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     Horace O. Macon is the tax collector of Madera county, and is the Nestor of county office holders, for be has held this same position since 1914. Chosen in that year, he has been elected altogether five times, the last four times without opposition.
    Mr. Macon is a native of Tennessee. He was born in Smith County in that state, March 14, 1868, the son of Daniel A. and Frances C. (Patterson) Macon. With his mother and two sisters and five brothers, he came to California in 1884 and settled at Borden, near the City of Madera, where his maternal grandfather, H. S. Patterson, was a noted resident. Mr. Patterson came to California in the Seventies, first settled at Modesto and subsequently moved to Fresno County in the district north of the San Joaquin River. For many years he was a farmer in the Arcola school district.
    Mr. Macon attended the local schools and then went to Heald ‘s business college in San Francisco. He then took up ranching on the old Patterson home place, where he resided thirty years, until appointed tax collector.
    Mr. Macon attends the Presbyterian Church, and he is also a charter member of the Lions club at Madera.
    Mrs. Macon was Ida K. Elmore, born at Salida, Stanislaus County, California. The Macons had four children. The eldest, Herbert E. Macon, was killed in action in France. He was a member of Company B of the 59th Infantry, Fourth Division, in which he ranked as corporal. The surviving children are: Viola (Mrs. Lloyd Bovini) of Long Beach, California; Lawrence, with the Pacific Telephone Company at Fresno; and Elton C. Macon, a deputy in the tax collector’s office.

From the History of Fresno and Madera Counties, 1933, Joseph Barcroft, editor for Madera County

Note: Name appears elsewhere as Horace Gideon Macon. A descendant can be contacted HERE.

Last update: May 10, 2004
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