Biography of Manuel V. Castello
Tulare County, CA Biographies





MANUEL V. CASTELLO.
In the successful business career of Manuel V. Castello may be seen an illustration of what can be accomplished by industry, where manual labor is accompanied by intelligence and good judgment. He was born on one of the Azores Islands, April 25, 1885. In 1901, when only sixteen years of age, he came to the United States and joined his brother, Joseph Castello, at San Rafael, California. There he found employment in a dairy, where he worked long enough to learn how the business should be conducted. He and his brother then established themselves in the dairy business at Crow's Landing, where they succeeded in building up a good trade.

Disposing of his interest in the dairy at Crow's Landing, Manuel V. Castello came to Tulare county and leased one hundred and sixty acres of what is known as the Higby ranch, four miles south of Visalia. His capital was somewhat limited, but with a courage worthy of emulation, he bought a few cows and started a dairy. A little later he sold his stock here and with his brother as a partner purchased one hundred and twenty five acres from the Melaskine Orchard Company, four miles east of Visalia. Here the Castello brothers again engaged in dairying and now have a herd of thirty high grade milch cows. In addition to their dairy interests they have a prune orchard of twenty acres, and in 1924, harvested thirty acres of alfalfa. Manuel V. Castello's name was third on the list of signers for the organization of the Dairymen's Cooperative Creamery of Tulare county, of which he is now one of the directors.

Castello's Cash Grocery, of which Manuel V. Castello is the proprietor, was established in 1911 at No. 115 North Church street, where he is still in business and has built up a large patronage, owing mainly to the quality of his goods, his reasonable prices and the uniform courtesy accorded his customers. In recent years he has turned his attention to sheep raising and has an interest in a flock of fine sheep, which is gradually increasing in numbers.

Mr. Castello is a member of the Visalia Chamber of Commerce. He is a past president of the Portuguese Society, I. D. E. S. of Tulare county, and is also a past president of the Portuguese Society, U. P. E. C. In the latter society he is now secretary of the local organization and grand marshal of the grand lodge of California, which places him in line for the office of grand president in two years. Mr. Castello is married and has one son: Elmo Castello, aged five years.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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