Biography of Roman Pena
Kings County, CA Biographies





ROMAN PENA.
The gentleman to a brief review of whose life the following lines are devoted is among the favorably known and representative citizens of Kings county, for he has by his indomitable enterprise and progressive methods contributed in a material way to the advancement of his community. He was born in Eagle Pass, Texas, on the 15th day of March, 1883, and his parents were Jose Maria and Aurelia Pena, both of, whom died when their son was but a child. The father had bought a farm in Mexico and they resided there during the remainder of their lives.

Roman Pena lived in Mexico until he was fourteen years of age, when he went to Arizona, where he remained but a short time, going thence to California. In 1897 he came to Hanford and obtained work on a near by ranch. In 1901 he went to Alaska and during one season was employed in the salmon canneries there. Upon his return to Hanford he went to work for the Hanford Mercantile Company, which was later bought by the Valley Lumber Company, whereupon Mr. Pena went to work for the Charles Nelson Company, being employed by that concern in various places until 1916. In the latter year he went into business on his own account, opening a general merchandise store on West Third street, and in this enterprise he has met with gratifying success. He carries a large and well diversified stock of goods and because of his sound business methods and his courteous treatment of his customers, he has built up a large and representative trade.

Mr. Pena was married to Miss Angeleta Sesmas, who was born and reared in Sacramento, California, and they have three children: Sadie, Joseph and Alice. Mr. Pena has advocated and supported every movement calculated to benefit the community in a material, civic or moral way, and therefore enjoys the good will and esteem of all classes. The democratic party draws his political support and he is affiliated fraternally with the Woodmen of the World and the Alliance Hespana Americana.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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