The 1982 Senior Farmer Henry J. Bitter farmed wine and table grapes in Madera County for much of his life, but he is perhaps even better known for his service to the local farming industry and community.
Excerpts of news published in The Madera Tribune newspaper.
Farming was very much a family affair for 1993 Senior Farmer Ed Sagouspe. His career in the Ripperdan District began in 1944 with brothers Frank and Ernie.
When Madera Irrigation District made its first delivery of crop water in 1945, 1993's Senior Farmer Franklin Secara was its lone ditchtender.
Farming was in 1989 Senior Farmer Ben Coulthard’s blood. The fourth generation farmer grew up doing chores on his family farm.
Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1912, 1995 Senior Farmer Norman Dill moved to California with his family in 1919.
The 2002 Senior Farmer Oliver Espinola moved from Caruthers with wife Virgie and their five young children to begin a dairy operation in Chowchilla.
The 2000 Senior Farmer Elvin Davis bought six heifers from his former agriculture teacher with the intent to sell before it came time to milk them.