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Charles Hensley “Chas” Cobb

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Charles Hensley “Chas” Cobb

Birth
Fresno County, California, USA
Death
13 Mar 1934 (aged 64)
Fresno County, California, USA
Burial
Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA Add to Map
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from a 1933 biography

CHARLES H. COBB

Charles H. Cobb was born in Fresno county, and has taken an important part in public affairs for more than thirty years.

Mr. Cobb was born on his father's farm, May 31, 1869, twelve miles north of Fresno on the San Joaquin river. His father was Van Buren Cobb and his mother Minerva Cobb ; both came to this county in 1868, from Indiana, where the father had practiced law.

Charles H. Cobb received his early schooling in the county schools, and worked on his father's farm until 1900, when he moved to Fresno, and with his brother A. J. Cobb operated a livery stable in the old Armory theater building on south J street, where the Gottschalk department store now stands. When the horseless carriage first came to be known, Mr. Cobb saw the business opportunity, and in 1907 became one of the first automobile agents in this part of the state. He followed the automobile business for the next twenty years, handling first the Overland, and later the Dodge, and subsequently formed a separate corporation to deal in the Chandler and Cleveland cars. In 1918 he constructed the present Cobb building, at the corner of Van Ness and Tuolumne streets, especially adapted to motorcar display and care.

In 1927, he founded the firm of L. S. Cobb & Co., named for his son ; and father and son continue now as partners in this business, which is a finance corporation, making automobile and other loans, and writing insurance.

Notwithstanding his interests in the City of Fresno, Mr. Cobb continues his farm activities. In 1915, he and his brother planted 800 acres of figs five miles northeast of Clovis, this being the second largest fig acreage in the world at the time.

The Cobb family have always been Democrats, and Mr. Cobb has been active in the party for years. However, on the retirement of State Senator M. B. Harris, Republican, in 1926, a group of leading Republicans of Fresno county joined in urging Mr. Cobb to make the race to succeed Senator Harris. He did so, and secured the nomination of both parties, and of course was elected in November. In the California Senate, he was made chairman of the public morals committee, and gave his special attention to an anti-nickel-in-the-slot bill, which was defeated in the legislature, but has since been enacted by ordinance in most of the towns of the state. He was also active in the promotion of much other beneficial legislation to the State.

For the last dozen years, Mr. Cobb has been gradually withdrawing from active business, and has traveled considerably. But he still takes an interest in business and political affairs, and is looked upon as one of the outstanding citizens of Fresno county.

Senator Cobb is a member of many Masonic bodies; has been president of the Fresno Y. M. C. A. for the past ten years; is a member of the board of trustees of the California Christian college at Los Angeles; chairman of the board of elders of the First Christian church of Fresno, and member of the advisory board of the Security-First National Bank of Los Angeles, in Fresno.

Senator and Mrs. Cobb (Anna D. Jones) have one son : L. S. Cobb, born in Fresno county, and three grandchildren.

Courtesy of Lester Letson

Charles and Anna were married Dec 25, 1892
from a 1933 biography

CHARLES H. COBB

Charles H. Cobb was born in Fresno county, and has taken an important part in public affairs for more than thirty years.

Mr. Cobb was born on his father's farm, May 31, 1869, twelve miles north of Fresno on the San Joaquin river. His father was Van Buren Cobb and his mother Minerva Cobb ; both came to this county in 1868, from Indiana, where the father had practiced law.

Charles H. Cobb received his early schooling in the county schools, and worked on his father's farm until 1900, when he moved to Fresno, and with his brother A. J. Cobb operated a livery stable in the old Armory theater building on south J street, where the Gottschalk department store now stands. When the horseless carriage first came to be known, Mr. Cobb saw the business opportunity, and in 1907 became one of the first automobile agents in this part of the state. He followed the automobile business for the next twenty years, handling first the Overland, and later the Dodge, and subsequently formed a separate corporation to deal in the Chandler and Cleveland cars. In 1918 he constructed the present Cobb building, at the corner of Van Ness and Tuolumne streets, especially adapted to motorcar display and care.

In 1927, he founded the firm of L. S. Cobb & Co., named for his son ; and father and son continue now as partners in this business, which is a finance corporation, making automobile and other loans, and writing insurance.

Notwithstanding his interests in the City of Fresno, Mr. Cobb continues his farm activities. In 1915, he and his brother planted 800 acres of figs five miles northeast of Clovis, this being the second largest fig acreage in the world at the time.

The Cobb family have always been Democrats, and Mr. Cobb has been active in the party for years. However, on the retirement of State Senator M. B. Harris, Republican, in 1926, a group of leading Republicans of Fresno county joined in urging Mr. Cobb to make the race to succeed Senator Harris. He did so, and secured the nomination of both parties, and of course was elected in November. In the California Senate, he was made chairman of the public morals committee, and gave his special attention to an anti-nickel-in-the-slot bill, which was defeated in the legislature, but has since been enacted by ordinance in most of the towns of the state. He was also active in the promotion of much other beneficial legislation to the State.

For the last dozen years, Mr. Cobb has been gradually withdrawing from active business, and has traveled considerably. But he still takes an interest in business and political affairs, and is looked upon as one of the outstanding citizens of Fresno county.

Senator Cobb is a member of many Masonic bodies; has been president of the Fresno Y. M. C. A. for the past ten years; is a member of the board of trustees of the California Christian college at Los Angeles; chairman of the board of elders of the First Christian church of Fresno, and member of the advisory board of the Security-First National Bank of Los Angeles, in Fresno.

Senator and Mrs. Cobb (Anna D. Jones) have one son : L. S. Cobb, born in Fresno county, and three grandchildren.

Courtesy of Lester Letson

Charles and Anna were married Dec 25, 1892


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/79589558/charles_hensley-cobb: accessed ), memorial page for Charles Hensley “Chas” Cobb (31 May 1869–13 Mar 1934), Find a Grave Memorial ID 79589558, citing Odd Fellows Cemetery, Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA; Maintained by Heather (contributor 47110358).