SILVERTO P. SILVA
The success which numbers Silverio P. Silva among the prosperous business men of Gustine has been entirely the
result of his own efforts, for he came empty handed from Portugal, where he was born August 4, 1876, and with the
energy and perseverance characteristic of the natives of Portugal has gained a competence in the face of many difficulties.
He is the son of Jacintho and Joaquina Maria (Alves) Silva. Jacintho Silva was a blacksmith and followed his trade
all his life in Portugal. There were nine children in this family, namely: Maria; Jose; Lucina; Antonio; Felizarda;
Benigno, deceased; Silverio P., our subject; Quiteria; and Neves, who died in infancy. The father passed away at
the age of sixty five years, while the mother is still living, having reached the advanced age of ninety one years.
Silverio P. Silva received a common school education, and when only thirteen years old he took a position as clerk
and from that time on has made his own way in the world. He worked as a clerk in various stores for fifteen years,
when he came to the United States and directly to California, locating in San Francisco, where he worked for wages.
In 1903 he located in Merced and for the following three years worked on farms. In 1906 he removed to Gustine and
worked for two years for John V. Azevedo, and on September 1, 1913, established his own general merchandise business
and within six years had accumulated sufficient means to build his own store building, which is 50 x 125 feet.
At Merced, in February, 1914, Mr. Silva was married to Miss Mary Rose, a native of Margin County, Cal., daughter
of Manuel and Isabelle Rose, early settlers in Margin County. Mr. and Mrs. Silva have one daughter, Zelma. Fraternally,
Mr. Silva belongs to the U. P. E. C., and for the past twelve years has served as secretary of the I. D. E. S.
Lodge of Gustine; politically he is a Republican.
History of Merced County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by John Outcalt
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1925
Merced County, CA
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