Lewis Wofford sat down on the front steps of his little cabin in eastern Madera County.
It has been more than 50 years since that foggy night in Toledo, Ohio, when a Cal Poly fullback from Madera High School climbed into a twin-engine C-46 with the rest of the team.
In 1917, Herman Brammer and his son, Will, decided to expand their shoe store and build that three-story, brick building that still stands on the north side of Yosemite Avenue.
War fever swept Madera in the spring and summer of 1917. America had entered World War I, and the local boys were not going to shirk their duty, least of all Herbert Macon.
Forty years ago, toward the end of August, the Madera City Council took up the issue of “girlie” magazines at the behest of Councilman John Wells.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts.”
— Former Sen. Patrick Moynihan
Although the little country school on Avenue 7 stands empty today, there is some talk that children will once again fill its rooms and playground.