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IRA C. BOSS

The distinction of having been the founder of one of the most important and prosperous business enterprises of San Francisco and Sacramento belongs to Mr. Boss, who as president and manager of the Eausome Concrete Company has been instrumental in the promotion of an industry invaluable in the material development of his own home city of Sacramento. It may not be amiss to mention, as indicative of the character of the company's work, some of their contracts in this city, viz : the hotels Sacramento, Land, Sequoia, Bismarck, Argus, all well-known and substantial hostelries catering to the comfort of many guests; the News Publishing Building, and the California National Bank building, both of which structures are unusually substantial in design as well as attractive in architecture; the Western Pacific depot and shops; twenty residences at Colonial Heights; the residence and business block of Frederick Cox; and the United Farm Lands building, also the Farmers & Mechanics Bank building. This list, which by no means represents the entire extent of their contracts in the capital city, is sufficient to indicate their variety and importance. At San Francisco the company erected the Columbia theatre, the Chamberlain building, the wing on the Southern Pacific hospital, the Portola theatre and the Polk Street Market building. At other points there have been building operations of great magnitude, including the cotton mills at Oakland, the court house at Placerville and the First National Bank of Contra Costa.

The gentleman to whose intelligent supervision may be attributed the distinct success attendant upon the progress of the company claims California as his native commonwealth. Born in Oakland in December of 1877 and a son of M. P. and Laura (Gallagher) Boss, he was given the best advantages afforded by the means of the family and the schools of the state. During 1890 he completed his course of study in the public schools and entered Belmont Academy, from which he was graduated in 1895. The winter term of 1895-96 found him a student in the department of mechanical engineering at the University of California, where he laid the foundation of the engineering knowledge so indispensable to his later business activities. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he volunteered in the service and became a member of Company I of the Fourteenth United States Infantry, in which he continued until 1899. Upon retiring from the army he went to Mexico and became a superintendent in construction work, going from there to New York City at the expiration of two years and engaging in business as a consult- ing engineer for eight months. Nevada furnished him with his next field of business activity and until 1905 he remained in charge of construction work on two mills at Goldfield and Tonopah. Next he had charge of the construction of mills at Gladstone and Howardsville, San Juan county, Colo. Returning to New York City in 1906, he formed an association with the Ransome-Smith Co., as superintendent of their construction work, and in their interests he came to California during May of 1907, soon afterward organizing at San Francisco the Ransome Concrete Company, of which he has been president and manager. When the office of the company was moved to Sacramento he established a residence in this city, where he now ranks among the leading members of the Chamber of Commerce and one of the most enthusiastic promoters of enterprises for civic development. His marriage in New York City July 16, 1904, united him with Miss Kate Ransome, by whom he has a daughter, Katharine. Various organizations number him among their members, among them being the Sutter and University Clubs of Sacramento, the Claremont Country Club of Oakland and the Construction Club of San Francisco. "While he has not identified himself with political affairs and takes no part in them aside from voting the Republican ticket at national elections, his knowledge of governmental problems is thorough and his opinions represent the result of thoughtful reading, keen faculties of observation and a cultured mind. 


Source:
History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011