Kingsburg in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Cowan's mother received him at home, but could not stop him from collecting a shotgun and shells and leaving the house. He met a fellow named, "Larson," who had been with him in the initial altercation in the pool hall. Allegedly he threatened Larson and force him to accompany him. The two men walked to the railroad depot, where they spotted French leaning against a fence. Cowan raised the gun and fired both barrels, hitting French in the head and killing him instantly.
Cowan sent Larson home and absconded. Ensuing searches failed to find Cowan. A copy of the wanted poster issued for him can be found in
In her book, "Bit of Sweden in the Desert," Pauline Peterson Mathes, gave this account: "Thirteen years after her father's murder and the day after her mother's funeral Alice (Fred French's daughter) was sweeping the sidewalk in front of their home when and old looking, bearded man came along, tapping a cane as he walked. He asked if that was Fred French's house. She told him her father had been dead for 13 years, having been murdered in 1916. The old man then looked at her with tears streaming down his face, and said, "Oh, I'm really sorry to hear that.' He went on in the general direction of the old Cowan place. Was that old man Lew Cowan? We'll never know."
Erected by The Kingsburg Historical Society, The Larry L. Hillblom Foundation, David Meyer Project Director.
Location. 36° 30.885′ N, 119° 33.114′ W. Marker is in Kingsburg, California, in Fresno County. Marker can be reached from Draper Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in the back alleyway near the historic jail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1440 Draper Street, Kingsburg CA 93631, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George Boyle (here, next to this marker); The Historic Kingsburg Jail The History of the Town Kingsburg (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Libby, McNeill and Libby Cannery (approx. 4½ miles away); Frank Dusy (approx. 4.9 miles away); Selma (approx. 4.9 miles away); Traver (approx. 5.9 miles away); Groundwater Irrigation Beginnings (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingsburg.
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