It was Friday morning, and although it was cold and windy in San Quentin, Madera County Sheriff John Barnett was up early. He had a date with the hangman, for this was the day that Walter P.
In 2002, voters within the Madera Unified School District passed a school bond for the first time in its history, and four years later they did it again.
It was the middle of August, and in a few days school would begin again for Burt Hambleton and Jimmie Thurman. The summer of 1902 had been pure elixir for the pair of Madera teenagers.
This year’s Old Timers Day, with its parade and gathering in Courthouse Park, is an important piece of Madera’s past.
Bold headlines on the front page of The Madera Tribune proclaimed, “Freight Train is Wrecked at Storey Depot.” The date was Aug. 6, 1947.
Almost anyone who has visited the Madera County Courthouse Museum probably knows there has been only one legal hanging in these parts, and that was the execution of Dr. Frank O. Vincent in 1893.
Just about every community historian is always on the lookout for the “first” of everything, and this one is no exception.