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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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” program...

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 in Clovis. Al’s parents, Antonio...

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 to Adams County, Illinois....

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: 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 pose for a photo...

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 Fresno on April 4,...

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 “Dedicated to the Education and...

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 and Clovis civic leader,...

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. Their class motto: “Look...

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 books were treasured since they...

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 April approaches. This year...

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 memo donated to the Museum...

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 E. Armstrong, 76, publisher 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: Clovis Copper Mining

By Peg Bos | Clovis Museum Mining for gold was not profitable for the early gold miners in our area. Two copper mines were founded...

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 in the 1930’s and 1940’s: “The...

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: 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: 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...

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 Fletcher Norwood. We were unable...

“Let’s Talk Clovis:” The Beauty and the Witcher Nola and Les Smith

By Peg Bos | Clovis Museum The Beauty, Nola (Magnolia) Dewees Smith (1900-1990) was born in Oklahoma. She was three years old when her family...

“Let’s Talk Clovis” Phoebe Jane (Waite) Nelson (1866-1949), fourth child of Pioneer Widow Waite

By Peg Bos | Clovis Museum Phoebe Jane (Waite) Nelson wrote about her childhood and courtship in the 1870s-80s. Frank Burritt (his mother Alice was...

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