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Maders celebrate 70th anniversary

November 20, 2015
Traer Star-Clipper

Dr. and Mrs. Robert "Bob" Madera celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Nov. 3.

The couple have three children: Mark Madera of Austin, Texas; Jean Scott of Houston, Texas; and Jill Musslewhite of Loveland, Colorado; along with six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Dr. Madera and Doris McMillan are both natives of Traer and were married Nov. 3, 1945 west of town at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.R. McMillan.

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Dr. Madera is an emeritus professor of accounting at Midwestern State University. He is a World War II Navy veteran who retired in 1988.

Mrs. Madera taught kindergarten for the Wichita Falls (TX) Independent School District until her retirement in 1988. She also served in the Nurse Cadet Program during World War II.

The couple have been members of Fain Presbyterian Church since moving to Wichita Falls from their native Traer way back in 1951.

As an interesting bit of history, the "We've cracked open the Traer Star-Clipper safe" feature on the front of this week's issue features a portion of the original wedding announcement, written by the sister of the bride, Nelle (McMillan) Erickson who was a Star-Clipper staff member at the time. He husband, John Erickson, was also a Navy veteran who served in World War II. Two of the Erickson's daughters still live in the area: Diane Kostian and Dorothy Thorne.

Bob Madera was also a Clipper employee and, like many Traer residents of a certain age, remembers fondly the days when readers would line the Winding Stairs for a 5-cent copy of the newspaper.



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