The class of 1933 at Alpha School grew increasingly excited with its swiftly approaching graduation, and as was the case in most of Madera County’s country schools, the small student body was closely knit.
Pieces of the Past
A vignette from the annals of the San Joaquin Valley by historian Bill Coate.
John Barnett was one of Madera's most colorful lawmen.
Yee Chung was a troubled man in 1880. He watched with trepidation as the town of Madera grew from nothing in 1876, to a full-fledged village four years later.
Yee Chung and Man Wah Chan stood at the edge of the crowd near the Southern Pacific tracks. They had never witnessed the beginnings of a town before.
The dirt cascaded down the mine shaft with a sickening roar. Splintering, old timbers offered no resistance and became indistinguishable from the rest of the debris that filled the hole.
In 1957, Maderans had cause to stop and take stock. Fifty years earlier, in March 1907, the town became the only incorporated city in the county.
Madera’s 100th anniversary as an incorporated city is just around the corner. We will reach that centenary milestone in March 2007.