JOHN R. SILVA.
Among the citizens of Kings county who have by their upright conduct and high personal character won the respect
and esteem of their fellow citizens, stands John R. Silva, who occupies the responsible position of head janitor
for the three grammar schools of Hanford. He was born on the Azore Islands on the 5th day of October, 1873, a son
of John R. and Eugenia C. Silva. His father, who is now deceased, was a man of some prominence in his native land,
holding the position of superintendent of streets.
John R. Silva was educated in the schools of his native land. He remained under the parental roof until nineteen
years of age, when he came to the United States. He first located in New Hampshire, where he resided for eight
months, and then lived in several other states, spending eighteen years in the state of Vermont. During that period
he made two trips back to the Azores. In 1909 Mr. Silva came to Hanford and for two years was employed in ranch
work. He then engaged in mercantile pursuits, which he conducted for six years and then, selling out, returned
to work on a ranch. For the past seven years he has been employed by the city of Hanford, supervising the janitor
work for the grammar schools. Painstaking and conscientious in his work, he has so performed his duties as to win
the commendation of the school authorities, while his courtesy and accommodation have won for him many warm friends.
Mr. Silva was married to Miss Rose Pedroze, also a native of the Azores, and they have two children: Amily and
Mary. Politically Mr. Silva is a strong supporter of the republican party, and is a member of the Fraternal Order
of Eagles, the Druids, the I. D. E. S. and the U. P. E. C.
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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