What’s in a name? Just ask the students at Jack G. Desmond Middle School. They know; their campus was named after a real Madera County pioneer cattleman and farmer.
Anyone who has been in the office of Desmond Middle School has seen the huge display on the wall. At the top is a portrait of Jack Desmond, and below him is a veritable museum of Desmond memorabilia.
There are photographs, letters, and cards. There are even some century-old branding irons. It is one of the finest collections of pioneer history around.
The other day, I noticed some of the students looking at the Desmond display, and I stifled the urge to ask them how much they knew about Jack G. Desmond. Did they know he was the great-grandson of Henry Clay Daulton, one of the founding fathers of Madera County? Did they know his mother, Lucille Desmond, was one of Madera’s most noted educators. Did they know his grandfather was gored to death by a bull? ...