In the 1930s, as Imperial Japan was conquering many of their neighbors, there was something odd happening in this lovely Victorian house, which stood on Riverdale Avenue near the intersection with W. 261st Street.
This was the home of John Ousta, whose ambition was to make the U.S. independent of foreign silk, which was largely sourced from Japan. Using Riverdale’s mulberry trees as feed, he raised silk worms right here across from the College of Mount St. Vincent.
His story made national and international news. This is a feature from the Madera Tribune: