MANUEL S. BETTENCOURT
Manuel S. Bettencourt, who owns and cultivates a well improved and productive farm at Centerville, is a man of
good business judgment and industrious habits and has well merited the success which has crowned his efforts. He
was born on his father's ranch at Centerville, on the 15th of March, 1872, a son of Manuel and Rosa (Veiria) Bettencourt,
both of whom were born in Fayal, Azores islands. The father came to the United States in young manhood and for
a time followed the sea, serving on a whaling vessel, but later engaged in mining. Coming to Centerville, he bought
ten acres of land, which he improved, and then went back to his native isle, where he was married, soon afterward
bringing his bride to his California home. Here he prospered, buying several other farms, which he cultivated until
his death, which occurred in 1906, at the age of seventy four years. He was survived about ten years by his widow,
who also died at the age of seventy four years. Mr. Bettencourt was a republican in politics and a splendid citizen,
in every respect worthy of the esteem in which he was uniformly held throughout the community.
Manuel Bettencourt spent his boyhood on his father's farm and attended the Alviso school. For several years he
worked on various ranches and in the lumber camps of northern California, and then returned to Centerville, taking
over the care of a farm of twelve acres which his father deeded to him. He set out a nice orchard of apricots and
cherries, made other substantial improvements and is very comfortably situated. He is also the owner of a half
interest in the Ford garage in Centerville.
On July 4, 1903, Mr. Bettencourt was united in marriage to Miss Lena Roderick, who was born and reared in Centerville,
a daughter of Frank S. and Lena Claudina Roderick, the former born in the Azores islands and the latter in New
Bedford, Connecticut. Mr. Roderick came to Centerville in young manhood and bought fifteen acres of land, which
he improved and developed into a good farm, and here he has lived ever since. Mr. and Mrs. Bettencourt have two
children, Herman and Eugene. Mr. Bettencourt gives his support to the republican party and is a member of the U.
P. E. C. He is a man of substantial qualities, public spirited in his attitude toward local affairs, and a generous
supporter of all worthy causes, and is held in high regard.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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