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.
Up in Coarsegold, not far from the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino, lived a grand young lady who, at the time I interviewed her in 2003, had reached the age of 96.
I was drawn to an article in Tuesday’s Tribune about Lois Murray Richardson, who celebrated her 99th birthday on Nov. 21.