Born in Spain in 1868, Jose Uberuaga later immigrated to the United States and settled in Boise. He was a carpenter, and later became a prominent businessman as well as the owner of several boarding houses.
Author Sol Silen recounted Uberuaga's journey to Boise in La historia de los Vascongados en el oeste de los Estados Unidos. Although Uberuaga had been a resident of Reno, Nevada for a time upon first arriving to the United States, he eventually relocated to Idaho, believing that it would offer him better opportunities. With two friends and a horse, Uberuaga traveled from Reno to Boise, enduring the suffering of his twelve-day trek through the desert with “great strength of spirit.” Uberuaga eventually became recognized as one of Boise’s best citizens and businessmen.