Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


William A. Buckhart is a member of the enterprising firm of Buckhart Brothers. confectioners of Santa Cruz. Associated with his brother, Harry C. Buckhart, has built up a business of gratifying proportions and their patronage is steadily increasing. William A. Buckhart was born at Junction City, Kansas, April 25, 1872, the son of John and Amanda (Walker) Buckhart, the former now deceased, while the latter is living at the age of seventy-eight, the mother of six children still surviving-James W., William A., Charles M., Richard, Harry and Lulu. The last two were'born in California to which state the family came in 1879, locating in the Pajaro valley, where the father followed lumbering and also had a sawmill, which he continued to manage until the time of his retirement.

William A. Buckhart, the second child in point of birth, attended the Pajaro district schools and the Chesterwoods' Business College at Santa Cruz, after which he followed the sawmill business, later becoming bookkeeper for the Tuttle Company, of Watsonville. For seven years he was assistant postmaster of Watsonville under Postmaster T. M. Wright. The Buckhart Brothers started in the candy trade in Watsonville some twenty years ago with a capital of two thousand dollars, with which they purchased the business of John McCallum, and in 1921 they bought out the candy business of the Russell Company in Santa Cruz, where their candy factory is located. Besides the Santa Cruz store and factory, they maintain branch stores in Watsonville and Hollister, the latter being conducted under the firm name of Buckhart & Dooley. William A. and Harry C. Buckhart conduct the factory and store in Santa Cruz and Richard L. Buckhart the store in Watsonville, and they employ twenty hands the year around. Their wholesale trade and plant have grown amazingly of late, and now they do an annual business of not less than one hundred and seventy-five thousand dollars. When they started in Watsonville, the two brothers did all the business with the assistance of a girl clerk on Saturdays and Sundays, so that the contrast today is rather striking. The retail store in Santa Cruz is one of the most attractive stores in the city, especially during the hours when light lunches are being served. They specialize in French creams and fruit, and their trademark, a figure of a deer over a heart, is on all their boxes. Their products are sold all over California and are strictly of the finest quality.

Mr. Buckhart married Miss Nellie Irelan, a daughter of the late Dr. Lambert Irelan, pioneer physician of Watsonville, California, where Mrs. Buckhart was born. She has become the mother of one son, now a student at the University of California. Mr. Buckhart is a member of the Elks, the Loyal Order of Moose, the Woodmen of the World and all branches of the Odd Fellows, and enjoys the high regard of his brethren in these fraternities while in business circles he has won the confidence, good will and liberal support of the general public.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.