Thomas R. Coelho, actively identified with agricultural interests of Alameda county, making his home at Junction
City, was born at Pico in the Azore islands, February 10, 1865, his parents being Matthias Rose and Mary Joaquin
(Peters) Coelho. The family has long been established in the Azores, living there for several generations. Matthias
R. Coelho owned a small farm on the island of Pico. Three of his sons, Manuel, Joe and Alexander, came to the United
States and, liking the country, they induced their parents and the rest of the family three sons and two daughters
come to the new world in 1873. They took up their abode on a farm at San Lorenzo but after about a year removed
to Milpitas, Santa Clara county, where they resided for six years and then returned to Alameda county, purchasing
the farm on which John R. Coelho now resides. The death of the father occurred when he was sixty eight years of
age and the mother survived to the notable age of ninety nine years.
Thomas R. Coelho was but eight years of age when he accompanied his parents to the United States. He attended the
public schools when he had no work to do, but his time was largely given to assisting in the work of the farm,
so that he could pursue his studies only through the third grade. However, he has learned many valuable lessons
in life and has gained broad knowledge in the school of experience. In his youthful days he worked on the farm,
which was largely given to the raising of grain, hay and peas, and throughout the passing years he has continued
to devote his attention to agricultural pursuits with good results. The land which he cultivates has been made
rich and fertile through his care and labor and he has become recognized as one of the leading rhubarb growers
of this section of the state and has served as a director of the Rhubarb Growers Association since its organization.
Mr. Coelho was married in San Leandro to Miss Annie L. Peters, a native daughter of California, who passed away
June 1, 1918, leaving four children: Anthony R., Thomas Joseph, William Reginald and Carlos R. Mr. Coelho is a
member of the Catholic church and the U. P. E. C. Politically he maintains an independent attitude, voting for
the men whom he considers best qualified for office. His attention is largely concentrated upon his business affairs
and his property holdings include six different tracts of land of fifty one, thirty, twenty three eighteen and
fifteen acres respectively, all carefully and systematically developed. which indicates that he has led a life
of intense and intelligently directed industry.
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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