The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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December 20, 2013

Marc W. Cole 1876-1961

Medina Journal-Register — Marc W. Cole was the son of Sands Cole Jr. and Carrie Danolds Cole, who were descendants of early settlers of Eagle Harbor. He attended the Eagle Harbor rural school and Miss Foster’s Select School in Albion which was a private school. But mostly he was a self-educated man. He had an inquiring and brilliant mind which lead him to questions and search for answers through untold volumes.

Cole operated the large Danolds farm in Eagle Harbor and was one of the founders of the Albion Golf Club at Eagle Harbor in 1898. This golf club, which he and his family ran, lasted until the 1930s and is reputed to have been the third officially recognized golf club in the United States.

Cole’s first wife was Pearl Coann Curtis, who died in 1925. They had five children: Ezra, Marsha, Marc Wheeler, Fanny and Peter. Cole later married Florence Terry of Brockport by whom he had another son, Terry. Their family home was a large sprawling Colonial house with formal gardens at Eagle Harbor. It was this residence that was turned into a fine tea room known as the Four Chimneys and operated by Florence Terry Cole during the late 1920s and 1930s.

Aside from this enterprise they also made candy that was known as “King Cole Mints,” as well as another product known as “King Cole Plum Pudding.” Around 1950 Marc and Florence moved to the Barlow-Truselle house on South Clinton Street in Albion. They made their famous “King Cole Watermelon Pickles.” Through Mr. Pilato, the local fruit and vegetable man, they were able to procure melons with thick rinds for this purpose from Texas. Although they received help from many family members, this was essentially a two-person operation of peeling, preparing and canning. Neighbors will remember the abundant gifts of watermelon meat, for only the rinds were used.

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