The story of the Alabama Colony and its pivotal role in the formation of what is now Madera County is well known.
I always knew those Russells from Madera were pretty special people. They descended from Agusto and Mary Russell who immigrated from the Azores in 1900.
Madera has lost another link to its pioneer past. Robert C. Pitman died Saturday morning, following a short hospital stay.
On Dec. 28, 1968, movie star Barton MacClane was in St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica. He had just hung up the phone after talking to his teenage granddaughter, Ginger, who was in Madera.
In 1938, movie star Barton MacLane was introduced to the beauty of the foothills of Madera County while visiting a friend here.
Madera County has, from time to time, drawn several movie stars out of Hollywood to its hill country. Henry Fonda, John Candy and Dan Akroyd are just a few that come to mind from the past few years.
Sixteen fifth graders from Sherman Thomas Charter School hit the pioneer trail April 4 with the Madera Method Wagon Train.