JOSEPH A. SILVA
To such men as Joseph A. Silva, of Niles, is Alameda county indebted for its remarkable development, and his immediate
section of the county has been greatly benefited through his extensive operations in real estate, in which he has
shown keen business judgment and a public spirited interest in the advancement of his community. Mr. Silva was
born in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo county, California. October 26, 1875, and when about three years of age was brought
by his parents to Alameda county. He secured his education in the public schools of Irvington and Decoto, and at
the age of seventeen years entered the employ of the California Nursery Company, at Niles, with which he remained
six and a half years. From that time to the present he has been in business for himself in Niles, having conducted
a barber shop and a liquor business, operated in real estate, sold insurance and farmed, and in all of these lines
he has been successful. He has specialized in the development of real estate in the Niles district, his first extensive
deal being the purchase of the Myer orchard tract of ninety seven acres, which he divided into small tracts and
sold to farmers, and he has bought, sold and improved more property in Niles than any other person, and thus has
materially advanced the settlement of this territory. He has shown a progressive spirit in everything he has undertaken,
and in the town of Niles has erected and sold a number of residences, being also the first person to erect a concrete
building in this city. He is a member of the board of directors of the Bank of Alameda County and is a director
of the Citizens Water Company of Niles.
Mr. Silva was united in marriage to Miss Emily Ribeiro, who was born in Milpitas, Santa Clara county, this state.
He gives his political support to the republican party and is deeply interested in local public affairs. He was
made a director of the fire department on its organization and was appointed a justice of the peace to fill out
an unexpired term, and so satisfactory was his discharge of the duties of the office that he was elected to a full
term. He is a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West and the U. P. E. C., a Portuguese society. He is essentially
a self made man, for his success has been gained entirely through persistent and well directed efforts, and throughout
the community in which he lives he commands uniform respect and esteem.
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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