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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...

 

My mother's history project

Believe it or not, I discovered a box full of things from my mother that I didn't know I had. I stuck it in my closet when I moved to Tehachapi, and assumed it contained old photos. It actually...

 

Christmas Memories

I decided this week I would not search for articles of my mother, Marion Deaver; but rather search my memories and write about Christmas at the Deaver house when I was growing up. Once, as an adult...

 

Whitehouse cookbook

Recently I noted that I have been unable to locate my mother’s original copy of the White House Cookbook, originally published in 1887. My mother’s version was revised in 1900, according to...

 

A Tehachapi pioneer

I never cease to be amazed at the things I find in closets. Recently I had a whole patio full of old timers laughing and talking and remembering. They had all come home for the weekend for the Old Tim...

 

Tehachapi Area General Plan – 1958

Conducting my usual “digging” through my mother Marion Deaver’s files, I stumbled onto an Outline of Major Assumptions, Policies and Proposals for the Tehachapi Area General Plan in 1958. In lig...

 

Friendly Tehachapi

Brochures are used to promote something, from weekend events, schools and cities. While searching through my mother Marion Deaver's files, I found some old brochures promoting Tehachapi. I think the...

 

July 4th memories

The Loop asked me to write a column on July 4th memories, so departing from my mother’s history, I am going to search my own brain. My parents brought me to the fireworks in Tehachapi each year...

 

California City, 1962

Three years into its infancy in 1962, Nat K. Mendelsohn – president of California City Development Company, and main visionary for the desert city of California City – declared that much growth...

 

Tehachapi's first 50

Most of us remember the 100th birthday of the city of Tehachapi held in 2009 in front of the steps of the present city hall complete with a jumbo-tron. But some of you have been here long enough to...

 

Run for breast cancer

This week I am departing from my usual theme of my mother Marion Deaver's articles on history. This time I am honoring some other members of my family who recently ran a half marathon to raise funds f...

 

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