Biography of Todd C. Claubes
Tulare County, CA Biographies





TODD C. CLAUBES.
Todd C. Claubes, proprietor of the Claubes drug store in Porterville and for twenty years recognized as one of the leading merchants and men of affairs of that thriving city, is a Missourian by birth, but has been a resident of California and of Tulare county since the days of his boyhood and is thus as thoroughly familiar with conditions here as though indeed a native son. He was born in the city of Maryville, the county seat of the county of Nodaway, in the northwest corner of the state of Missouri, on February 24, 1880, and is a son of Charles H. and Laura A. (Stewart) Claubes, both of whom also were born in Missouri, members of old families in that commonwealth, the former born in the city of St. Louis and the latter in the city of St. Joseph, and their last days were spent in Porterville, the former dying in 1909 and the latter in 1921.

The late Charles H. Claubes, who in his generation was one of the best known and most highly respected residents of Tulare county, became attracted to the possibilities of the citrus fruit industry in this section of California in the early '90s and came here from Missouri to investigate the truth of the interesting stories that were being heard back east concerning the amazing developments then being made in that line. He found conditions satisfactory and bought a forty acre tract, five miles north of Porterville, which he planted to oranges. He then returned east and in 1895 brought his family with him and established his home on that tract, developing there a fine piece of property. Ten years later he retired from the ranch and with his family moved to Porterville, where he spent the remainder of his life, his death occurring on December 12, 1909. Mr. Claubes was an ardent Mason, a profound student of this ancient craft, and for five consecutive terms prior to his removal to California had served as the worshipful master of his home lodge in Quitman. He transferred his interest in Masonry to the bodies of that order in Tulare county and in time was made the worshipful master of Porterville Lodge No. 303, F. & A. M. He also was a member of Porterville Chapter No. 95, R. A. M.; a knight of Visalia Commandery No. 26, Knights Templars; and was otherwise interested in local fraternal activities, having been a member of the local lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and of the local camp of the Modern Woodmen. His funeral was conducted under Masonic auspices in accordance with the solemn rites of that ancient order, representative Masons from all the lodges in this section of the state participating. As a signal mark of honor and as an evidence of the high regard in which the deceased was held in his home town, the business houses of Porterville were closed during the hour of the funeral and local commercial and industrial activities suspended for the time. Mr. Claubes was an active and influential factor in general development work hereabout, helpful in many ways in bringing about proper conditions, and at his passing left a good memory. The home ranch which he developed is still held in the family. Charles H. Claubes and wife are survived by five children, the immediate subject of this sketch having three brothers: Leslie V. and Harry E. Claubes of Porterville, and Benjamin S. Claubes of Los Angeles; and a sister, Mrs. J. B. Lockyer of Porterville.

As will be noted by a comparison of above dates, Todd C. Claubes was fifteen years of age when he came here with his parents from Missouri in 1895, and his education was finished in California, his local schooling being supplemented by a course in the business college at Stockton and later by a course in the school of pharmacy of the University of California, from which institution he was graduated in 1905, the year in which he engaged in business on his own account in Porterville. Mr. Claubes was attracted to the drug line as a boy, his first service in that connection having been rendered as an errand boy and general factotum in the drug store of Pierce & Robbins, the pioneer drug firm of Porterville. He was advanced in this service until he had become thoroughly familiar with the details of the local drug trade and remained with that firm until he entered the pharmacy school, where he became a properly accredited registered pharmacist. For awhile after obtaining his diploma Mr. Claubes was the registered pharmacist in the Cousin & Howland drug store in Hanford, in the neighboring county of Kings, and then he returned to Porterville and opened a store of his own, taking a room twenty four feet front and forty feet back in the Pioneer Hotel building. His business prospered from the beginning and he presently found it necessary to enlarge his quarters, which he did by securing a fifteen foot extension at the rear. Since then he has taken additional space in the Pioneer hotel building until now his store covers ground space of forty eight by fifty five feet and is recognized as the largest drug store in Tulare county. Mr. Claubes started in business there with two clerks and one boy, an ample force for the trade. Today he has a cashier, a bookkeeper, five clerks and two boys in the drug department, besides a force of five in the lunch and refreshment department. The store is equipped in up to date fashion and is amply stocked for the general needs in that line of the trade in the fine trade area centering in Porterville.

On September 29, 1909, in San Francisco, California, Todd C. Claubes was united in marriage to Miss Christine Francis, who was born in Monterey county and who had been serving as a teacher in the schools of Porterville. They have one child, a daughter: Zoe Patricia, born in 1912. Mrs. Claubes is a past president of the locally influential Ladies Improvement Club of Porterville and has rendered effective public service as a member of the city school board. She also belongs to the Tulare County Golf and Country Club and the Monache Golf Club. Mr. Claubes is a Royal Arch and Knights Templar Mason and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, affiliated with Islam Temple at San Francisco, and is a past worshipful master of Porterville Lodge No. 303, having filled that station in 1909, in succession to his father, past worshipful master. He also is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and is a charter member of Porterville Lodge No. 1342, of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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