|Birth: ||Sep. 15, 1870, Syria|
The information is taken from "The History of Fresno County" by Paul E Vandor, published in 1919.
A prominent raisin-grower who was not only interested in the growth of Fresno County and had great confidence in the future of this part of the Golden State, but has himself contributed toward the development of some of its most important interests, is Barsam Adoor, who lives in the Malaga district.
He was born in Assyria on September 15, 1870, the son of a baker, under whom he learned the baker's trade. There were four sons in the family, and three of them came to the United States and are now in Fresno County.
It was in 1891 that Barsam came to America and located in Massachusetts, where he worked for eight years in shoe factories at Milford, Brockton and Boston. In 1899 he came West to Fresno County and rented the Loleta vineyard, five miles east of Selma, consisting of 160 acres, and there he also had a packing house. For five years he followed raisin-growing, but with little success.
In 1904 he opened a pool hall and cigar stand on K Street, and after four years he sold out and started the New England Bakery on the west side of town, taking into partnership with him his brother Paul. In this undertaking he was successful, and he kept at it for six years. Selling out in 1913, he and Paul bought a forty-acre vineyard on North Avenue in the Malaga district, where they raised Thompson seedless and muscat grapes ; the returns happily being such that the vineyard yielded from three to five thousand dollars' profit a year. Barsam, Paul and the third brother, Charles, own a business block erected in 1900 on F Street, and Charles owned a twenty-acre vineyard on Ventura Avenue.
On August 4, 1914, Mr. Adoor was married to Anna Donabed, also a native of Assyria and they had one promising son, Sargon.
Created by: Lester Letson
Record added: Apr 20, 2008
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