It was approaching midnight as the seven teenagers gazed wistfully up at the ceiling of their second story cell in the Madera County Jail.
One hundred sixty two years have passed since the foothills were set aflame with the fires of vengeance by the murder of 3 men on the Fresno River, and a posse of 74 men set out to exact the proverbial pound
During the 1930s and 1940s, Charlie Low’s Forbidden City was in its heyday.
Editor’s note: This article is based on “Dr. Joseph Borden: Madera Pioneer,” researched and written by Gwynn Harris and her fifth grade class at Sierra View School (Chawanakee School District).
One year after Madera County separated from Fresno County, Charles Leggett moved his family from Merced to Madera. The new county seat looked promising to this enterprising pioneer, and indeed it was.
Judge Alec Brown passed away a few weeks ago. I was shocked, although I am not sure why; he was 93 years old. Perhaps it is because he seemed indestructible to me.
Every time I drive past the old Borden Chinese cemetery on Avenue 12, I think of Man Wah Chan. He was buried there in 1890, but it took a while for his dust to settle peacefully.