Tony Ahern was six months old when his family moved from Baker to Madras in 1963. He grew up in Madras and lived in the same house until he left for college. Upon graduation from the University of Oregon in 1986, he went to work for Eagle Newspapers Inc. Through the company, he returned to Madras in 1993 to become publisher of the Madras Pioneer, where he remains.
The Willow Creek basin that cradles Madras held four homesteads in 1902 when John Palmehn platted the town. It was initially called Palmain, an Americanized version of Palmehn, but the U.S. Postal Department denied that moniker, noting it too closely resembled Palmer, a community that has long since vanished. Debate continues …