The 1997 Senior Farmer Joe Galleano was born and raised on an 80-acre farm west of Howard School at Road 20 that his father and two uncles purchased in 1928. In 1949, the Galleano family grew cotton, corn, black eyed peas, potatoes, wheat, barley and oats on 3,000 acres from Firebaugh to Adobe Ranch at one time or another.
He served as the Old Timers Day float committee chairman for Madera Young Farmers in 1962 and 1963 and four years on the group’s Madera District Fair booth committee.
Galleano was a trustee on the Howard School Board, a 4-H dairy leader for 30 years and an electricity leader for 10 years. Together with Vernon Martinazzi, Galleano built the Madera Speedway at the Madera District Fairgrounds. He served as state president of California Young Farmers in 1964. For five straight years he won the organization’s California Farm Improvement Contest.
In 1967, Galleano was one of four National Junior Chamber of Commerce Agribusinessmen...