Every time I drive past the old Borden Chinese cemetery on Avenue 12, I think of Man Wah Chan. He was buried there in 1890, but it took a while for his dust to settle peacefully.
As Maderans neared the end of the 1920s, they were full of optimism.
“Burned to death in his restaurant which was entirely destroyed by fire.” So reads the death certificate of Sing Wah.
Somewhere out near Buchanan Dam lie the remains of Louis Roberti.
Evening had come, supper was done, and it was time to turn in. W.B. Thurman and his wife, Georgia went upstairs to their bedroom in their house on North C Street.
The very first stagecoach from Madera to the mountains set out on May 4, 1879, transporting tourists to Yosemite. On its way, the stage had to stop in Fresno Flats (present day Oakhurst).
At least two things survive as turning keys to understanding the life of Madera County founding father, George Washington Mordecai.