A huge dose of community curiosity and the resourcefulness of some of Madera’s early leaders created an entertainment event 110 years ago that would have made P.T. Barnum green with envy.
Pieces of the Past
A vignette from the annals of the San Joaquin Valley by historian Bill Coate.
Although I am not anxious to go there permanently, I do love to visit Arbor Vitae Cemetery.
The farther Madera moved beyond 1950, the more modern its politics became.
When S.W. Westfall was elected to the job of sheriff, he knew that the task would not be easy.
Madera County was just about to celebrate its centennial in May 1993, when suddenly its 100th birthday party got pushed to the back burner.
Today there are more than 700 men and women on death row in California. The average wait for an execution is well over 20 years.
It has been seven years now since a group of junior high school students, their families, and this writer gathered on the lawn of Courthouse Park in Madera.