To a great extent the prosperity of our country has been due to the honest industry, the sturdy perseverance and
the wise economy which so prominently characterize the foreign element that has entered largely into our population,
for these people have recognized the fact that, by comparison with their old country surroundings, in America lie
the greatest opportunities for the man of ambition and energy. Isaiah Shouman is a native of Russia, born on the
28th day of March, 1886, a son of Solomon and Rosa Shouman. Prior to the World war Solomon Shouman conducted a
successful mercantile business, but was killed during the great conflict, his wife dying soon afterward.
Isaiah Shouman received a good education in the public schools of his native land, and then was employed in the
grain business, in which he was an expert, importing and exporting to Germany and England. In 1915 he came to the
United States, war conditions having wrecked his business in Russia. He first located in Fresno, where his condition,
without money and ignorant of the English language, was anything but pleasant. But, determined to succeed here,
he wisely first applied himself to a study of the language, in the acquiring of which he made quick progress. In
1917 he came to Hanford and at once engaged in business on his own account as a dealer in furniture. Starting in
a modest way, but displaying his small stock to the best advantage and giving to every customer the most careful
consideration, he gradually won the confidence of the buying public and his business steadily increased until at
the present time he is carrying one of the largest stocks of furniture in Hanford, and in addition is also conducting
a department for second hand furniture, for which there is always some demand. He employs six salesmen and gives
his personal attention to every detail of the business.
Mr. Shouman was married to Miss Reva Shenson, who was born and reared in San Francisco, and they are the parents
of two children: Berdine Mersella and Stanley. Through his laudable ambition and persistent endeavor Mr. Shouman
has won his way from a humble position to a position of honor in business circles and has absorbed the spirit of
his adopted country, giving hearty support to all movements for the betterment of the community welfare and the
upholding of our institutions.
Mr. Shouman gives his support to the republican party and is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
the Knights of Pythias, the Woodmen of the World, the Independent Order of B'nai B'rith and the Eagles.
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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