Santa Cruz County History - People

Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

RAMBO, SAMUEL H (1834-1920)

California Blue Book [Record of State Senators] (1958)

Portrait of Samuel H Rambo
Portrait of Samuel H. Rambo

Rambo, Samuel H. Republican [representing Counties:] San Mateo, Santa Cruz

Sessions of the State Legislature: 36th (Jan. 2, 1905 - June 12, 1906), 37th (Jan. 7, 1907 - Nov. 23, 1907) (p. 734)

Santa Cruz Evening News (October 12, 1920)

A Veteran and Ex State Senator Gone

They are passing, they are passing, the soldier and the civilian, the brave, the noble and true. While writing this we are thinking of S.H. Rambo, a veteran of the Civil War, a pioneer of the San Lorenzo Valley, an early merchant of Boulder Creek, an ex senator of the district composed of the counties of Santa Cruz and San Mateo, and an ex supervisor of the San Lorenzo district for several terms, a warden of the California Redwood Park, after the close of his senatorial duties, and a gentleman and an honest man all the time.

The deceased was a native of Pennsylvania, coming to the Pacific coast shortly after the rebellion was won, and being familiar with timber in the East he naturally took to our forests, and occasionally engaged in getting out redwood timber. Being long a widower and sick and not successful in his farming ventures in Arizona he was living in full retirement when the angel of death found him in his fine home last Sabbath.

Farewell, Samuel Henry! May the kings of the mountains, planted by Nature herself, treat your resting place as kindly as you did all the people with whom you did business while among us.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (October 13, 1920)

Funeral of S.H. Rambo

Many friends gathered yesterday morning at Wessendorf & Son's undertaking parlors, for the funeral of the late S.H. Rambo, who died Sunday at his home at Boulder Creek.

Many of the people came from the mountain towns to pay their last respects to the one they so highly esteemed.

The services were conducted by Rev. Withrow, pastor of the Boulder Creek Methodist Church, and the hymns were sung by Mrs. James H. Willey and Mrs. Grace Williamson, with Mrs. Hope Swimford as organist.

The casket was covered with the most beautiful of flowers and flora tributes.

The pall bearers were Jacob and John Hartman, Fred Moody, W.H. Dool, Glen and Orrin McAbee.

Editorial Notes from Robert L. Nelson

For additional information on Samuel Rambo and family, see Index to the Mt. Echo [Boulder Creek newspaper] pp. 220-221.

Notes from Stanley D. Stevens (July 8, 2000)

Samuel Henry Rambo - Member of GAR - State Senator 1905-1909

Among the general merchants of Boulder Creek the name of Samuel H. Rambo, of the firm of S. H. Rambo & Co., deserves mention. He was born in Pennsylvania, October 12, 1843, and lived in his native state until his twelfth year. His father, M. Rambo, married a Miss Brotherton, and both were born in Pennsylvania, for former in 1805. He died in Kansas in 1890, and his wife passed away in 1854.

When ten years of age Samuel H. Rambo lost his mother by death, and was deprived of the care and solicitude which she had lavished upon him. The following year he was taken by his father to Osage county, Kans., where they located on a farm, and where the son was educated in the public schools. In 1878 he left his home surroundings in Kansas and came to California, and lived in Santa Clara county for four years, two years of that time clerking for Celand Rogers. For the same length of time he engaged in wood and coal business for himself in San José.

In 1882 he became identified with Boulder Creek and has since made this thriving town his home and principal field of activity. For many years his general merchandise store has been among the substantial and reliable business establishments of the town, and his upright business methods and evident desire to please have won him the patronage and confidence of a permanent and increasing trade. To some extent Mr. Rambo has been interested in the local undertakings of the Republican party, and among the offices maintained by him with credit may be mentioned that of supervisor, which he held for eight years. Fraternally he is associated with the Masons and the Ancient Order of United Workmen.

In 1867 Mr. Rambo married Nettie Stagg, a native of Indiana, and daughter of John Stagg, who was born in Kentucky. To an otherwise creditable career Mr. Rambo was added a meritorious military service. September 1, 1862, he enlisted in the Eleventh Kansas Infantry, serving until his discharge, September 26, 1865, and his name is enrolled among the members of the Grand Army of the Republic. With his wife, Mr. Rambo is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Source: Guinn, James M.: History of the State of California and Biographical Record of Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties. Chicago: Chapman Publishing Co., 1903. pp. 658, 661.

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