RICHARD F. SILVEIRA.
The life of Richard F. Silveira, proprietor of the Farmers Hardware & Implement Company of Hanford, has been
such as to elicit praise from those who know him best, owing to the fact that he has been upright in his dealings
with his fellowmen, at the same time lending his support to the advancement of any cause looking to the welfare
of the community at large. He is a native of the Azores Islands, born on the 8th day of November, 1897, a son of
M. F. and Agada Silveira, both of whom are now deceased. The father came to California in 1860 and here spent the
major portion of his life from that time on, though he frequently returned to his native land.
Richard F. Silveira attended the public schools of his native land, but his educational training there was comparatively
brief, as at the age of thirteen years he came to the United States. Locating in Kings county, he took the best
possible course by which to learn the English language, becoming a student in the public schools here. During these
student days he put in his spare time at any work he could find to do, most of his employment being in connection
with ranching and dairies. When eighteen years of age he took a position in a store in Lemoore, where he remained
one year. In 1917 he enlisted in the United States army and was assigned to the Coast Artillery. He was sent overseas
and saw six months hard service in France. At the end of seventeen months service he received an honorable discharge
and returned to Hanford. During the following few years he was in the employ of the Hanford Produce Company, but
on April 1, 1924, in company with his brother Antony, he bought the business which he now conducts. They carry
a full line of shelf and heavy hardware, farm implements, paints, automobile tires, gas engines and pumping machinery.
They make a specialty of installing pumps and the business has steadily grown until now six men are employed to
handle it. Mr. Silveira has devoted himself indefatigably to the business and by his honorable methods has won
a prosperity which is richly merited.
Mr. Silveira was married to Miss Rose Louis, a native of California, and they have one child, Betty May. Mr. Silveira
owes allegiance to no political party, but casts his vote for the men who in his judgment are best fitted for public
office. Fraternally he is a member of the Woodmen of the World, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the American Legion
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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