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 By Pat Gracey    Community    August 5, 2017 

Adalay Elva Johnson Bassler

Some stories begin with "Once upon a time" and that's as good a place to begin as I speak of long time Tehachapi citizen, Adalay Elva Johnson Bassler, who celebrated her 94th birthday on July 23. A...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    July 22, 2017

Remembering the day

Few would elect to be in a major disaster but if you’ve experienced one, there is a kinship with those who also shared the catastrophe that creates a lasting camaraderie. People sometimes ask,...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    July 8, 2017

Looking back – Part 2

Continuing the 85 year history of the American Legion Auxiliary: The 1930s began slipping by and it seemed that each of Roosevelt's New Deal programs all had three initials by which they were...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    June 24, 2017

Looking back

Four Score and Five years ago the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 221 was founded in the small city of Tehachapi. To set the scene I take you back to the spring of 1932. Herbert Hoover was still...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    June 10, 2017

Saint Malachy Church reaches 130 years

On June 13, of this year, 2017, St. Malachy Church will be celebrating one hundred thirty years as a parish. Long years ago on that date in 1887, a Bishop from the Monterey-Los Angeles Diocese...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    May 13, 2017

Been there, done that

Last Sunday, in church, our Pastor announced that Mother’s Day was soon to be upon us. That same day I watched a little girl with a blonde pony tail, walking in holding her mom’s hand. It...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    May 13, 2017

Old Timers' Reunion nears

The Fifty-eighth Annual Old Timers' Reunion date, August 6, is already being planned by the members of the Reunion Committee along with Ashley Krempien, Recreation Coordinator for Tehachapi...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    April 29, 2017

The Spirit of Tehachapi

In 2003 I wrote an article about a certain road, originally an old mining road in the area, and its history. Not ancient history but recent history. I chose a road that is straight as an arrow, well p...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    April 15, 2017

Honor Flight: old times remembered

A couple of weeks back the monthly Honor Flight/ Veterans’ Breakfast was held at St Malachy Church’s McMullan Hall. Some 130 veterans, family and friends spent three hours or more greeting one...

 

Memorial Day Ceremony Planned

Plans for the annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony in Philip Marx Central Park are being finalized by the local veterans organizations along with the Recreation and Parks District. The parade will...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    April 1, 2017

Fourth of July free barbecue

Some of my earlier memories from the 1930s was Tehachapi's 4th of July FREE Barbecue! It was taken for granted that everyone would be in the City Park and have a wonderful meal that included beef...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    March 18, 2017

'Neither snow, nor rain, nor gloom of night'

I travel to the Post Office mostly every day as I rent a box there. I am always greeted by wonderfully kind and courteous employees. If you are a “regular”, you are welcomed and called by name....

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    March 4, 2017

Cuddeback, the name's familiar

I grew up hearing the name, Cuddeback; that of an old Tehachapi pioneer family. As a child I knew only one person by that name. Recently, the local Museum assembled a historical display of the...

 

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...

 

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