the Big and Little Darby creeks that ultimately led to their designation as federal- and state-protected scenic rivers.

Kay Boggs compiled that history. A tireless advocate for the creeks, she helped lead the grass-roots fight from the beginning.

Part of her legacy is what the Darby creeks have continued to be, a peaceful retreat on the outskirts of a burgeoning metropolitan area.

Boggs, a former Darby Creek Association president, died Monday at First Community Village. She was 86.

"Kay was the real hero of the Darby," said the Darby Creek Association's John Tetzloff. "If it weren't for her, I don't think we'd have anything like we have now with a healthy stream. We'd have a reservoir."

In the 1970s, the city wanted to build a dam and reservoir on the Big Darby north of I-70.

Boggs, who at the time lived on Amity Road near the creek, collected petitions in 1976 opposing the plan.

"What they want to do would ruin this part of the county," she said at the time.

"She was right at the forefront," said Carol Boggs, a daughter who lives in Silver Spring, Md.

The city said it was the last practical place in the metro area for building a reservoir to serve the growing city.

A court order halted those plans, and the city finally dropped the idea in 1992.

Tetzloff said he has seen plans showing a marina, houses and new roads if the reservoir had been built.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also dropped plans to build a flood-control dam on the creek in the 1970s.

The state designated the Big and Little Darby creeks as scenic rivers in 1984. Ten years later, they were designated national scenic rivers.

Those measures give officials the power to reject federal and state highway and construction projects for the creeks.

The Darby Creek Association Web site says Boggs was instrumental in mobilizing residents to prevent planners and developers from ruining "a precious and irreplaceable national treasure."

Visiting hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. today, with the funeral at 7 p.m., at the Tidd Funeral Home in Hilliard. Boggs will be buried Saturday in her hometown of Wellston in southeastern Ohio.

To read about the history of the Darby Creek Association that Boggs compiled, go to

Katheryn Frances (Kay) Boggs

BOGGS Katheryn (Kay) Frances Boggs, age 86, of Columbus, died Monday, June 2, 2008, at First Community Village in Columbus, OH. Preceded in death by her husband Londie, her parents, brother and sister-in-law James (Jiggs) and Patty Smith, step-sons Herbert Dale Boggs and Alan Frederick (Freddie) Boggs. She was born August 27, 1921, in Wellston, OH, to parents J. Franklyn and Katherine Smith. She married Londie Dennis Boggs on April 1, 1945. She is survived by children, Carol Boggs of Silver Spring, MD, Linda (John) Bozzelli of Midland, MI, and Keith (Bev) Boggs of Columbus, OH; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Christopher Bozzelli, Meghan Scott, Maylyn (Paul) Schneider, and Trevor Boggs; brothers and sisters-in-law, Theodore (Ted) and Mary Jane Smith of Columbus, OH, Lawrence and LaRue Smith of Circleville, OH; along with several nieces and nephews. Katheryn will be remembered as an active volunteer in Girl Scouts for more than 15 years and worked along with husband, Londie caring for Camp Ken-Jockety. She was an active member of the Darby Creek Association, Rivers Unlimited, and The Nature Conservancy. Her untiring efforts were instrumental in saving Big and Little Darby Creeks as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Preservation Act of 1968. Visitation will be held Friday, June 6 from 4-7 p.m. with funeral service at 7 p.m. at THE TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 5265 Norwich St., Hilliard. Interment 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7 at Ridgewood Cemetery, Wellston, OH. Sign the online guestbook at

Published in The Columbus Dispatch from 6/4/2008 - 6/5/2008.
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