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In the late 1800s, Clovis M. Cole purchased large tracts of land in California’s San Joaquin Valley with the intent to farm wheat. Marcus Pollasky, a businessman from the East with a keen eye for a profit, proposed building a railroad that would bring more people and gains to the area. The two struck a deal. Cole sold key landholdings to Pollasky, and the town was given Cole’s first name. Businesses grew along Front Street, and families purchased nearby 20-acre parcels where they built homes and grew abundant crops. Living in Clovis became a way of life as dedication to family, friends, and community defined the area.
About the Author
The Clovis Centennial Book Committee is made up of retired Clovis city planning director John Wright, former newspaper editor Patti Lippert Fennacy, farmer and president of the Fresno Historical Society Sayre McFarlane Miller, Clovis Community Theater president Carol Wright, lifelong Clovis resident and historian Judith Preuss, and retired university librarian Tom Ebert. Tapping into such sources as the Clovis-Dry Creek Museum, the Clovis Chamber of Commerce, the John Reynolds Collection, and the Fresno County Library, this collection illustrates Clovis’s rich history and way of life through historic photographs, informative descriptions, first-person accounts, and personal interviews.
Table of Contents
1 The Early Days: Pre-1900 9
2 Turn of the 20th Century: 1900 to 1911 31
3 Incorporation: 1912 43
4 Foundations of the New City: 1913 to 1930 49
5 Challenging Times: 1930 to 1960 67
6 Decades of Growth: 1960 to 2000 87
7 Clovis in the 21st Century: 2000 to 2011 105
8 A Journey through Time 113