Clovis-Big Dry Creek
Historical Society Officers
elected for the 2012 year:
President: Peggy Bos
V-President: Paul Spraetz
Recording Sec'ty: David Law
Corresponding Sec'ty: Frank DeLuca
Treasurer: Judith Preuss
Officers and Board of Directors, voting members:
President: Peg Bos
Vice President: Paul Spraetz
Recording Sec: David Law
Corr. Sec: Frank DeLuca
Treasurer: Judith Preuss
Board of Directors Members:
Below: Our Society President and Museum Curator, Peg Bos, with the Clovis High School Varsity Football team, year 2009.
Our Curator and/or docents are available for historical presentations at schools and organizations, by appointment. Give us a call.
Hours of Operation: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, and by special appointment. Closed on most holidays.
The Clovis Museum is located in the historical 1912 First State Bank Building, 401 Pollasky, in Old Town Clovis.
The Historical Society recreates the infamous 1924 bank robbery by "The Lone Wolf" and "The Owl" on the last Saturday of February each year.
The Streets of Clovis & nearby areas
The Original boundries of Clovis included a one square mile of land, bounded by Sierra, to the north; Villa, to the west; Barstow, to the south; and Hughes, to the east. East to west streets were designated as 1st Street to 10th street, except that 6th street later was designated as Bullard, named for a well-known developer from Fresno.
Baron Street: Named for a member of the San Jouquin Valley Railroad Board of Directors; also see Pollasky, below.
Blackstone Ave: Named by useage, in honor of English jurist Sir William Blackstone. In 1888, attorney A. M. Drew and others had built homes along an unnamed county road in the Altamont Addition north of Divisadero Street that stretched northward. When time came to turn in a plat, a name for the road was needed, so A. M. Drew slapped the name Blackstone upon it and turned it in to the county for recording.
Bullard Avenue: Formerly 6th Street; it was a major route into Clovis and was renamed to honor a Fresno developer.
Clovis Avenue: Named after Clovis Cole, the "King of Wheat", who owned land from the Redbanks area West of the Sierra foothills all the way to Madera; the street is the main north to south street for the City of Clovis; t ran parallel to the San Jouquin Valley Railroad tracks. Formerly Front Street, then Fulton Street. Clovis Cole sold one square mile of his property to Marcus Pollasky to establish the township of Clovis.
DeWitt Street: Named for a member of the San Jouquin Valley Railroad Board of Directors; also see Pollasky, below.
Front Street: Later renamed Fulton in honor of a San Jouquin Valley Railroad board member and major financier for the SJVR; later, renamed to Clovis Avenue.
Fulton Street: See Front Street or Clovis Avenue.
Gibson Street: Lewis Wells Gibson was the first President of the Board of Directors for the newly incorporated city of Clovis in 1912.
Hedges Avenue: Named for H. P. Hedges, whose daughter, Threna Hedges, was married to William T. Shaw (see below). H. P. was a member of the Fresno Fire Commission
Herndon Avenue: Named for the rural railroad station just south of the San Joaquin River, which took its name from an obscure railway employee. The "town" of Herndon also shares the name.
Hughes Street: Named after Thomas E. Hughes, a well known developer in Fresno.
Pollasky Avenue: Named for Marcus Pollasky, an entrepreneur from Michigan who responded to a call from Thomas E. Hughes (considered as the Father of Fresno). Hughes' purpose was to create a Trans-Sierra Railroad to transport goods between the San Jouquin Valley and the east coast. Pollasky, representing capital from New York & Chicago, was elected President of the San Jouquin Valley Railroad, and was instrumental in building a 27 mile railroad between Fresno and Hamptonville (now Friant, CA). This railroad (later bought and operated by the Southern Pacific) helped in the further development of Clovis by offering a cheap, economical way for local wineries, lumbermen, farmers, and packing houses to ship their products.
Shaw Avenue: Now called "The Avenue" by Clovisites. Named for a Fresno Pioneer, William T. Shaw, who came here in 1878 with his cousin, M. R. Madary. Madary was a developer, contructing buildings and operating a lumjber mill; Shaw was also a building contractor; he married Threna Hedges, whose father, H. P. Hedges, was on the fire commission (see above). Shaw was later elected constable of Fresno in 1892 and 1894, and then in 1906 he was the Police Chief, serving untill 1911. He also served on the police and fire commissions.
We display and maintain pictures and artifacts of Clovis M. Cole, the Wheat King of the United States during the 1880-1890's; photos and articles of Marcus Pollasky, a key developer of the Clovis Township; original portion of the 1893 Fresno Flume and Irrigation, which brought lumber and water from Shaver Lake; Indian artifacts; early day pictures and information of over 300 Clovis area families; 1903-1965 graduation pictures of Clovis High School students and school annuals for those years; history of the 1912 First State Bank and their 1924 bank robbery; Clovis Veterans display of WW I, WW II, Korea, Viet Nam, and the Desert Wars; memorabilia of Ken "Festus" Curtis of "Gunsmoke", and much, much, more.
Public service information is provided free to the community through our "Let's Talk Clovis" and "Clovis Living Legend" programs (see the Home Page for listing and schedules) at the Clovis District Memorial Building, 453 Hughes, on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. The series are filmed and made available to the public for review.
Admission to the museum is free; donations are accepted.
Annual memberships to the Historical Society are: $20 for families; $15 for adult individuals ($10 Senior). For Patrons: $250 or more; Businesses: $100; Sponsors: $80; Sustaining: $40.
Just submit your name, address, e-mail address (if any), and check via mail, or, in person at the Clovis Museum, at the address noted in the banner at the bottom of this page.
Members receive a monthly newsletter containing the scheduled lectures and other information relating to the museum.
To join, send your tax-deductible payment (check preferred) to Clovis-Big Dry Creek Historical Society at the address noted below, with your names(s), mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address, as applicable.
Below: Harold Brandon, Peg Bos, & Norma Meek at the front door of the Clovis Museum
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