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Former Madera Mayor - Sam Price Dies at 89

Madera - Samuel Thomas Price Jr. was born on March 6, 1922 in Rotan Texas. He passed away on April 14, 2011 at the age of 89.  He spent his childhood in Merced where he graduated from Merced High School. He then moved to Texas where he began his apprenticeship as a printer.  After completing the trade school, he moved to Mariposa where he established his career as a printer at the Mariposa Gazette.  It was there that he met his wife of 68 years Lorraine Price.


Lillie Herschfelt

Lillie Herschfelt passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at the age of 98. Lillie was a native of Miles, TX and a resident of Madera, CA for 74 years. She graduated from Ballinger High School class of 1931, entered into the Tarleton Jr. College in 1932 - 1933. She then went to University of Texas where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.

Lillie came to California from Texas by train with classmates Edith Miles and Sumi Otsuki. She attended UC San Francisco, 1941-1942 and received her Bachelor's Degree in Public Health Nursing. In 1943 Lillie attended UC Berkley and graduated in 1945 with her Master's Degree.

Leoner Dasilva

Leoner "Lee" DaSilva (79) was born the second of five children to Felisberto and Maria DaSilva on May 3, 1926. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 8, 2005. Lee attended elementary school at the original Arcola School and graduated from Madera High in 1944.

Immediately upon graduation Lee entered the Navy as a Sea Bee and spent the duration of the World War II building runways and ground support facilities in China and the Philippines. After completing his military service he returned to work on the family dairy with his father and brother Robert.

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