For the first 18 years of its existence as an incorporated city, Madera’s political machinery ran for the most part without rancor or hard feelings.
It was a proud moment for Grover Mitchell when he joined the growing number of Maderans who had switched from a horse and buggy to the horseless carriage.
A huge dose of community curiosity, plus the resourcefulness of some of Madera’s early leaders, created an entertainment event 112 years ago that would have made P.T. Barnum turn green with envy.
The Farnesi family had just gone to bed in the living quarters behind their combination restaurant/gas station on old Highway 99 when they heard a rap on the door.
It is a well-known fact that lumber played a pivotal role in the creation and growth of Madera County.
“I guess the doggone dogs were too well trained...they took my instructions literally, and being just dogs, bored in without discrimination.”
By now, I suppose everybody has heard all they want to hear about the pillaging protesters in Ferguson.