Copperopolis in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Barb Wire Jim was born in nearby Salt Springs Valley in 1879, having been midwifed by Madame Felix herself. In 1909, Jim married one of his operators, Laura Hazelquist. Barb Wire Jim died in 1936. His wife ran the company until she was succeeded by their only child, Howard. The company is now run by Barb Wire Jim’s grandson, also Jim, but not “Barb Wire.”
Erected 1999 by Matuca Chapter No.1849, E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
Location. 37° 58.702′ N, 120° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 513 Main Street, Copperopolis CA 95228, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Copperopolis (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Corner Saloon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Copperopolis (about 500 feet away); Congregational Church (about 500 feet away); Copperopolis Historical Plaza (approx. 0.2 miles away); Copperopolis Armory (approx. ¼ mile away); Thomas McCarty (approx. ¼ mile away); Copperopolis Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Copperopolis.
Also see . . . A Short History of the Calaveras Telephone Company. (Submitted on June 9, 2009.)
1. Madam Felix
Josephine Felix was a rancher and way station operator, offering travelers in the area a place to rest and get supplies. Josephine also performed the duties of midwife for birthing mothers.
— Submitted June 8, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2017. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,515 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on July 30, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos: 1. submitted on June 8, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 2. submitted on June 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.