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 By Pat Gracey    Community    May 12, 2018 

Mothers I have known

They come in all shapes, sizes and dispositions. Mothers, of course. I had half-a-dozen children and each one has always managed to make me glad, sad, proud, amazed and completely baffled at times....

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    April 28, 2018

The wind

My earliest childhood memories are of my lying in bed listening to the Mojave wind hitting the house. That Mojave wind is stronger than our Tehachapi wind. Now, the Tehachapi wind is no slacker (breez...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    April 14, 2018

Meeting a princess

During the past sixty years or so, driving south down Highway 395 from the Bishop area, one would have noticed a steam locomotive on the west side of the main street going through Independence,...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    March 31, 2018

The Esplanade

A decade or more back, when I first saw the construction/renovation of Green St., with colorful road tiles on the intersections, newly designed street signs, and an added "first for Tehachapi," a one...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    March 3, 2018

Fred and the 'Duke'

Sometimes when reliving memories of years past I think of something that is just too good to keep to myself. My husband and his friend, Sergeant Major Frederick W. Filkins, were what you would call...

 

Air mail, special delivery

It was a sunny day on May 19, 1938 when my eldest brother, Everett Davis, drove my sister, Evelyn, my brother Buster and myself to the local airport in my father's 1928 Hupmobile. I had asked to go...

 

Two Year Anniversary for Veteran's Breakfast

Laughter is the main ingredient at the monthly Honor Flight/Veterans' Breakfast at St. Malachy's Hall. It's fun to reminisce and tell experiences from Uncle Sam's military service. "I look forward to...

 

A castle in the mountains

I was reading a portion of an old news article the other day that sounded like an advertisement for a great place to go. A good vacation spot or perhaps a girls' college with great dorms. "Each cottag...

 

Weather? What kind?

I often hear people say, "It's never been this hot before!" Later, "It's never been this cold before!" Don't forget to mention, "We've never had such a dry year before!" or "We've never had this much...

 

Home on Curry Street shares memories

I am a vintage Victorian style house on the corner of F and Curry Streets and have stood observing the residents of Tehachapi since the 1880s. Only three families have owned me through my 137 year...

 

White Christmas? Maybe.

My memories of a white Christmas in Tehachapi are scarce although last year our diaries may have listed, "snow on Christmas Eve." Usually the weather is cold, crisp and clear. That was always a plus...

 

A few years ago

The Opera House, an early Tehachapi building, was located on F Street where the College Community Health Clinic building now stands (113 East F St.), next to the little yogurt shop. It was a focal...

 

A man to remember

When I occasionally travel Willow Springs Road towards Rosamond and Lancaster, I pass Truman Road and Hamilton Road. For years I have told anyone who would listen that the two roads do not stand for...

 

The scar on the Mountain

My brother, just four years older than I, considered himself an "information, please" person from which I could gain facts and bits of history. One day when I was about nine, I asked him what made...

 

We were a tank town!

I just ran onto a photo of our community water tank from years past; the caption at the bottom says, circa 1914. Circa is a way of saying "about" or "approximately" or "darned if I know!" Close...

 

U.S. Highway 466 – Where are you?

Years ago U.S. Highway 466 came directly through Tehachapi. Trucks rumbled by and auto traffic on the way to Bakersfield and parts north passed through town. Many stopped to stretch their legs and...

 

Those Valleys of home

The Tehachapi, Brite's and Cummings Valleys are all sheltered with surrounding mountains which seem to protect us from the sweltering desert on one side and the heat from the great San Joaquin Valley...

 

Teakettle tea

As children, my sister and I used to have tea parties. It was usually just the two of us but occasionally my brother, Buster Davis, four years my senior, would sometimes join us. His real name is...

 

Old Timers 'Unite!'

Quite often I encounter someone who greets me with, "Hello there, young lady!" They're just being kind for, unless their eyesight is nearly gone, they can see the wrinkles that disqualify me as a youn...

 
 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...

 

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