Last week we told the tale of the 1902 shooting of Raymond hotel owner, Ben Ducker, by an unidentified trooper from Company E of the 3rd U.S. Cavalry.
Ben Ducker was something of a wanderer.
Richard Curtis Jay was a remarkable person. Among his many laudable attributes was his concern for the underprivileged of Madera.
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.