Description: Seventeen years prior to the formation of Madera County, the California Lumber Company built a log flume to carry lumber from its lumber operations in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Central Pacific Railroad, located in Madera. Thus, when the County was organized in 1893, it was appropriately named Madera, which is the Spanish term for wood. The granite jail was built in 1876 and was the one of the oldest jails in California when torn down (ca. 1990). During the time in which these records were kept, John H. Barnett was Sheriff. For seven years, Mr. Barnett served as City Marshal for Madera, then for two consecutive four year terms, he served as Sheriff. Regarding Mr. Barnett's record as Sheriff, it was reflected that the perpetrator of every murder committed in Madera County during his service was captured.
The scrapbook contains 510 pages and is comprised of mainly misdemeanor Reward, Lost and Found and Missing notices from counties located throughout California.