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 Hosea B. Eastman

Hosea B. Eastman

New Hampshire, USA
Death 10 Feb 1920 (aged 84)
Burial Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA
Plot Block B Lot 115 Space 1
Memorial ID 10190150 · View Source
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Married 15 Sep 1872 in Silver City to Mary A. Blackinger. Born in New Hampshire, son of Caleb Eastman and Tabitha Alderedge.

Source: Idaho Deluxe Supplement 1920

BEFORE Idaho was organized as a territory Hosea B. Eastman took up his abode within its borders and for many years he remained a most active and prominent factor in the upbuilding of the capital city. Every phase of pioneer life is familiar to him. All of the hardships and privations occasioned by remoteness from the advantages of the older civilization of the east, also the Indian fighting in an effort to plant the seeds of civilization
on the western frontier and in fact every form of activity that led at length to the establishment of the great empire of the northwest, are to him not a matter of hearsav or of history but a matter of actual experience. He came to be one of the most forceful factors in the financial and commercial development of Boise, where he took up his abode in 1863, and just as his ancestors aided in the establishment of civilization upon the Atlantic coast, he has borne his full share in the work of development upon the Pacific coast.

Mr. Eastman is a native of Whitefield, New Hampshire. He was born in the year 1835 and is descended from a family that was founded on American soil in early colonial days, when this country was still numbered among the possessions of Great Britain. His grandfather, Ebenezer Eastman, was numbered among the colonial troops that fought for the independence of the nation. Following the surrender of Lord Cornwallis he returned to his home and devoted his attention to the occupation of farming. Among his children was Caleb Eastman, father of Hosea B. Eastman. The last named spent his youthful days upon a New England farm and attended the public schools of the neighborhood, but the opportunities of the west attracted him when he was a young man and in 1862. he crossed the continent, taking up his abode in Idaho,although the territory was not yet created. The following year,however, Idaho came into existence and at that time embraced the greater part of the states of Montana and Wyoming. It was on the 21 st of October, 1862, that Mr. Eastman, accompanied by his brother, Benjamin Manson, sailed from New York city and at Aspinwall they started across the Isthmus of Panama and thence made their way up the Pacific coast to California. For a brief period they were connected with ranching in that state and in 1862, with a thirty mule pack train, started for Canyon City, Oregon.

A few months later Hosea B. Eastman was at Silver City, Idaho, where he gave his attention to mining for a number of years, mining and milling some of the first gold quartz ever sold in the state. The journev to Idaho had been made with a company of adventurous miners, who traveled on snowshoes from Canyon City, Oregon, to Auburn. While en route thev lost their way and for several days Mr. Eastman had no food save bacon rinds that had been retained to rub on the bottoms of the snowshoes to keep them free from packed snow. At Silver City the brothers, H. B. and B. M. Eastman,owned and conducted the old Idaho Hotel for a number of years and on disposing of that property came to Boise, where they purchased the old-time Overland Hotel, long one of the best known hostelries of the west. Before coming to Boise, however, Mr. Eastman had taken part in various fights with the Indians and on one occasion, at the time of the South Mountain fight, he was wounded. He felt that the bullet should be removed, but there was no one to undertake this task. He insisted that a hospital steward, who knew nothing of surgery, should do it. The man at first refused, but Mr. Eastman insisted, placed himself on a small table and without any anaesthetic permitted the crude probing bv means of which the bullet was finally extracted. He and four companions had stood out against a band of more than three hundred Indians. It was in such ways that the courage and valor of Mr. Eastman and other heroic pioneers was continually manifest. Removing to Boise, Mr. Eastman became a prominent factor in the development and upbuilding of the city, with which he has been connected in many ways and through many years. He took up his abode in the city when it was a small and inconsequential village. He aided its advancement in every possible way and as the years passed became a dominant figure in its business circles, connected with many commercial and financial enterprises which have had to do with the upbuilding of the capital and the establishment of its high civic standards. He became the president of the Pacific National Bank of Boise and was also one of the organizers of the Boise City National Bank. When the old Overland Hotel, which was long a popular hostelry under the management of Mr. Eastman, was torn down he erected upon that site the Overland office building, one of the fine structures of the city, and remained president of the company owning the building for an extended period. He was the general manager of the Boise Artesian Hot and Cold Water Company and installed the first water system in the old Overland Hotel. It was this company that also built the great Natatorium on Warm Springs avenue in Boise. He became a prominent factor in the ownership and conduct of an extensive hardware business conducted under the name of the Eastman & Teller Hardware Company, of which he was vice president and a member of the board of directors until the business was sold on the 1st of August, 1912.

While a resident of Silver City, Mr. Eastman was married in
1872 to Miss Mary Ann Blackinger, who shared with him in all of the privations and hardships incident to the struggles of the early days and also lived to enjoy the fruits of their later prosperity. To them were born two
sons. Frank M., who was born May 30, 1878, attended the Phillips Academy at Andover, Massachusetts, and afterward completed the full literary course in Yale University,
where he won the Bachelor's degree. He passed away May 5, 191 2. The younger son, Ben Sherman Eastman, was born in Boise and,like his brother, attended the Phillips Academy at Andover, while later he entered Yale and completed the scientific course in that institution, being graduated as a member of the class of 1902, on which occasion the Bachelor of Philosophy degree was bestowed upon him. Such in brief is the life history of Hosea B. Eastman, a man whom to know is to esteem and honor. For much more than half a century he has resided in Boise and there is no phase of development and progress in the northwest with which he is not thoroughly familiar. At all times he has borne his share in the work of development and improvement and has met the changing conditions, ready for any emergency and for anv opportunitv. There are no esoteric phases in his entire career, nothing sinister and nothing to conceal. He has been straightforward in all of his business relations, has stood loyally by his honest convictions and in the development of his business affairs has employed constructive methods that have made his efforts a feature in the upbuilding and progress of the community as well as a factor in the promotion of his own fortunes.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 10190150
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Hosea B. Eastman (21 Nov 1835–10 Feb 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10190150, citing Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by David M. Habben (contributor 835) .