ANTONE F. SILVEIRA.
Among the citizens of Kings county who have built up a highly creditable business and have distinguished themselves
by right and honorable living is Antone F. Silveira, prominent merchant of Hanford, another of the large number
of foreign born citizens who have done such a commendable work in the upbuilding of Kings county. He is a native
of the Azore Islands, born on the 21st day of April, 1891, the son of M. F. and Agada Silveira, of whom only the
latter is living. M. F. Silveira made several trips to California, coming here the first time in 1860, and spent
most of his time thereafter in this state.
Antone F. Silveira received his educational training in the public schools of the Azores, and in 1908, at the age
of fifteen years, came to California and to Kings county. His first employment was in milking cows, but during
the following three years he did all kinds of ranch work. During the following year he was employed in a livery
stable in Hanford, and then went to work as a delivery boy in the grocery department of the Hanford Mercantile
Company, with whom he remained for eight years, having been promoted to a clerkship and during the last year acting
as manager of the grocery department. During the following year Mr. Silveira engaged in the selling of life insurance,
and then formed a partnership with M. N. Faria and in 1916 bought the Hanford Produce Company. They were successful
in their operations, the business having grown to such an extent as to require larger accom modations, so in 1919
the store was transferred to its present location, at Sixth and Irwin streets. Twenty five men are employed, besides
seven men in the hardware department, which has been added to the original stock. In the achievement of these splendid
results Mr. Silveira has demonstrated himself as the possessor of those elements of character which are most likely
to insure results in any undertaking fidelity to duty, conscientious honesty in dealing with customers and the
happy faculty of winning and retaining the friendship of all with whom he comes into contact.
Mr. Silveira was married to Miss Ethel O'Brien of Hanford, and they have one child: Lois. Mr. Silveira is a member
of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Druids, the U. P. E. C. and the I. D. E. S.
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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