JOSEPH M. TRINDADE
The development work in soil cultivation done by J. M. Trindade in Merced County is of considerable import from
the fact that he was among those who started the raising of diversified crops in what is now one of the largest
and richest belts of its kind in the State. He pioneered until he found from experience what would produce and
pay, and his foresight in realizing the market situation has been of real benefit to the grower in this locality.
A native of Cedros, Flores, Azores, Mr. Trindade first saw the light on September 10, 1870, the fourth of nine
children born to his parents, Antone S., and Mary (Souza) Trindade, both natives of Flores and farmers; they did
their work in life well, reared their large family of eight sons and one daughter to be of use in the world, and
then passed to their reward, the father aged seventy years, and his good wife at sixty years of age.
Mr. Trindade received his education in the public schools of his native country and learned the rudiments of farming
on the small home farm. He came to California with a party of his countrymen, and reached Merced, then a small
village, on July 4, 1887. Soon after his arrival he went to Mariposa County to work, and in starting earned fifteen
dollars a month as a sheep herder. Three months later he bettered his condition by going to work for F. Lopez at
thirty dollars a month as a plow boy, and he was so industrious and thrifty that he went into ranching for himself
four years later, putting in a crop on the Bennett Ranch, on the Merced-Mariposa County line, farming to wheat
and barley, but with slim results. He later tried again, on the C. Ehler place, with better results, each year
increasing his operations until he became an extensive grower, his last four years in grain growing being on the
Lee Fancher ranch in Merced County.
Mr. Trindade is now the owner of seventy acres in Ash Colony, there maintaining the Trindade home place, and sixty
two acres in the Atwater-Jordan District. For the past eight years he has had his lands farmed by tenant farmers
and his main business is centered in the shipping of fruits and sweet potatoes, buying and selling as an independent,
in the territory from Turlock to Merced, his trade mark, "Merced Sweets," being well established and
finding a ready market.
The marriage of Mr. Trindade, occurring February 13, 1895, at Merced, united him with Mary A. Rodrigues, a native
of Indian Gulch, Mariposa County, and ten children have blessed their union, as follows: Daniel, Inez (Mrs. A.
J. Thomas), Bessie, Marie, Joseph (deceased), Amelia, Joseph and Josie (twins), Jesse, and Hubert, all securing
a liberal education, and popular with their associates. Mr. Trindade is widely known and well liked throughout
Central California for his dealings are invariably straightforward and his business associates know him to be a
man of his word. He is a stockholder in the San Joaquin Light & Power Corporation, the Merced Security Savings
Bank, and the Merced branch of the Bank of Italy. A Republican in politics, Mr. Trindade received his United States
citizenship in Merced. He has always been active in advancement along educational and social lines as well as in
business progress. He contributes liberally to charity, and gives of his time and means to all community betterment.
For fifteen years he served as a school trustee of the Franklin district.
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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