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William Emmett Cole

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa, United States
Death: February 4, 1928 (78)
Sacramento, CA, USA
Place of Burial: Sacramento, Sacramento, CA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Bailey Cole and Juliette JACOBS
Husband of Prudence Jane Cole
Father of Martha E. Cole; David Vincent Cole; Ruby P. Cole; Mary J. Chapman; William Emmett Cole, Jr. and 1 other
Brother of David Vincent Cole; John Newton Cole, Sr.; Abraham Douglas Cole; Lizzie Alice Black; Francis Jerome Cole and 6 others

Occupation: Fruit Grower
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About William Emmett Cole

Fruit grower in Capay Valley;



Capay's Early Fruit.

[Esparto Independent, May 28th.]

Mrs. Juliette Cole is having picked and shipped off to Chicago figs off her place. The first figs were picked on Monday, and were Spanish purple. We claim this is the first shipment of ripe figs in the State.

A party of San Franciscans arrived here on Saturday evening hist and subsequently visited the upper portion of Capay valley. They were looking over the ground preparatory to making in- vestments, and wore very enthusiastic over tins tine country. They purchased considerable property before leaving.

W. E. Cole has made arrangements to have refrigerator car at Esparto whenever there is any fruit ready for shipment to Chicago. He has also received an offer from Porter Brothers & Co., of Chicago, for his entire crop of muscatel grapes, knowing that they are two weeks earlier than any other in the State. The firm want them for the Chicago and New York markets. Mr. Cole made the first shipment of raisins to Chicago last season. His grape crop is an exceedingly fine one, and he is undecided whether be will accept their offer or not, as they make the finest quality of raisins.

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The First to Ship Ripe Moorpark Apricots to Market.

The charming and fertile Valley of Capay, in the western portion of Yolo County, is fast coming to the front as an early producer of fruit. For many years past the Winters and Vacaville sections have enjoyed the reputation of being the first to market their fruits, but Capay leads this year in the matter of certain varieties, and will soon become noted as the earliest fruit-producing section of the State.

The young orchards set out in that valley three years ago are just corning into bearing, but it will not be many years before the entire valley will be covered with orchards and vineyards.

Already W. E. Cole of Esparto has shipped from there a quantity of ripe Moorpark apricots, the first of the season, and which are fully two weeks in advance of the Winters shipments, and indeed ahead of any other locality.

Capay Valley possesses unusual advantages for fruit culture, it is blessed with plenty of natural irrigation (rainfall), and yet the soil is warm, while the valley is protected by surrounding hills of the Coast Range from both hot and cold winds. It is, in fact, one of the choicest garden-spots of the State, and a bright future i* just dawning upon it.

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http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015104/1891-06-27/ed-1/seq-4.pdf (note racist editorial comment from story author)


Her Apricots Outsell All Others In the Chicago Market.

Tlie Esparto Independent contains the following mention ol fruit culture in the fertile valley of Capay:

W. E. Cole has received a lotter from J. M. Pettengill, agent at Winters for Porter Bros. & Co. of Chicago, stating that his apricots had sold for the highest rate of any in the car. This is another triumph lor white labor over Chinese, as the boxes were packed by white girls. Wm. Marders shipped a carload of wheat from here on Friday last, which is about as early as any in the State, we think. At any rate it was the first Esparto for the season of 1891. It was ready on the 18th (Thursday), but did not get away until the next day. The first wheat brought to the warehouse here last year was on Juno 10th. The cool weather has kept it back this year

M. A. Nurse, who is interested in a ranch of 1,500 acres above Cadenasso along with some Woodland capitalists, brought to this office some very fine specimens of figs grown on the ranch. They were ofthe Mission stock, and four of them filled a cigar box, with very little room to spare. The figs averaged over nine inches in circumference and were not the largest grown on the place, as those wero destroyed by the birds pecking them.

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The Winters Express Saturday July 18, 1891


Esparto Fruit

W.E. Cole shipped away up to Friday of last week 1210 crates of green apricots and 68 tons of dried. He is still engaged in picking and drying apricots, having just purchased the products of 200 acres of apricots trees, which he is now curing. He is now engaged in buying up figs, which he will cure and send East.

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William Emmett Cole's Timeline

January 13, 1850
Iowa, United States
November 15, 1873
Age 23
February 14, 1876
Age 26
California, United States
June 2, 1879
Age 29
May 4, 1887
Age 37
April 1891
Age 41

Name: William Emmet Cole
Event Type: Draft Registration
Event Date: 1917-1918
Event Place: Marin County, California, United States
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 01 Apr 1891
Birthplace: Capay, California, United States
Nationality: United States
Affiliate Publication Title: World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards
Affiliate Publication Number: M1509
GS Film number: 1531200
Digital Folder Number: 005240943
Image Number: 04367

Citing this Record

"United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KZV2-G4R : accessed 07 Sep 2013), William Emmet Cole, 1917-1918.


Name: William Emmet Cole
Event Type: Draft Registration
Event Date: 1942
Event Place: Novato, Marin, California
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 01 Apr 1891
Affiliate Publication Title: World War II Draft Cards (4th Registration) for the State of California
Affiliate Publication Number:
Affiliate ARC Identifier: 603155
GS Film number: 1837865
Digital Folder Number: 004669412
Image Number: 00440

Citing this Record

"United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V4D3-324 : accessed 07 Sep 2013), William Emmet Cole, 1942.

August 5, 1896
Age 46
February 4, 1928
Age 78
Sacramento, CA, USA


William E. Cole

Birth: unknown
Death: Feb. 4, 1928

Odd Fellows Lawn Cemetery and Mausoleum
Sacramento County
California, USA
Plot: Sec. C Lot 3 Gr 11

Age 77
Sacramento, Sacramento, CA, USA


William E. Cole

Birth: Jan. 18, 1850
Death: Feb. 4, 1928

Odd Fellows Lawn Cemetery and Mausoleum
Sacramento County
California, USA
Plot: Sec. C Lot 3 Gr 11