“Let’s Talk Clovis” – The Clovis Independent, June 21, 1932

o-l-russell-clovis-pastor-ver2By Peg Bos | Clovis Museum

We are sharing information that was printed in the above Clovis Independent edition. S.S. Case and May Case were owners, editors and publishers. O.L. Russell was associate editor. The subscription price $2 per annum, $1 six months and 50 cents for three months.

Russell was a Methodist minister that served at the Clovis Methodist Church (1909-1913 and 1918-1922). He married Lizzie Potter. Lizzie’s father (John W. Potter) brought his family to Clovis in 1872 (De Wolf and Alluvial).

Russell authored a column “Sample Thinks” in the above edition. We are sharing some of his thoughts: “Some of our politicians should get their ears off the ground and listen to the still small voice. Following the line of least resistance is the method that water uses in washing out a riverbed – that’s the reason rivers are so crooked. The same kind of procedure is also responsible for crooked men.”

He offered his thoughts regarding motoring: “There are two nuts that hold the steering wheel. The metal one should be tight, but not the human one, which should hold the wheel tight. Great speed gets you somewhere fast, even if it’s the hospital or morgue. Be careful of your foot too. The lighter the head, the heavier the foot.

“Contemplate this fact: A locomotive is a clumsy looking affair, but more than likely it will get to the crossing faster than you can. If you lose the race all the damage you do to the locomotive will be a few scratches on the pilot. Likely you will not read the news item in the morning paper. Tell me why it is easier to show resentment than it is to show appreciation. It seems easier to be again things than it is to make a show of gratitude. The closer an object is to your eye the more it will obstruct your vision. If you try to get a close-up of your neighbor’s faults you will not be able to see the good things in him.”

Rev. Russell’s order of worship on April 25, 1920 stated: “If anyone renders you a service show your gratitude. If you like them real well don’t wait till you get to heaven to tell them. A blossom in life is worth a whole floral offering at the funeral.”

A front page article announced the candidacy of C. Todd Clark (1877-1967) for the office of Fresno County Supervisor, district two. C. Todd had married Kate Potter (sister of Rev. Russell’s wife Lizzie) in 1898. C. Todd was a Methodist minister for 24 years. The family returned to Clovis in 1920.

Rev. Clark served on the Clovis Union High School Board of Trustees from 1922-1928. He was elected to the Assembly of the State of California (1931-1933) and the Fresno County Board of Supervisors, district 2 (1933-1949, eight years as chair).

On February 3, 1965, the Clovis Unified School District Board (Ralph Lynn, President) adopted a resolution that the first intermediate school shall be named the “C. Todd Clark Intermediate School.” The school opened in 1969. It is located at 902 Fifth Street on 30 acres of land.

A front page ad read: “Something For Nothing” Well, Well. John D. Rockefeller is broke, Henry Ford drives a Chevrolet, Eskimas are buying Frigidaires, automobiles are sold on time with no interest or insurance chargers, hardly, but you may buy a Chevrolet with the assurance that you  get what you pay for. America’s most popular car-modern, progressive dependable. Ask any owner, take the wheel, America-Chevrolet invites comparison. H.B. Owens, Chevrolet Sales & Service (438 Fulton now Clovis Ave).

The 1932 publication of the Clovis Independent is part of our rich heritage.