Clovis History

Let’s Talk Clovis: ‘Humor in Sunday School’ by Arthur Chedister

Arthur Chedister wrote about the early history of Clovis. His articles were printed in the Clovis Independent from 1953-1954. He…

Let’s Talk Clovis: 1917 Fresno County and Clovis

We want to share information that was published by the Fresno County Chamber of Commerce in 1917. It was titled,…

Let’s Talk Clovis: Honoring all Veterans and 59 Clovis Gold Star Heroes

The Clovis Museum will continue its tradition of honoring 59 Clovis Gold Star Heroes and all veterans at its monthly…

Let’s Talk Clovis: Civic Leader Alfred Peter Biglione (1900-1988)

We are sharing an undated article Alfred Biglione wrote regarding the history of his family and his early life here…

Let’s Talk Clovis: The James Wiggins Cate Family

James Wiggins Cate, the 10th of 12 children, was born in 1828 in New Hampshire. In 1838, his family relocated…

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…

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

Peg Bos, Clovis Museum We are sharing Esther Jessie Keller Benschoter’s story that was written in the 1950s about her…

Let’s Talk Clovis: Clovis Police Chief Thomas W. Higgason (1956-1980)

Photo courtesy of Clovis Museum - Pictured from left to right: W. Nelson, Jim May, Thomas  Higgason and Chief Bruce Spurgeon…

Let’s Talk Clovis: Eleanor Swenson, 1931 Clovis High Graduate

Eleanor Swenson (1914-2006) was born to Louis and Ida Swenson in the Scandinavian Colony near Sierra Vista and Dakota in…

Let’s Talk Clovis: 1957 Clovis Business Directory

By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum We are sharing information published in 1957 by the Clovis Chamber of Commerce that was…

Let’s Talk Clovis: Myrtle Howison-Stone Family

In 1903, Myrtle Howison’s family left Warrensburg, Ohio and arrived in Clovis. Their relative John Cadwallader (1863-1938), a large landowner…

Let’s Talk Clovis: Phoebe Smith, 1914 Clovis High graduate

Of the original 40 students in the 1910 Clovis High School freshman class, only 17 (three men) graduated in 1914.…

Let’s Talk Clovis: 1908 and 1911 Autograph Entries

By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum Printed words define us, motivate us, preserve our past and often challenge us. Historically, autograph…

Let’s Talk Clovis: It’s time to Rodeo

We begin to experience an anticipation of something historical and special happening in Clovis as the last week end of…

Let’s Talk Clovis: Alma Lemmon’s 80th Birthday Party, 1979

By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum Alma Lemmon celebrated her 80th birthday party on Oct. 7, 1970. We will share a…

Let’s Talk Clovis: Critique of 1915-1920 Clovis Tribune articles

By Peg Bos |  Clovis Museum A March 1, 1938 press release proclaimed: “One of California’s great country editors, Harry…

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…

Let’s Talk Clovis: Clovis Copper Mining

By Peg Bos | Clovis Museum Mining for gold was not profitable for the early gold miners in our area.…

Let’s Talk Clovis: Clovis Memories of Frank De Luca, Part 2

By Peg Bos | Clovis Museum We continue Frank De Luca’s Clovis memories. His words capture the essence of Clovis…

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: 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…

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…

Let’s Talk Clovis: “Clovis Greeting” by Mary Fletcher Norwood, 1903

By Peg Bos |  Clovis Museum We are sharing excerpts from the “Clovis Greeting,” published in 1903 by poetess Mary…