A lover of nature who has created a beautiful home place on Azule Creek, Saratoga district of Santa Clara County, is Rev. Benjamin V. Bazata. He was born near Prague, Bohemia, September 28, 1867. His father, Francis Bazata, was a graduate of the gymnasium, became a literary man and scholar and there he married Antoinette Kletzau. and they had four children, born in that country. In 1870 he brought his family to Greenpoint, N. Y., and in time became a successful merchant in New York City until he retired. He has passed away, being survived by his widow, aged eighty years. Of their seven children, Benjamin V. Bazata is the fourth oldest. The scene of his first recollections is of Brooklyn, N. Y., where he attended the public schools. Later he entered Bloomfield Academy, where he was prepared for college, entering the College of the City of New York. Having chosen the ministry as his profession he quit the college in his junior year and entered the Union Theological Seminary in the same city, continuing his studies for two years, when he took up college settlement work. In 1895 he came to California and completed his theological course at the San Francisco Theological Seminary at San Anselmo, where he was graduated in 1896 with the Bachelor of Theology degree. Having accepted a call to Alhambra, he was there ordained in 1897 in the Los
Angeles Presbytery, and he was pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Alhambra for eight years. In 1905 he was married in Alhambra to Miss Minnie H. Bailey, who was born in Maui, H. I., a daughter of William and Anna (Hobson) Bailey, natives of Hawaii and Connecticut, respectively. Her grandfather, William H. Bailey, went to the Hawaiian Islands in 1832 as a missionary for the Congregational Church and spent the most of his life there. Grandfather Hobson was master of his own vesseL In 1848 he established the Inter-Island Steamship Company, and built the first railroad in the Islands.

Rev. Benjamin V. Bazata was called to the Congregational Church in Maui and there he spent two and a half years when he resigned to become pastor of the Congregational Church in Burlingame, remaining for three and a half years, when he resigned to devote his time to the improvement of his sixty-seven acre ranch he had purchased on the Pierce Road in the Saratoga district, and here he built a residence of Italian architecture.

Rev. and Mrs. Bazata have one child, Anna Elizabeth, attending Palo Alto high school. Mr. Bazata was made a Mason in Alhambra Lodge No. 126, F. &. A. M., and now a member of Burlingame Lodge of Masons. He is a member and president of the board of trustees of the Saratoga grammar school district. He is a member of the Santa Clara Council of the Congregational Church. He belongs to the California Prune & Apricot Association and politically he is a Republican.

Transcribed cferoben, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1290