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 By Pat Gracey    Community    February 18, 2017 

Let there be light

There was a question asked of me, recently, during one of our First Friday evenings at the local Museum. The question: "When did Tehachapi first install electric lights?" The answer, of course, is...

 

Ninety-Seven and holding

“ The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities. They evolved from a group of war-weary...

 

As time goes by

On December 31, New Year’s Eve, Father Time, old 2016 , made an effort to throw the weather book at us and surely did. Starting with sunshine, then dense fog, then rain and finally snow, he went...

 

Remembering Richard (Dick) Johnson

Several hundred people gathered Dec. 30 to pay their final respects to Richard (Dick) Johnson, a dear friend and respected member of the community. His 88 years were filled with his accomplishments...

 

'Do gooders' are everywhere

Sitting around with family a few weeks ago, we began sharing stories, as families do, laughing at inside jokes which are funny only to those related, and just generally having a good time. By the...

 

In days of yore

It seems that Susan Wiggins and I have been touching on the same train of thought in our articles as of late. It’s strange for we never consult with one another about the topics we choose for our...

 

She knew Pancho Villa

Isabel Cortez Cervantes was a well known and respected citizen of this community until her death in 1991 at age eighty-seven. In 1914 when she was only eleven her father, Odilon Cortez, immigrated...

 

A small café

Sometimes a person’s memories come in snatches of information and when telling a story it’s hard to know where to begin. Occasionally someone will come into the local museum and say they have...

 

An old time Railroad Engineer

I knew one of the steam locomotive engineers whose usual run brought him from Bakersfield up and over the Loop, through the Tehachapis and down to the desert area. They called him "Olie" (O-lee) but...

 

I Love a Parade

The parade used to go down Main Street, now called Tehachapi Boulevard. I was just a kid at the time so as far as where the traffic was rerouted, I have no idea. Maybe they all stopped and watched...

 

A Step Back in Time

The beginning of a perfect day at the Old Timer’s Reunion found John Hammond, emcee, greeting everyone with, “Welcome to the ‘umpteenth’ Old Timer’s Reunion!” I cannot really recall just...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    August 6, 2016

The Beekay Theater

We’ve been hearing a lot about the BeeKay Theatre lately so I decided to add a few of my own facts. Mine are just tales that if not told would someday be forgotten. Can’t let that happen. The BeeK...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    July 23, 2016

Doctors Madge and Harold

Doctors Madge and Harold Schlotthauer came to Tehachapi in 1932 and founded the Tehachapi Hospital in 1934. At first they practiced medicine in the Asher Home on the corner of Curry and E Street but...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    July 9, 2016

The Honor Flight

Picture the end of World War II with the troops coming home. Men, and some women, mostly in their twenties and early thirties, still young and ready to pick up their lives or make a new start. Some...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    June 25, 2016

Not So Long Ago

I was just reading Jon Hammond's fine article about local man, Rufus Thomas, showing his realistic miniature reproductions of the once common oil derricks which, at one time, dotted the countryside. A...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    June 11, 2016

So Proudly We Hail

Through the years, here in town, people have been known to say, "It's never been this hot!" Then, I have heard, "It's never been this cold!" Then, of course, "It's never been this dry!" and "It's...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    May 28, 2016

The Spirit of Tehachapi

Once again I will include a little episode from my husband’s Marine Corps thirty year career; a little glimpse of life in the “old Corps,” by CWO-4 Doyle D. Gracey, Jr. USMC: I was a member of t...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    May 14, 2016

Mother's Day, Revisited

Someone said, “Why don’t you write something about Mother’s Day?” The day has already passed but that’s ok. Well, let’s see, it’s kind of nice that a woman named Ann Reeves Jarvis, back...

 

Saint Malachy parishioners welcome Father Mark Maxon

Father Mark Maxon was welcomed to St. Malachy Catholic Church on November 21 and 22 as he celebrated weekend Masses for the parish. Serving the Catholic parishioners of Tehachapi begins another chapte...

 

Pizzarami opens in Downtown

Teresa and Christopher Carlson of Papa's Pizza in Stallion Springs, worked tirelessly (in the photo to the right, you can see how we knew Christopher was making pizza) preparing a sampling of their...

 

It's all in the family

Looking back at the Ghosts of Christmas Past can rake up memories that can warm the heart and will stay with one, always. Sometimes those same memories involved adjusting to fit the plans of family me...

 

Christmas sketches

Many years ago in the early 1950s, my husband had recently returned from a year in Korea and we were getting ourselves settled in good old Government Housing. We had two children at that time; both...

 

Anselmo, a vaquero - Part II

The Tejon Rancheria was a good home for Andres Campas and his family. Anselmo and his brother, Julio, received kind care and a good education in the work of a cowboy. Fort Tejon and the Rancheria...

 

The Lebec Hotel

Some days ago the Californian featured an article about the old Ridge Route Highway that took one from the San Joaquin Valley to the L.A. area. In 1988 I had written an article about an old hotel,...

 

A work of art

Works of art are to be appreciated. I often look at paintings, quilts, ceramics and any attractive work that has been labored over and finished to perfection. It is a pleasure to admire such efforts...

 

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