Joseph Thiele, who is conducting a successful poultry farm near Hayward, deserves great credit for what he has
accomplished here, his success being due entirely to his determined and tireless efforts along scientific lines.
Mr. Thiele was born in Bohemia on the 27th of April, 1894, and when about ten years of age accompanied his parents
to San Francisco, California, where he attended the grammar schools. He was then apprenticed to learn the trade
of a coppersmith in the plant of August Shafer, at Sixth and Briant streets. Later he went to San Bruno, San Mateo
county, where he worked as a cowboy on the Jersey farm, afterwards entering the employ of Miller & Lux, for
whom he rode the range on their ranch at Los Banos, Merced county. Later he rode the ranges in Nevada and Oregon
and on his return to California worked on the Spreckels ranch at Soledad, Monterey county, where he served as field
boss for three years. Going then to Taft, Kern county, he worked for the Standard Oil Company, and was later with
the same company at Coalinga, Fresno county. In 1920 he bought his present place in the hills back of Hayward,
where he has developed a fine poultry farm. He keeps White Leghorn chickens, brooding and raising about twelve
thousand a year. He sells the pullets when three months old and, all being pure bred stock, he receives a dollar
each for them. He has two thousand laying hens and at times has had eight thousand chicks one week old. He thoroughly
understands his work and is meeting with well merited prosperity.
Mr. Thiele was married to Miss Eleanor Cummings, a native daughter of San Francisco, and they have two children,
Claire and Harold. Mr. Thiele is a member of all branches of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and belongs to
the Hayward Poultry Breeders Association and the Alameda County Farm Bureau. He displays a high type of business
ability in his affairs, is scrupulously honest in all of his relations and among his acquaintances commands confidence
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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