It seems so far in the distant past, and yet it hasn’t really been all that long since the only method of transportation from Madera to the foothills and back was in buggies and stagecoaches or on horseback.
The train pulled into Madera, and Charles Myers melted into the crowd. Carrying one small satchel, he walked across the street to the Yosemite Hotel.
For John Wells, the journey is over. He died a few days ago at the age of 86. Since his passing, I’ve been thinking about the years we taught next door to each other at Howard School.
George Washington Mordecai was just 16 years old when the guns fell silent on Fort Sumter in April 1861.
A number of folks who are interested in the history of Madera perked up when they heard recently that Madera Unified School District is opening Eastin-Arcola School next year as a K-8 facility.
As Madera entered the 20th century, optimism in the business community ran rampant. Agriculture was on the rebound after the economic disaster of the 1890’s.
An adventurer who rode with Kit Carson, scoured the West hunting for buffalo, fought in the Mexican/American War, and mined for gold from the banks of the San Joaquin River found his permanent niche in the l