For thousands of years Native Americans held a monopoly on the land that is now the San Joaquin Valley and the foothills that border it on the east
Last week we told the tale of the 1902 shooting of Raymond hotel owner, Ben Ducker, by an unidentified trooper from Company E of the 3rd U.S.
Ben Ducker was something of a wanderer.
Richard Curtis Jay was a remarkable person. Among his many laudable attributes was his concern for the underprivileged of Madera.
The story of the Alabama Colony and its pivotal role in the formation of what is now Madera County is well known.