JOSEPH R. SOUZA
Success has accompanied the efforts of Joseph R. Souza in his work as general blacksmith; he located in Merced
in 1906 and established his present business, at first on a small scale, but it has increased during the passing
of the years to its present proportions and he is now equipped to repair anything in the way of wagons and farming
machinery and with the help of four men takes care of his large and growing business. He is a native of Mariposa
County, Cal., born July 15, 1877, a son of J. M. and Mary Souza, both natives of the Azores. J. M. Souza came to
California in 1862 and engaged in mining; later he followed farming in Mariposa County. There were seven children
in the family. The mother is still living but the father died March 27, 1925, eighty three years of age.
Joseph R. Souza received his education in the public schools of Mariposa County; after leaving school he drove
a team for the Mariposa Mining Company for three years; following this he learned the blacksmith's trade, which
he has since followed.
The marriage of Mr. Souza united him with Miss Ivah Ellen Pickard of South Bend, Ind., and they are the parents
of four children: Annie, Chester, Lloyd, and Robert. Mr. Souza is a Republican in politics, and fraternally is
affiliated with the Odd Fellows, Woodmen of the World, Neighbors of Woodcraft and I. D. E. S., all of Merced. He
has spent the greater part of his life in Merced and has shown his public spirit in various ways, always supporting
men and measures for the development of the resources of this place.
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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