Yee Chung was a troubled man in 1880. He watched with trepidation as the town of Madera grew from nothing in 1876, to a full-fledged village four years later.
Mostly excerpts of columnists published in The Madera Tribune.
Yee Chung and Man Wah Chan stood at the edge of the crowd near the Southern Pacific tracks. They had never witnessed the beginnings of a town before.
The dirt cascaded down the mine shaft with a sickening roar. Splintering, old timbers offered no resistance and became indistinguishable from the rest of the debris that filled the hole.
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.
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 ...