Editor’s note: Madera Tribune writer Leon Emo remains hospitalized while he recovers from an illness. His column and reporting will resume when he returns.
What’s in a name? Just ask the students at Jack G. Desmond Middle School. They know; their campus was named after a real Madera County pioneer cattleman and farmer.
Judge Conley’s Madera County courtroom held a standing-room-only crowd on Nov. 18, 1914.
Fifty years ago this morning in the Madera Tribune newsroom Barbara Brown, Tribune staff writer, was stunned by the sound of bells ringing on the paper’s United Press International teletype.
The Southern Pacific railroad tracks have always been dangerous in Madera. Beginning in 1877, scores of people have lost their lives on them — some within a few feet of the downtown depot.
Long before the town of Madera was on the map, gold — heavy, coarse gold — was discovered in abundance along a gulch in what is now Eastern Madera County.
Traveling in the foothills was never pleasant in the horse and buggy days.