HOSEA BRADFORD EASTMAN - Boise
Hosea Bradford Eastman, who is one of Idaho's leading citizens, is of old Revolutionary stock. His grandfather,
Ebenezer Eastman, fought in the Revolutionary war, and his ancestors were all of great prominence. Mr. Eastman's
father was Caleb Eastman, a farmer, and his mother was Tabitha Aldredge Eastman. His early education was obtained
in the public schools of Whitefield, New Hampshire, where he was born November 21, 1835. At the age of twenty he
went to work in a saw mill and logging camp, where he remained for five years in his home country. In the fall
of 1861 he went to California, where he worked for about one year and six months on a stock farm. In the winter
of 1863 he went to Auburn, Oregon, where he engaged in mining for a couple of years, and then came to Idaho, and
built and ran the Tdaho Hotel in Silver City, until November, 1877, when he bought the Overland Hotel at Boise
City, and was also interested in real estate. He conducted the hotel until 1892, when he leased it. Mr. Eastman's
brother, B. M. Eastman, was also interested with him in business.
Mr. Eastman was one of the organizers of the Boise City National Bank in 1886, and was vice president of the bank
until 1906, when it Was sold. He is still a director. He is also general manager of the Boise City Artesian Hot
and Cold Water Company. He also formed the Eastman-Teller Hardware Company in 1902, which company is now run by
his son, B. S. Eastman. Mr. Eastman was a member of the City Council and of the school board of Boise City, and
was one of the organizers of the Commercial Club and a charter member of lodge No. 310, B. P. O. E. He is interested
with Mr. Regan in the Overland Building, the finest office building in Boise City.
September, 1872, H. B. Eastman was married to Mary A. Blackinger of Idaho, and they have two children: Frank M.
and Ben S. Eastman. Mr. Eastman with his family resides at 1215 Warm Springs Avenue, Boise, Idaho.
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909
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