Clovis Marshal Cole

Clovis Marshal Cole

Indiana, USA
Death 14 Nov 1939 (aged 82–83)
Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
Burial Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
Memorial ID 22454893 · View Source
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The Clovis community began in the 1870's when Clovis Cole's father Stephen H. Cole homesteaded 320 acres of government land in Fresno County. In 1874 he gave his 16-year-old son, Clovis M. Cole, four horses.

Clovis became a teamster, hauling lumber from the mountains and purchasing land to raise grain for feed and seed. Clovis was a very successful wheat farmer and land investor, having farmed 50,000 acres in the valley and was famous as the "Wheat King of the United States" in the late 1800's.

The City of Clovis began as a freight stop along the San Joaquin Valley Railroad. Organized on January 15, 1890 by Fresno businessmen Thomas E. Hughes, Fulton Berry, Gilbert R. Osmun, H.D. Colson, John D. Gray, and William M. Williams when its namesake Clovis M. Cole was only 34 years old. In partnership with Michigan railroad speculator Marcus Pollasky, the San Joaquin Valley Railroad began construction in Fresno on July 4, 1891 and reached the farmlands of Clovis Cole's and George Owen's properties by October of that year.

The railroad purchased right-of-way from both farmers, half from each - the east side from Cole and the west side from Owens - and ran tracks up the borderline between the two properties. The railroad agreed to establish a station on the west side of the tracks and to call it "Clovis". It is interesting to note that the Clovis station, after which the town was named, was on the Owen side of the track.

Cole and Owen later sold land to Marcus Pollasky for development of the townsite. Fresno civil engineer Ingvar Tielman mapped the townsite for Marcus Pollasky, recording the townsite map on December 29, 1891. Clovis featured streets named for the officers and principal investors of the SJV Railroad – (Benjamin)Woodworth, (Marcus)Pollasky, Fulton (Berry), (Thomas) Hughes, (Gerald)Osmun, and (O. D.) Baron. The original Clovis Cole home was moved to its present location in Fresno and is designated a point of historical interest in the valley.

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Gravesite Details The Clovis Cole home is a historical landmark in the city of Fresno.

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  • Created by: Lester Letson
  • Added: 25 Oct 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22454893
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Clovis Marshal Cole (1856–14 Nov 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22454893, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA ; Maintained by Lester Letson (contributor 46627920) .