Biography of Joseph P. Pinheiro
Kings County, CA Biographies





JOSEPH P. PINHEIRO.
Success never comes to the indolent and ambitionless, but comes only as a result of legitimate and well applied energy, unflagging determination to succeed, regardless of obstacles. The subject of this review came to this country handicapped by a lack of knowledge of the language and customs of the country and without financial capital, but he had the will to succeed and today is enjoying an independence which he has richly earned. He is a native of the Azores Islands, born on the 20th day of September, 1881. His parents were Antone and Mary (Simas) Pinheiro, only the latter of whom is living and remains in her native land. Antone Pinheiro was a whaler by occupation and first came to the United States in 1848. In 1860 he came to California and from here sailed the seas for twenty years. His death occurred at sea, on one of his voyages, at which time he was first mate of his ship. To these parents were born four sons, two of whom are living.

Joseph P. Pinheiro attended the public schools of his native land and at the age of nineteen years came to the United States. His destination was Hanford, where he arrived practically penniless, but he immediately sought work and for three years worked in the sheep camp of Miller & Lux, being employed as a camp tender. He then bought sheep and ran them on his own account for three years. Having saved his money, he returned to his native land with the intention of bringing his family to this country, and remained there ten months. Upon his return to Kings county he entered the employ of Samuel Biddle, with whom he remained a year, and then for the same length of time was employed in a store in Hanford. During the following two years he worked in a restaurant and later clerked in a grocery store for a year. Mr. Pinheiro bought an interest in the Hanford Produce Company, but in 1917 sold out. Since 1916 he has been employed as notary public and agent for a steamship line. In 1915 he was elected state president of the Irmandade Devino Espirito Santo, holding that position for one year; since which time he has been a member of the supreme board of directors of that society. In 1912 he had been elected secretary of this society and of the Uniao Portuguesa Estado California, in which positions he has served continuously since.

In September, 1923, Mr. Pinheiro engaged in the grocery business, which is now conducted under the name of the East Side Cash Grocery, and he has met with splendid success in this enterprise. He gives close attention to the needs of his trade and, by his courteous and fair treatment, has gained his full share of the local custom in his line. Besides his grocery business, Mr. Pinheiro is also interested in sheep farming and dairying, in which he is meeting with gratifying success.

In 1900 Mr. Pinheiro was married to Miss Maria Paulina Pinheiro, and they are the parents of three children: Mary, Joseph and Manuel. He is a republican in his political views and besides the organizations already mentioned he is affiliated with the Woodmen of the World, the United Ancient Order of Druids the Portuguese Fraternity of the United States of America and the Association Portuguese Protection Beneficent. The prosperity which he enjoys has been won because of his commendable qualities and his personal worth has gained for him the high esteem in which he is held.

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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