William Helm

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William Helm

Birth
Ontario, Canada
Death 10 Apr 1919 (aged 82)
California, USA
Burial Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
Memorial ID 23066377 · View Source
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William Helm was born in the province of Ontario, Canada, about forty miles above Montreal, on the St. Lawrence River. He was a son of George and Mary (Oliver Helm, both of whom were born in Scotland.

In 1861 Mr. Helm married Francis Sawyer Newman in Placer County. In July of 1865, William Helm brought sheep to Fresno county and began raising his family here. In 1877 Mr. Helm made Fresno his home with a five-acre tract of land at the corner of Fresno and R streets. He was vice-president of the Bank of Central California, and the president of the Fresno Canal and Irrigation Company.

Source: Memorial and Biographical History of the counties of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern, California. In 1881 he bought the block bounded by Fresno, R, Merced and S Streets from Mr. Einstein building his home there. The home stood for 71 years.

As their daughters married, Helm gave them parts of the block on which to build their homes. This block is now the site of the Fresno Community Hospital. Source: Saint James Episcopal Cathedral Web site. William Helm's son Frank later purchased the 10 story Griffith-McKenzie building re-naming it the "Helm building" at the southeast corner of J (Fulton) and Fresno streets where it still stands as one of the prominant buildings on the Fulton Mall. His April 12, 1919 Burial was at Mountain View Cemetery, Fresno, CA.



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  • Created by: Lester Letson
  • Added: 23 Nov 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23066377
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Helm (9 Mar 1837–10 Apr 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23066377, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA ; Maintained by Lester Letson (contributor 46627920) .