The Valley of Heart's Delight

(see bio published 1881)

BIO- Pen Pictures, Benjamin T. Bubb, page 237

Benjamin T. Bubb (deceased) was born in Washington County, Mo., February 15, 1838, son of William and Mary Ann Bubb. Benjamin was reared on a farm and when twelve years of age came with his parents to California. March 12, 1850, the family started across the plains from Missouri with an ox team also bringing with them a number of cattle, some of which were brought safely through and some were lost on the way. The family consisted of William Bubb, his wife, and eight children. They went into the mining district at Fremont on the Sacramento River, arriving there on the twenty-fifth of August, 1850, where they kept a boarding-house.

In March, 1851, they moved to Downieville, Sierra County, where they carried on the same business. In October of that year they came to Santa Clara County, and after stopping a few days in Santa Clara, proceeded to Fremont Township, where William Bubb bought a farm of eighty acres, and resided there until his death, June 11, 1864. He was born May 14, 1788. His wife died October 21,1879. There are six children living: John Bubb*, residing in the Lincoln School District, this county; Mrs. Sarah Brimhall, of Los Angeles, California; Mrs. Rebecca Bailey, residing near Santa Clara; Mrs. McCubbin, living near Alviso; Mrs. Olive Shore, of this township; and Mrs. Mary A. McDonald, of San Jose. Benjamin T. Bubb attended the public schools of this district, in his boyhood days, besides doing farm work. He was a man well posted upon different subjects, was a great reader, and had a faculty of retaining what he had read.

After the death of his father he remained on the home place for a short time with his mother, who afterward made her home with him until her death. In 1864 Mr. Bubb located on his ranch of one hundred and sixty-eight acres, where he lived until his death, February 23, 1888. He was united in marriage June 28, 1871, with Sarah J. Smith, by whom he had seven children, viz.: Charles R., born June 3, 1872; William F., February 8, 1874; Alice G., January 21, 1876; George R., October 30, 1877; Benjamin C., March 30, 1881; Ernest M., January 7, 1883; John, January 6, 1887. Mrs. Bubb was born in Washington County, Missouri, and came to California about the eighth of October, 1870. Mr. Bubb was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, of Mountain View, having connected himself with that organization seventeen years ago, and was an Elder in the church at the time of his death. His parents were Baptists and reared their children in that faith, but there being no church of that denomination here at that time he joined the Presbyterians.

About four years before his death he became a member of the A. O. U. W. of Mountain View. Mr Bubb was a Democrat and took quite an active part in the political matters of the township, many times acting as judge of the polls during the elections. He was a man of enterprise and public spirit, and took an active interest in the advancement of this county. His death caused universal regret throughout the community in which he had lived. In his family he was kind and affectionate; as a member of the church he was faithful, active, and liberal. He had none of that littleness which sets up individual opinion as the standard for all the world, but walked himself with God, content that other men should enjoy the same liberty he himself possessed.

SOURCE:  Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H.S. Foote.- Chicago:  The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.Transcribed by Carol Lackey- page 237

*John P. Bubb- married Jeannet Crowell, Nov. 10, 1870- Vol B, Page 594, Marriage Id 4877 Santa Clara County

Paper: San Jose Mercury News (CA)
Date: July 2, 1993

Arthur Ammen Bubb, who spent most of his working years educating young people, was the grandson of a man who came to California in 1849 and became a well-known Cupertino orchardist and vintner.

Mr. Bubb died Sunday in a San Jose hospital of pneumonia and other complications from a stroke suffered June 22.

He was born 86 years ago on the family homestead, Seven Springs Ranch, in Cupertino. A new housing development of the same name today lies southwest of the end of Bubb Road, named after John P. Bubb, Mr. Bubb's grandfather.

John Bubb and George Hearst, father of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, were close friends in Missouri before both came to California, said Mr. Bubb's granddaughter, Laura Wilson of San Jose. When George Hearst was down on his luck and finances, John Bubb and his brother, Will, provided him the grubstake that enabled him to build a fortune in silver mining, she said.

John Bubb's father, William, once was married to Martha Kelsey, who was the first white child to settle in California as a member of the Bidwell party, which preceded the ill-fated Donner party over the Sierra Nevada. After Kelsey's death, William Bubb left their home near Kelseyville and homesteaded property now occupied by El Camino Hospital in Mountain View.

Mr. Bubb attended Hester Grammar School in San Jose, Santa Clara High School and San Jose State College. After spending several years in the San Joaquin Valley, Mr. Bubb was recruited by Emil Buchser, superintendent of the Santa Clara Unified School District, to return. He became principal of Santa Clara Intermediate School and later, for 25 years, was principal at C.W. Haman Elementary School in the Santa Clara district.

He was active in the Masonic lodge in Mountain View, the Retired Teachers Association, SIRS and the Cupertino Historical Society.

In his 20s and 30s, Mr. Bubb enjoyed hiking the John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park and hiking and camping in the Sierra with friends and with his wife, Emma, to whom he was married 57 years, said his son, Arthur Bubb of Ben Lomond.

Mr. Bubb was a horseman, and he kept horses near his home during most of his life, his son said. He was a founding member of the Los Altos Junior Horsemen's Association.

He also enjoyed cultivating fruit trees on the family ranch and had a great interest in woodworking, his son said. As a scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts, Mr. Bubb showed his young charges how to make their own bows and arrows from scratch.

''He was a friend to everyone and a ready listener," his son said. "He offered kindness and assistance to all he encountered and is sure to be remembered as a gentle, kind and fair man."

(box)Born: Sept. 30, 1906, Cupertino, Calif. (box)Died: June 27, 1993, San Jose, Calif. (box)Survived by: Wife, Emma M. Bubb of San Jose; daughter, Elizabeth Wilson of San Jose; son, Arthur Bubb of Ben Lomond, and seven grandchildren. (box)Services: Memorial at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel of the Oaks, Oak Hill Funeral Home, 300 Curtner Ave., San Jose. (box)Memorial: Contributions can be made to the Children's Home Society, Golden Gate Chapter, 3200 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, Calif. 94609-3077.


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