For the first eight and one-half years of Madera’s existence, she was spared the horrors of a major downtown fire. Then came 1885, and her luck ran out.
In November of 1884, Grover Cleveland was elected to the presidency of the United States, the first Democrat to be so honored since 1856, and his party was jubilant.
It was Sunday, and Maderans living near the Courthouse Park were enjoying a sunny May morning.
The Madera teenager saddled his horse, mounted it and prepared to make his usual trek to Arcola School. He didn’t live far away ... just up Avenue 12 a ways, so it wasn’t as if he was crossing the plains.
[Editor’s note: In 1953, The Madera Tribune published an article written by Madera County’s third sheriff, William B. Thurman. He was the son of William H.
(Editor’s note: In 1953, The Madera Tribune published an article written by Madera County’s third sheriff, William B. Thurman who was the son of William H.
A million acres of land with a million head of cattle — that’s what constituted a major portion of the estate of cattle baron, Henry Miller. It drew thousands of immigrants to his California fiefdom.