The Madera County Historian, Volume 2, Issue 3

The Madera County Historian documents the history of Madera County and was published by the Madera Historical Society beginning in 1961. This is issue 3 of volume 2, was published in July of 1962 and totaled 8 pages.

A visit to one or more of the four Presbyterian Missions in California is like walking back two hundred years. It is in these missions that you see, feel, and know living history because today the Padres provide a direct link with the past. And it is in these missions where you become a part of history by standing on the very spot where California was born, as these missions have been called the “birthplace of California.” This quaint opening by Doris E. Foster to her article on the First Annual California Mission Meeting of 1961. Foster provides a brief introduction to the history of the Presbyterian missions in California.

The second article is by Kenneth C. Hopper and is a personal recollection of a stage robbery he was a “victim” of as a child. It’s an interesting first hand account, though it’s told many many years after it happened and is subject to embellishment.

Table of Contents:

  • First Annual California Mission Meeting by Doris E. Foster
  • The Gentleman Stage Robber by Kenneth C. Hopper
  • President’s Report

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Original: Various authors, The Madera County Historian, quarterly, Volume 2, Issue 3, July 1962; Madera California: Madera County Historical Society, 1962.
Digitization made possible by Sierra Historic Sites Association and California Revealed. Files hosted at InternetArchive.

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