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Guide to the Thomas and Ellen Bush Family Papers MS 241
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This collection contains the Bush family papers, Thomas and Ellen Bush’s professional papers, and miscellaneous land grants and mortgages from San Diego County.
Thomas Henry Bush was born in Pennsylvania on June 8, 1831, and first came to California in 1853. During this period, he married Ellen Augusta Porter. The couple’s only daughter, Bertha, was born in San Francisco in 1863. Before establishing himself in San Diego, Bush was a bookbinder in San Francisco and later ran a store in Baja California where he mined locally. He came to San Diego in 1865, and became Postmaster in Old Town in 1868. That same year, he was appointed county judge to replace Julio Osuna, a position he held for eight years. Bush was also a member of the City and School Board of Trustees. As a city trustee he was instrumental in the sale of the city lands to Horton, and actually signed the deed. Bush was absent from San Diego between 1878 and 1887 as he returned east to visit his native state and also engaged in prospecting. After returning to San Diego in his later years, Bush was a notary and served as the Director of the San Diego and Gila Railroad, and the Secretary of the San Diego Society of Pioneers. His wife, Ellen, was an early teacher in Old Town.
0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.
This collection is open for research.