Thursday, April 25, 2013
This home was built in 1884 by Mrs. Emma Tufts, who was widowed when her husband Sylvanus died in Los Angeles in 1875, at the age of 45. The Tufts had a total of six children while living in Iowa, all born two years apart: Clarence, Mary, Charles, Philena (Lena), and Alice. Daughter Elizabeth, born between Mary and Charles, died in infancy.
It appears that daughter Alice, a bookkeeper in adulthood, never married, and lived with family members throughout her life. When Mrs. Tufts died in 1935, Alice had been living with her and remained in the home. Toward the end, Alice's sister Lena lived in the home as well, possibly following the death of her husband, Reverend William Bovard, in 1936. Lena passed away in 1948, followed by Alice in 1949.
Several members of the Tufts family are buried in the Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery. This includes Mr. and Mrs. Tufts, along with Clarence, Charles (and wife Emma), Alice (and husband William), and baby Elizabeth. The family's home was converted to apartments in 1962.