JOSEPH C. ALVES
Many natives of the Azores islands have become residents of Alameda county and have here not only attained material
success but have also gained a high place among the loyal and public spirited citizens of the county. Among this
number is Joseph C. Alves, who owns a splendid fruit ranch near Hayward and is counted among the best citizens
of that locality. He was born in the Azores islands on the 4th of September, 1866, and is a son of Joseph and Anna
(Catane) Alves. He secured his education in the schools of his home neighborhood and in 1880, when fourteen years
of age, arrived in the United States. He came direct to Hayward, where he remained a short time, and then went
to the vicinity of Concord, this state, and thence to Mentron. After remaining there for a short time, he went
to Eureka, Humboldt county, but soon afterward returned to Hayward, where he was employed on a ranch for four years.
During the three following years he farmed on rented land, and then went to Santa Clara county, where he leased
a tract of land, which he farmed for seven years. In 1900 he came back to Hayward and on February 15th located
on his present place, which he rented for one year and then bought. It comprises twelve and a half acres, on which
are some apricot trees that had been planted by the Indians and Mexicans, some of which are at least seventy five
years old. Mr. Alves set out some fine cherry trees and now has a good fruit ranch, from which he receives a nice
income. He also leases other land and a fine measure of prosperity is crowning his efforts. At one time Mr. Alves
worked for a brother of Andrew Browder, the first sheriff of Alameda county. Formerly Mr. Alves operated a large
drying plant, employing a number of people, but is now confining his attention to fruit raising, in which he has
been very successful.
On January 1, 1890, Mr. Alves was united in marriage to Miss Mary Alves, a daughter of Manuel Alves, who was one
of the first settlers in Redwood Canyon, California, and to them were born three children, Anna, deceased, Agnes
and Joseph. The mother died in 1898, at the age of thirty two years, and in 1900 Mr. Alves was married to Miss
Mary Zembele, a daughter of Frank and Mary Zembele. She was born in Germany and when ten years of age was brought
to the United States by her parents, who settled first in Pennsylvania, but later in Celenos, California. To Mr.
and Mrs. Alves have been born eight children, namely: Walter, who is a state highway policeman; Frank; Mary; Katherine;
Soda, who died at the age of twelve years; Victor; Evalyn; and Blanche. Mr. Alves gives his political support to
the republican party and has shown a helpful interest in the affairs of his community. He is a man of upright life,
kindly and cordial in his relations with his fellowmen, and all who know him hold him in high regard.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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