JOSEPH B. VIGARIO.
The group, of Azores islands has sent to Kings county some of its most successful and respected citizens, and among
them none enjoys to a greater degree the respect of the community than does Joseph B. Vigario, successful farmer
and respected citizen. He was born in Pico, Azores Islands, on the 15th day of November, 1863, the son of Manuel
B. and Maria Vigario. The father was a farmer in a small way and the family finances being at a low stage, the
son was compelled to go to work as soon as old enough, thereby losing the opportunity to secure a public school
education. However, he was ambitious to learn and studied at every opportunity, a habit which he has always followed,
so that today he is a man of wide and accurate information. At the age of eighteen years he came to the United
States, his father borrowing three hundred dollars with which to defray the expense of the trip. The young man
landed here with but eleven dollars in money, ignorant of the English language, and no job in sight. To many this
might have been a discouraging condition, but the lad went at once to work at such employment as he could find,
and eight months later sent back to his father the money he had borrowed. On the 11th of April, 1884, Mr. Vigario
came to Hanford and two days later went to work for Silver Brothers, plowing with a six horse team. He followed
farming until 1889, when he bought a bunch of sheep, which required his attention until 1907, when he sold them
and went to Humboldt county, this state, where he was interested in the sheep business for six months. In 1898
Mr. Vigario returned to Hanford and engaged in the mercantile business, which he successfully operated until 1909,
when he sold all but a small interest in the store, and from that time to the present has been engaged in farming,
fruit and stock raising, in which he has met with very gratifying success. In 1923 he built a fine home, which
contains all modern improvements, and he is very comfortably situated.
Politically Mr. Vigario gives his support to the republican party and he is a member of two Portuguese societies,
the I. D. E. S., of which he is a past president; and the U. P. C. S., of which he is now president.
Mr. Vigario was married to Miss Rosa B. Raphel, who was born and reared in Sonoma county, California, and they
are the parents of the following children: Clarence, who is an eye specialist; Lee, a pharmacist; Earl, a student
in high school; Eleanor; and Bernice. Mr. Vigario has been an eye witness of the wonderful development of this
section of the state, for when he first came here Hanford was but a village, with but few improvements and giving
but little promise of the present thriving and prosperous city. He has at all times given his support to all movements
for the betterment of the community and is numbered among its progressive and substantial citizens.
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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