MANUEL J. ALLEMAO
SURNAMES: COSACIO, SOUZA, RIVES, SILVA,
Another Portugese-American who has fully justified
his wisdom in resolving to bid adieu to the familiar associations of
Old World and seek his fortune in the New, is Manual J. Allemao, who as
born on the Island of Pico, Azores Group Portugal, On September 8,
1856, the son of Antonio Jose and Rosa (Cosacio) Allemao, both natives
of the same island. His father was a prosperous farmer and
devout Christian, who exerted an enviable influence on
account of his exemplary way of living, and this influence extended to
the end of his allotted sixty years. Mrs. Allemao died at he age
of forty-five. Manuel J. is the oldest of their eight children;
of the others, Antonio resides on the old home place; Marie was
married, came to the United States, and passed away in the East;
Violante is married and lives in East; Joseph is a farmer at
Clarksburg, Yolo county; Mrs. Rosa Souza lives at Sacramento; Mariana
was married and died at the old home; and John is a farmer in their
Manuel was reared on the old home farm and attended the local day
schools, but being the oldest of the family it was necessary for him to
assist with the work, hence his school advantages were very limited.
When about eighteen years of age, he had a desire to come to
California, having heard of the great opportunities that awaited young
men of energy who were not afraid to work, so he planned, as soon as he
was able, to come hither. On October 15, 1888, he reached
the United States, and pushing westward, located at San Francisco,
where a younger brother had settled some four years before.
Later, he located near Los Banos, where he worked on a grain
ranch for four years; and then he removed to Sacramento, but remained
only a short time, when he sold his place and came into the Santa Clara
Valley about 1893. He bought thirty acres and set out an orchard,
later selling seven acres and retaining the twenty-three acres located
on Senter Road, five miles from San Jose. Here he built a
residence and other buildings and has an orchard of apricots and
prunes; and he still owns this fine ranch, which is well equipped for
handling the fruit.
Mr. Allemao now resides in a beautiful residence at 906 South Tenth
Street, in San Jose, in which city, about twenty-six years ago, he was
married to Miss Mariana Constance Rives, the daughter of Manuel
Bernardo and Marie Constance Rives, natives of Portugal, where the
father passed away. They had four children; manuel died at
the age of twenty-four years; Maria C. is Mrs. Silva of Livingston,
Cal.; Antonio Teixiera lives in San Jose and is a fine portrait painter
and architect; Mrs. Allemao came to California when twenty-seven years
old with her mother to join her brother, Antonio. who had been here
some years. The mother died afterwards in Flagstaff, Ariz.
It was in San Jose she met Mr. Allemao and they were married. Mr.
and Mrs. Allemao were the parents of a daughter , Maria Constancia, who
died when sixteen months old.
Mr. and Mrs. Allemao have always been warm supporters of religion and
religious work; and to their generosity is due the two wonderful bells
in the Church of the Five Wounds, East San Jose,
costing over $1,500, besides contributing liberally to the building of
the church, and when the cornerstone services were held Mr. and Mrs..
Allemao furnished the marble cornerstone at a cost of $150.00.
They are very kindhearted and generous and manya poor and needy
family have been made happier by their aid.