The city of Madera has just celebrated another centennial milestone. It was 100 years ago that the very first air mail service came to town.
On April 13, 1912, a young man by the name of Glen Martin zoomed over the city and dropped a bundle of newspapers from the sky for delivery at the C.F. Preciado store on Yosemite Avenue.
For hours, Maderans had craned their necks, when suddenly the mail plane appeared out of the sky from the south. The aviator’s aim was not exactly as accurate as it was planned to be. The huge bundle of papers dropped on the lumber company yards, and the first one to reach it was Rudolph Preciado, who was in charge of paper deliveries at that time.
Over the next few years, Madera continued to receive airmail deliveries, but it wasn’t until 1938 that the authorities decided to send some...