The Madera County Historian, Volume 1, Issue 2

The Madera County Historian documents the history of Madera County and was published by the Madera Historical Society beginning in 1961. This is issue 2 of the first volume, and totaled 4 pages.

This issue starts with an article written by the President of the Madera County Historical Society, Nathan C. Sweet. Nathan examines an original Time Book from the E.W. Chapman Ranch situated just outside Madera, California which covered the years of 1876-1878. He describes various facts he can elicit from it, such as the wages in 1876 for the farm hands, a description of grain raising at that time, and how straw was used for fuel. Arch Westfall gives a brief accounting of his father Fremont Westfall, and mother, Isabelle Smither, arrival and settlement in Madera County in 1895. Finally, Muriel W. Sweet describes an early trip her mother, Miss Annie Hoyt, made to Yosemite from Vassar College in 1872.

Table of Contents:

  • An 1876 Harvest by Nathan C. Sweet
  • History of Fremont Westfall Family by Arch Westfall
  • An Early Trip to Yosemite by Muriel W. Sweet

Digital Book:


Original: Various authors, The Madera County Historian, quarterly, Volume 1, Issue 2, April 1961; Madera California: Madera County Historical Society, 1961.
Digitization made possible by Sierra Historic Sites Association and California Revealed. Files hosted at InternetArchive.

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