In 1957, Maderans had cause to stop and take stock. Fifty years earlier, in March 1907, the town became the only incorporated city in the county.
Mostly excerpts of columnists published in The Madera Tribune.
Madera’s 100th anniversary as an incorporated city is just around the corner. We will reach that centenary milestone in March 2007.
It took some people in Fresno County a long time to accept Madera County as an equal. When our bold, pioneer ancestors decided to separate and form their own county, they didn't surprise anyone.
“On the anniversary of the day on which the Gentiles had defiled it, on that very day [the 25th of Kislev] it was reconsecrated with songs, harps, flutes and cymbals ...
"Though blind men see no light, the sun doth shine.
Sweet cakes are sweet, though fevered tastes deny it.
Pearls precious are, though trodden on by swine;
"Come, forsake your city street!
Come to God’s own fields and meet October.
Not the lean, unkempt and brown
Counterfeit that haunts the town..."
— T.A. Daly, “October”
"If I am right, Thy grace impart
Still in the right to stay;
If I am wrong, oh, teach my heart
To find the better way!"
— Alexander Pope, "Universal Prayer"