Biography of Harold A. Cole
Tulare County, CA Biographies





Harold A. Cole, who for years has been recognized as the leading teacher of the practice and theory of music in Tulare county, with studio in Porterville, is a native of the old Pine Tree state but is a resident of California by choice and inclination. He was born in Hallowell, a delightful suburb of the city of Augusta, capital of the state of Maine, December 19, 1876, and was reared there amid a fine social environment. Musically inclined from the days of his boyhood, he pursued preparatory studies in music in Hallowell and in Augusta and became a recognized figure in musical circles in the capital, a church organist and a welcome participant in the best of the local musical performances. He early gave his serious attention to the study of the theory of music and harmony and became a teacher in his home town, later pursuing his studies in the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and in 1907 was graduated from that institution, and for some time was a resident of that city, serving there as organist in the First Unity church and in the Bethany Baptist church.

Mr. Cole's departure from the east came when he responded to a call to take a position as instructor in the conservatory of music of Millikin University at Decatur, Illinois. There he was thus engaged, teacher of pipe organ and the history and theory of music, at the same time serving as organist in one of that city's leading churches, until the summer of 1912, when during a vacation trip into this section of California he became so deeply and definitely attracted to the situation of things in this wonderful valley that he decided to cast in his lot definitely with the people of California. With that end in view he closed out his eastern connections and opened a music studio in Porterville. From the beginning of his residence here Mr. Cole's impress upon local musical circles and upon the general cultural life of the community has been unmistakable, and it is freely acknowledged that he has been an intelligent and influential factor in the promotion of a better understanding of music here within the general sphere of his activities as a teacher. For some time Mr. Cole also maintained a part time studio in Visalia, and for five years rendered service as organist for the Porterville Congregational church, but of recent years his classes have grown to such proportions that he has been compelled to devote his whole time to his Porterville pupils.

Not only as a music master, a teacher with a rare understanding and a sympathetic appreciation of the needs of his pupils, has Mr. Cole become widely recognized throughout this section of California, but as a composer he has attained an even wider recognition, some of his songs and piano compositions having attracted the appreciative attention of music critics generally, and he has a definite place in the musical circles of the coast country. Mr. Cole has an admirably appointed studio at No. 732 East Putnam street and is a helpful participant in the city's general social activities. He is a charter member of the Porterville Rotary Club, is a member of the Masonic order, affiliated with Porterville Lodge No. 303, F. & A. M., and is also a member of Porterville Lodge No. 1342, 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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