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Fresno Flats feud went to the dogs

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When S.W. Westfall was elected to the job of sheriff, he knew that the task would not be easy. Madera County had its share of trouble makers, and it took a great deal of patience to ensure domestic tranquility in the face of the criminal element that roamed the countryside.

Occasionally, however, it wasn’t the robbers, drunks, or burglars who broke the peace. Sometimes it was the law-abiding and highly respected citizens that gave the sheriff fits. Take, for instance, that time when two of Oakhurst’s most highly thought of families almost brought tragedy to the town in what began as a simple dogfight.

We are not going to give the family names, for their descendants still reside in Madera County. We will simply refer to them by the initials of the husbands, R.W. and E.O. Readers who are interested in nailing down their identities are urged to look into the Aug. 22 issue of the Madera Tribune.

Now to the story. It should have been a pleasant evening visit. The two Oakhurst families had been friends for quite awhile; there was lots of daylight after work during the month of August, and they enjoyed each other’s company. Just after supper one evening, R.W. took his family and their Collie dog and strolled over to E.O.’s place...


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