The young, petite, dark haired woman whose eyes bore the stains of lots of tears stood on the edge of the crowd at the Armory on Yosemite Avenue.
Pieces of the Past
A vignette from the annals of the San Joaquin Valley by historian Bill Coate.
Last Tuesday, members of Madera’s Noon Rotary Club celebrated their 90th birthday.
Madge Cook was born in Madera in 1904. Eightyfive years later, she made a presentation before the Madera County Historical Society in which she gave the highlights of her memories of early Madera.
It is difficult to believe that 23 years have passed since Madge Cook came to a meeting of the Madera County Historical Society and shared some of her memories of early Madera.
Throughout the history of Madera County, local law enforcement officers have put their lives on the line to protect the community, and from time to time some of them have made the supreme sacrifice.
For the first eight and a half years of Madera’s existence, she was spared the horrors of a major downtown fire. Then came 1885, and her luck ran out.
During the 33-year existence of the flume, which gave birth to Madera, more than one billion feet of lumber floated down the big trough from the mountains toward the mill near where Millview School now stand