From the Las Palmas Lodge web page
James Cyrus Pottle was born in Westbrook, Maine, migrated to North Dakota and moved with his family to Sanger in 1890. There, he purchased 50 acres of vineyard, had a home built in the Fruitvale Tract, and came to own a grocery store. With his wife Esther Bundy Pottle, he had three children; James Jr. (1893), Fred, and Ada May.
He was a member of IOOF in Sanger, and served as its treasurer in 1893. He was also active in Sanger Masonic Lodge No. 316 where he served as Master and Secretary in 1896.
In 1903, he moved his family to Fresno, took up residence and again set up shop. He joined Fresno Lodge No. 247, but soon set out with a group of Masons to form a new lodge. Las Palmas Lodge was formed in his living room at 1526 'K' Street (now Van Ness Avenue). He served as Las Palmas' first Master, while Under Despensation, in 1905.
James Pottle was also active in the Scottish Rite as a charter member of the Lodge of Perfection, and served as Orator in that same year. He later served as Venerable Master in 1908, and Standard Bearer, Council of Kadosh in 1909. In 1911, he was coroneted with the 33º, only the second man in Fresno County to receive such an honor. The Fall 1980 Scottish Rite Class was named in his honor.
In 1910 he was instrumental in forming Clovis Lodge No. 417. In 1914, he served as Grand Junior Deacon and in 1916 he assisted with the opening of Center Lodge No. 465 serving as Grand Lecturer. He was also the Inspector for the Lodges in this area.
He was politically active as a member of the Democratic Party and served on the Fresno County Central Committee, as well as being a voting inspector. In 1914 he became a member of the Progressive Party.
James was a Fresno City Trustee (now referred to as City Councilmen) of the 3rd ward beginning in 1910, and served as a county superintendent (now County Supervisor) in 1912. Pottle Avenue is named in his honor, although the honor was bestowed during his tenure as City Councilman.
Pottle remained very active in the affairs of Las Palmas up until his sudden death on August 19, 1917. His son, James Cyrus Pottle Jr. petitioned Las Palmas Lodge for the Degrees of Masonry shortly before his father died. James Sr. did not live to see his son receive any of his degrees.
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