The Valley of Heart's Delight

MILTON A. BOULWARE -Santa Clara County Pioneer

   The advanced and eminently satisfactory state of the undertaker's profession in California today is undoubtedly due to such far-seeing, idealistic and progressive men as Milton A. Boulware, the secretary of the San Jose Undertaking Company, who was born in Little Calaveras Valley, Santa Clara County, on Washington's birthday, 1856.  His father, John Wesley Boulware, a farmer in Missouri, married Miss Louisa Rebecca Lewis, and together they crossed the wide prairies in 1849, settling at first in Little Calaveras Valley.  In 1860, they removed to Palo Alto; and there they continued to live until they died, aged about sixty-four years.  They had seven children, and Milton was the second of the family.  He attended the public schools in Santa Clara County, and then took a course in the business college; and when he was ready to do for himself, he sold merchandise in the General Farmers' Union.  Next, for a number of years, he was bookkeeper for T. W. Hobson & Company, and after that, also for a number of years, bookkeeper and cashier for the Rucker Bros. Furniture Company.  When he left that firm, it was to assist J. E. Rucker for a couple of years in the real estate field.  In 1900 he joined the staff of the San Jose Undertaking Company, and he has been here ever since.

   On December 24, 1878, Mr. Boulware was married at San Jose to Miss Mary Elizabeth Rucker, the daughter of Joseph E. Rucker, a well-known pioneer realty man, and their union has been blessed with the birth of twin daughters.  Helen K. is the wife of Grover C. Emmons, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Susie W., now Mrs. J. R. Conner, whose son, Douglas Conner, is the first grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. Boulware.  The family attend St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church; and Mr. Boulware is a member of the Royal Arch and Knights Templar Masons, and for thiry-two years was secretary of San Jose Lodge No. 10, F. & A. M.  He also belongs to the Elks, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Eastern Star and the Order of Amaranth.  In national politics a Republican, Mr. Boulware, who is also fond of ranch and out-door life, finds his greatest pleasure in promoting, in a non-partisan manner, whatever is to the best interests of the community.

Transcribed by Joseph Kral, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 341


SANTA CLARA COUNTY-The Valley of Heart's Delight