The date was Oct. 8, 1943, and Wallace Emmert was far from his home in Madera. He was flying a B-17 on a bombing mission to Bremen, Germany.
On Oct. 8, 1943, 10 American airmen were on their way in a B-17 to drop a dozen 500-pound bombs on the German port city of Bremen. The pilot was Maderan Wallace Emmert.
An amazing thing happened in Madera last Sunday morning. A World War II researcher from Holland came to Madera looking for Wallace Emmert.
Once upon a time, the towns of Madera and Fresno had a lot more in common than they do now. They were both founded in the 1870s, and at the time, they were both part of Fresno County.
Ben Bresee thought he had the meanest dog in town. Folks around Madera called it the homeliest hound that ever profaned civilization, but readily acknowledged it as a champion fighter.
On Saturday, April 6, 1946, Madera lost one of its most beloved, most colorful, homegrown physicians, Dr. Dow Ransom.
Long before Lucca’s Restaurant opened its doors in Madera, there was another Madera business that was also named after that well-known Italian province.