Madera County’s King and Queen for the 2012 Old Timers Day have been chosen, and on Sunday, Aug. 5, Lorraine Ocheltree and Bill Wood will be invested with their royal regalia at the coronation ceremony at Courthouse Park.
The two will comprise the centerpiece of the Madera County Historical Society’s annual ice cream social, beginning at 5 p.m. that day and will inaugurate their reign during Old Timers week.
Ocheltree’s family can be traced back to the 19th century in the early days of Berenda — or Berendo, which was its official name. Her father, Loy Cook, was born there in 1899, and was the first superintendent of Madera’s water department. Before that he worked for the police and fire departments on a rotating basis. Her mother was a member of the Crow family, being a sister to Herman Crow, which makes Lorraine a cousin to Guy Crow, one of the founders of the Madera County Historical Society.
She was born 86 years ago in the Madera Sanitarium on Yosemite Avenue, delivered by Dr. Quimby who also delivered her children...