Biography of John G. Sarmento
Alameda County, CA Biographies





JOHN G. SARMENTO
Among the old and well known families of Alameda county, none is held in higher esteem than the Sarmento family, of San Leandro, of which John G. Sarmento is a worthy representative. He is now devoting his attention to the management of his mother's ranch, in which work he has shown industry and good business judgment. The Sarmento family was founded in this state in 1851 by Joe Sarmento, who came here from Portugal and bought land at San Leandro from the McClures, paying six hundred dollars an acre for seven acres now comprising the home place, and which is now worth probably four thousand dollars an acre. This land was at one time a part of the Soto grant, title to which came from the King of Spain in the early part of the nineteenth century. It later became known as Rancho San Leandro and was numbered among the great ranches of this part of the state. The Sarmento tract is located at the southern city limits of San Leandro. Among the children born to Joe and Mary Sarmento is Joseph Francis, who was born in Niles, California, March 13, 1867, and was married, on April 5, 1893, at San Leandro, to Miss Mary Louise Bowers, a native of Buffalo, New York, and a daughter of John and Barbara Bowers, both of whom were born in France, where they were reared and married. Her father had learned the plumbing trade in his native land and after coming to this country followed that line of work;n Buffalo, New York, and in Oakland, California, of which city he was one of the pioneer plumbers. He and his family resided for awhile in East Oakland, but later came to San Leandro and established their residence on Orchard avenue, where both parents died. Their daughter, Mary Louise, was about seventeen years of age when the family came to this state and has resided here continuously since. By her marriage to Mr. Sarmento six children have been born: Joseph Antony, who is a cook in Los Angeles, California; Alfred, who remains on the home ranch; Edward Joseph, who also is at home; Eugene John, a bookkeeper, who married Miss Maimie Burges and resides on Seventy ninth avenue, Oakland; John George, who was born August 2, 1903, secured his educational training in grammar and night schools, and is now managing the home place for his mother, who now owns it; and Arthur, deceased. John G. has devoted himself closely to the cultivation of the ranch, in which he has shown himself capable and discriminating in his operations, and throughout the community he is regarded as an up to date and enterprising farmer, commanding the respect and good will of all who know him. A half brother, George G. Sarmento, now deceased, was an expert blacksmith, well known to the early residents of San Leandro, and ran a shop at Hepne and Clark streets, where he enjoyed a large patronage. The Sarmento family has always stood high in the confidence and respect of the people of the community, being generous and hospitable, and is numbered among the worthy old families of Alameda county.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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