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 By Susan Wiggins    Community    August 5, 2017 

Gossip Rock

I have a confession to make. Either I am getting old(er) or I have been writing this column way too long – or both! When I began this venture, it did not occur to me that I should devise a plan to...

 

Mojave's Poole Building

This is the third and probably the last of the historical collaborations between my brother Bill Deaver and me to write our columns. Bill did most of the writing on this one; however I provided the...

 

GAVEA in Mojave

The Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance held its quarterly meeting in Mojave recently so its members could get a current look at what is happening in East Kern County. In addition to reports giv...

 

No shooting - or not

Gun control – or not – has been a topic for the ages. In the late 1960s the East Kern area of the Mojave Desert was an area subjected to illegal shooting. Earlier in the decade was a period when s...

 

Nothing new under the sun

“The more things change, the more they remain the same…” There are all sorts of sayings that confirm that though things seem to change and fads come and go, basics remain the same. In searching...

 

Rosamond schools, education in 1955

In 1955 the Southern Kern County Union School District proudly announced that it had completed additions to its school and would dedicate its new buildings April 30, 1955. The additions included a...

 

The desert, the new frontier in 1956

I found an article of my mom, Marion Deaver that she wrote in 1956. I know that because she actually wrote the year on it! If you read my column regularly you know I am always complaining and trying...

 

Oroville Dam and East Kern

When everything about the Oroville Dam and Lake in Northern California started to go to “hell in a hand basket” two weeks ago, I remembered that my mom Marion Deaver rode on a train to that area...

 

Me and the Mule

I was searching through my mother Marion Deaver’s files, trying to find something to write about. Those of you who read my column know the drill – I dig, I find a nugget, and I get on with...

 

'Be Kind' initiative

This time I am straying from my mother Marion Deaver's history articles to explain something I have decided to do. Over the New Year weekend I was bored, so I decided I was going to read the entire...

 

Birth of a dream

You all know the drill –I scrounge through my mom Marion Deaver's stuff and I find something of hers to write about in this column. Sometimes it can be a little more complicated than that. I found...

 

Native Americans of East Kern

My mother Marion Deaver loved being a member of the Kern Antelope Historical Society and she made sure that she, my dad Paul, my brother Bill and I were all charter members of the group. The meetings...

 

East Kern weather

Fall has arrived in all of Eastern Kern and of course Tehachapi, where the morning temperatures are a bit cooler than say, Ridgecrest. I was looking for stories about weather and actually found two...

 

Rosamond history

I found a file marked Rosamond history that was marked in my mother Marion Deaver’s handwriting and it was a sort of mishmash of articles and handwritten notes. One article was written by Glenn Sett...

 

From the Mayor

As most of you have noticed, it’s election season, which is hard to avoid unless you live on a deserted island. As with most campaigns, those who are running want to be elected to the office which...

 

Railroad memories

Those of you who read my column know I almost always write a piece from my Mother Marion Deaver's "archives" digging through her old files to find some subject to which I can give new life. Last week...

 

Cantil Sewage Dump?

I found a file belonging to my mother Marion Deaver about a story that I had never seen or heard of before. My brother Bill Deaver remembered it, and why it did not happen. It seems that two members...

 

Rosamond Review – Part 2

In my last column I discussed the news reported in a Rosamond Review from 1959 that I found in my mother, Marion Deaver’s files. This week I want to “review” the many ads that appeared in this...

 

Rosamond Review

This week I decided to write about Rosamond and I found a Progress Edition from the 1959 Rosamond Review when digging through my mother Marion Deaver’s files. This big edition, published January 8,...

 

Tehachapi Water Woes – 1968

I found an article my mother Marion Deaver written about water in Tehachapi in 1968 and which was discussed by the city council during a special meeting. The city engineer, whose name was only listed...

 

Mojave Unified Fire Insurance

I find the strangest things when going through my mother Marion Deaver’s files. This week I found an appraisal listing the values of all the schools within the district May 15, 1964, for the...

 

Tehachapi's Seed Crop

This week I found an article in a 1957 copy of the Tehachapi News that had reprinted an article from the Fresno Bee in my mom’s files. The article was written by Leo Dollar, following a tour he took of the Tehachapi Valley’s seed industry. At...

 

Garlock Memories

It always amazes me, when I think I have exhausted all of the files of my mother Marion Deaver, I find something new. Yesterday I was searching through the file drawer and found a file that I had...

 

A Page of History

Last column’s topic was Mojave Airport as of 1986. We noted how the Space Port, as it is now called, has grown considerably since then. I promised I would write about “another view” of Mojave,...

 

Mojave Airport – 1986

It was time to paint my office at home since it had never been painted in the time I have lived there. This required me to go through old totes of photos, etc. that were above the closet that had not...

 

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