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Friday, September 21, 2018

Let’s Talk Clovis: Lewis Willis Gibson, President 1912 Clovis Board of Trustees

By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum Lewis Wills Gibson, 1857-1937, became our first President of the Board of Trustees (City Council) when Clovis incorporated in 1912....

Let’s Talk Clovis: “You can’t see the town for the people” Prose by William...

By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum William W. Wamsley (Grandfather of Dwayne Wamsley) arrived here in the early 1910’s. He was noted for his talent to...

Let’s Talk Clovis: May Case, 1873-1967, Clovis Pioneer Journalist

By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum Though small in stature, 4 feet 9 ¾ inches, 88 pounds, May Case was the most visible, informed woman in...

Let’s Talk Clovis: Remembering our early days

By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum Yokuts (Yokotch) were the Central California Native Americans who lived here 5,000 to 8,000 years prior to the 1769 arrival...

Let’s Talk Clovis: Frank Drury, Grand Old Man of Clovis

By Peg Bos |  Clovis Museum Frank Holloway Drury (1852-1953) remains “The Grand Old Man of Clovis.” He was a charismatic, successful human being when...

Let’s Talk Clovis: Herbert G. and Anna Johnson, 1902 Clovis pioneers

Herbert’s parents Samuel Johnson (1831-1893) and Hannah Hall Johnson (1842-1877) lived in New York state when he was born in 1866. He died at...

Let’s Talk Clovis: ‘Growing up in Clovis’ by Esther Jessie Keller Benschoter (1908-1984), Part...

Peg Bos, Clovis Museum We are sharing Esther Jessie Keller Benschoter’s story that was written in the 1950s about her remembrance of Old Town during...

Let’s Talk Clovis: Maude Kirkpatrick Bell, 1895-1959

Albert and Ella Kirkpatrick arrived in Clovis in 1895. They rented the upstair rooms of the 1891 Southern Pacific Railroad Depot east of Fourth...

Let’s Talk Clovis: 1924 Clovis First State Bank robbery

The First State Bank in Clovis was established in 1903 by Richard Norrish (1844-1939) a wealthy immigrant from England. The first bank was located...

Let’s Talk Clovis: Clovis Memories of Frank De Luca, Part 1

By Peg Bos |  Clovis Museum Frank De Luca shared memories of his life in Clovis on May 10, 2005 (“Let’s Talk Clovis”). We are...

Let’s Talk Clovis: The Clovis Independent; May 7, 1953

In 1953, the town of Clovis had a population of approximately 3,000. The city limits had not expanded from the 1912 (1.00 square mile)...

“Let’s Talk Clovis” 1975 Clovis Citizens’ Hall of Fame

By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum In 1975 Russell Mazzei was the publisher of the Clovis Independent and Tribune. Mazzei initiated the first Clovis Hall of...

Let’s Talk Clovis: Survival of the 1920 Clovis Union High School

By Peg Bos |  Clovis Museum In April of 1981, the County of Fresno requested an assessment of the historical and architectural significance of the...

“Let’s Talk Clovis” The Mayo and Redford Families

By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum Charles Mayo was born on September 11, 1849 in Waterville, Maine. Waterville, located on the Kennebec River, was a terminus...

Let’s Talk Clovis: Family of Francis Smith Estill

The spelling of the Estill name has been changed many times. The first record of the family name was “d’Estelle” in a 1525 marriage...

Let’s Talk Clovis: 1915 and 1920 Clovis Sanitariums and 1944 Clovis Sierra Vista Hospital

Early Clovis pioneers relied on home remedies and traveling physicians to provide their medical needs. Doctors were on duty 24 hours, seven days a...

Let’s Talk Clovis: The Clovis Independent

In 1953, the town of Clovis had a population of approximately 3,000. The city limits had not expanded from the 1912 (1.00 square mile)...

Let’s Talk Clovis: Heroic pioneers and their amazing flume

Water, timber, mineral and the scenic beauty of the Sierra Nevada provided a significant economic base for early day Clovis. California was booming and...

Let’s Talk Clovis: William Temple Cole’s Family of 10 daughters

By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum William Temple Cole was born in Missouri on August 2, 1825. He was a descendant and namesake of a companion...

“Let’s Talk Clovis” – First City of Clovis Marshall, 1912-1914, Jacob Calvin Horschman

By Peg Bos | Clovis Museum Portions of this article are based on a letter written by Luella and Donald Horschman sharing the life of...

Let’s Talk Clovis: 1919 Clovis High School ‘Argus’

We believe the first Clovis High “Argus” was published in 1910 and ended in 1929. The school began publishing it’s Cavalcade in 1937. WWI began...

Let’s Talk Clovis: Glenn Reyburns’ Memories of Clovis High, 1899-1904

Glenn Reyburn (1878-1979) was the third of nine children of Joseph D. and Mary Ellen Reyburn. The family arrived here in 1881 and acquired...

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