We’re moving on to Page 20 of our little booklet and they are still exploring nearby towns. Last week it was all about Sanger, Reedley and Selma. This week it’s all about Fowler.
Fowler starts with a picture of a Packing House. A pretty packed Packing House!
The page space runs out but the text extends just a few lines onto Page 21
Fowler, CA is just 10 miles southeast of Fresno, or at least it was in 1900. Today if you Google “Fowler, CA” they will tell you that it is “Fowler is located 11 miles (18 km) southeast of downtown Fresno, at an elevation of 308 feet (94 m).” – It didn’t move a mile further away, we think the difference was probably from where you measured.
We love the, “Highly prosperous community, and is inhabited by a sterling class of people who would be a credit to any place.” That could be said today, right?
In 1900 Fowler had 5 churches. We’re not sure how many schools as all they say is that the “educational facilities are of the highest order”. We can go with that.
Fowler was said to be the 2nd largest shipping point of raisins in the United States. This was most likely due to it’s proximity to railroads, vineyards, and the aforementioned packing houses.
The section then goes on to describe the free library, reading rooms, and an “enthusiastic improvement club” – which sounds similar to a Rotary Club?
The section continues with a nod to the olive oil industry, stating that the production is the largest in the county.
It finishes with a reaffirmation of Fowler’s health, it’s abundance of water, and other items that would be favorable to the fruit farmer or rancher.
Interesting tidbit: As we were perusing the Census Data, we noticed that back in 1920, Armenians comprised 65% of the population of Fowler, with 1,000 Armenian residents out of a total population of 1,528. Just in case you were wondering , current population as of the 2010 United States Census reported that Fowler had a population of 5,570.
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