Among the honored and respected citizens of Lemoore who, beginning life under the most humble circumstances but
endowed with courage, determination and a willingness to work, eventually succeeded in the ambition to become independent,
the name of Peter Coli stands prominent. He was born at Arona, Spain, and was reared and educated in his native
land. He came to the United States at the age of twenty eight years and arrived at Visalia, Tulare county, in 1888
with a cash capital of eighty cents. Nothing daunted, he immediately sought work and accepted anything that was
offered. He herded sheep in the mountains back of Porterville, cut timber, worked in the Lucerne vineyards, bought
and sold hides, shot coyotes and wildcats and herded sheep on the Jacobs ranch. He killed over six hundred of the
wild animals for which he received the state bounty of five dollars a head. He was employed for a while on the
Valley railroad near Corcoran and then was employed by Dr. Musgrave in Hanford. At length, having carefully husbanded
his funds, Mr. Coli opened a grocery store in Lemoore and has been successful in that business from the start,
covering a period of over eighteen years. He carries a large and well selected stock of groceries and kindred lines
and because of his courteous manner and efforts to please his customers he enjoys a large patronage. As he has
prospered he has wisely invested his money and is now the owner of some valuable real estate in Lemoore.
Mr. Coli is a member of the Portuguese lodge, I. D. E. S. He takes a deep interest in the welfare of the community
and gives his support to every movement tending to promote the well being or stimulate the growth of the city.
Modest and unassuming, he enjoys the respect and esteem of all who know him.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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