An enterprising business man of the younger generation is found in Milo Ray Priest, the genial and prosperous proprietor of an electric shop in Saratoga. He was born in Harbor Springs, Mich., August 29, 1899, a son of W. A. and Lydia (Stutsman) Priest. His family removed to California during the year of 1906 and locating at Saratoga, the father engaged in his trade of carpentry and building. Both parents are still living.

Milo Ray began his education in the public schools of his district and then took a commercial course at Heald's Business College in San Jose; later entered Herrold's Electrical School in San Jose, when he was graduated in the spring of 1917, when he immediately enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served throughout the war as a wireless operator, and was honorably discharged in 1919, after a service of twenty-nine months. He then spent one year as wireless operator in the Merchant Marine and made a trip around the world. Soon after his return he opened the present business, his shop being well equipped with a full line of electrical supplies. He travels all over the county doing contracting work in his line. His business is steadily growing and his electrical establishment is patronized and appreciated by the citizens of Saratoga and surrounding country and Mr. Priest is winning a place for himself as a substantial and influential citizen.

In Saratoga, in 1922, Mr. Priest was married to Miss Mary Ruch, born in Nebraska but reared and educated at Saratoga. Mr. Priest is a member of the Saratoga Improvement Association, also the Odd Fellows. He is an enthusiast for the great outdoors and when his business will permit, spends what time he can in the mountains and at the seashore. He is deserving of whatever success has come to him, and it is the wish of all who know him that he may continue to advance in prosperity and usefulness and the good will of his many friends.

Transcribed by Joseph  Kral, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1528


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