Among the citizens of Kings county who have earned a creditable reputation and have distinguished themselves by
right and honorable living is Attilio Pia, who, though of foreign birth, has contributed in a definite way to the
prosperity of this community. He is a native of sunny Italy, born on the 14th day of November, 1884, a son of Ilario
and Rose Pia, both of whom are still living in their native land, where the father follows farming.
Attilio Pia was educated in the schools of Italy and at the age of seventeen years came to the United States, arriving
here with a cash capital of thirty dollars, but handicapped by a complete ignorance of the language of this country.
He first went to South Trinidad, Colorado, where he obtained employment in the coal mines, at a daily wage of one
dollar and seventy five cents. He was ambitious, and during this period he also attended school and learned the
language. After fifteen months in the mines Mr. Pia came to San Francisco, California, and for eight months was
employed in a quarry. Until 1913 he was variously occupied around San Francisco and Oakland and then came to Hanford
and for a time was employed as a farm hand and in a packing house. In 1915 he started to learn the baking trade
under Samuel Adams, with whom he remained for six years. In 1921 Mr. Pia engaged in the baking business on his
own account and his undertaking has been rewarded with a success even exceeding his expectations. He has built
a fine, modern brick building, in which his bakery is equipped with the most improved electric machinery. He turns
out a product that has won favor with the most discriminating class of people and he and his two helpers are kept
busy supplying the rapidly increasing demand for his products. The business is largely wholesale and in the management
of his plant Mr. Pia has shown himself a business man of more than ordinary sagacity and sound judgment. Courteous
and accommodating, he has won the respect and esteem of the public and is numbered among the enterprising and successful
citizens of Hanford.
Mr. Pia was married to Miss Adalaine Virango, a native of Italy, and they are the parents of two children: Louis
and Mary. Politically Mr. Pia gives his support to the republican party and takes a deep interest in the public
affairs of his adopted country, of which he has proven himself a worthy citizen.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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