JOSEPH I. BARBEIRO.
Throughout an active and interesting career duty has ever been the motive of action of Joseph I. Barbeiro, of Hanford,
and it is a compliment worthily bestowed to say that this community is honored in his citizenship. In the best
sense of the term he is a self made man and his upright and industrious life has won for him the respect and goodwill
of his fellow citizens. He is a native of the Azores Islands, born on the 19th day of November, 1862, the son of
Joseph I. and Polcena Barbeiro, farming folk, who never left their native land, the mother dying there in 1891
and the father in 1897.
Joseph I. Barbeiro received his educational training in the public schools of the Azores and, at the age of sixteen
years, decided to emigrate to the United States, realizing that his native land offered but little hope for advancement.
He arrived in this country practically without funds, ignorant of the language and customs of the country, but
well fortified with courage, ambition, a sound body and a willingness to work. He first went to Solano county,
California, where for six months he was employed on a farm. During the ensuing fourteen years he Worked in mines
in California and Oregon, and then, from 1882 to 1884, was employed in railroad tunnel work. In 1890 Mr. Barbeiro
went to San Francisco, where he met a friend who induced him to go to New York city, and there he obtained employment
as clerk in a hotel. Three months later he started west again, stopping in Leadville, Colorado, where he worked
in the mines for two years. In 1893 he went into the mercantile business in San Leandro, in which he met with fair
success, and sold the business in 1904 at a nice profit. During the following three years he was employed as a
traveling salesman, and in 1907 came to Hanford and went into business in partnership with A. J. Perry. This claimed
his attention for a number of years, but eventually he sold his interest and has since lived retired. In 1909 Mr.
Barbeiro bought a fine ranch near Hanford and this he now rents on shares. In all these varied experiences Mr.
Barbeiro showed himself a man of sound. common sense and good judgment and the success which finally crowned his
efforts is richly deserved. He is one of the best known and most influential among the Portuguese population of
this section of the state, enjoying to a notable degree the confidence and goodwill of his fellow citizens.
Mr. Barbeiro was married to Miss Rose Madira, a member of a prominent old pioneer family of California, her father
living to the advanced age of eighty six years. To Mr. and Mrs. Barbeiro have been born three children, namely:
John J., who enlisted in the United States navy at the age of sixteen years and saw sixteen months of active service;
Polsena; and Clarence. Politically Mr. Barbeiro has always given his support to the republican party and while
residing in San Leandro he served four years as city trustee. Fraternally, he is a Mason, in which order he has
taken the Royal Arch degree. He is also a member of the U. P. E. C.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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