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 By Pat Gracey    Community    August 17, 2019 

Next time try the train

A few weeks back I was asked to speak to a crowd at the Friends of the Depot meeting. They wanted me...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    August 3, 2019

Over the picket fence

When I was no more than 12, in 1940, I used to spend some time in the afternoons sitting on the...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    July 20, 2019

A man to remember

When I occasionally travel Willow Springs Road toward Rosamond and Lancaster, I pass Truman Road...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    July 6, 2019

Anselmo – a Vaquero – a man

In the early 1800s, the entire San Joaquin Valley of Central California was populated by the Native...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    June 22, 2019

Harry Truman drops in for a visit

It was a sunny day in the fall of 1948 in Tehachapi and I was fairly new at my job in the Bank of Te...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    June 8, 2019

A new look

While the City of Tehachapi was watching the country attempting to pull itself from the Great...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    May 25, 2019

The Stradivarius

People tell me that they like to hear some of my husband's old Marine Corps tales. I always enjoyed...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    May 11, 2019

Swappin' stories

It's been three-and-one-half years since Pam and Tom Stenson initiated the Veterans Breakfast here...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    April 27, 2019

Only a bootlegger's daughter

A few weeks ago I wrote of the Mojave Gold Rush and the discovery of the Golden Queen Mine that...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    April 13, 2019

Forever Joan

Way back in 2011, the latest news was the BeeKay Theatre mural taking place in the form of a line...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    March 16, 2019

Gold fever

Mt. Soledad, a mauve colored sentinel, whose pock marked sides show the effects of many years of...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    March 2, 2019

Beth and Tony Anthony

Sometimes when writing about people I find myself including little vignettes from their past;...

 

Sally Lange Errecart – Born here, raised here, still here

I used to see Sally Lange in her father's shop on Green Street. It was called Lange's Radio and Elec...

 

Travelin' days

In 1950, when I began living in the Southland, it was, and still is, 200-miles from Oceanside,...

 

Margie and Kelcy

Taking another look at the BeeKay Mural one may see Margie and Kelcy Owens, two citizens who...

 

A dog's best friend is those who love them

Everyone has a dog story. Those animals whose main concern is the person who owns them. Their love...

 

Those darned bubble lights

In 1950, when my husband and I were newlyweds, we decorated our first Christmas tree. Since his Mari...

 

A family affair

A group on the BeeKay Theatre mural shows us three generations looking quite happy as they stand in...

 

The story of Mildred and Bud Cummings

Standing fourth in line in the BeeKay Theatre Mural one will see two more "old timers," Mildred and...

 

A wartime love story

Continuing a look at the BeeKay Theatre Mural, we skip down several folk to a U.S. Marine and his pr...

 

Baumgart, Kanstein and The Beekay Mural

The year was 1936. Green Street had just been paved for the first time. We had 15.68 inches of rain...

 

The Golden State

Each Sept. 9, I often remind people that it is the anniversary of the State of California's...

 

'Dead Man's Curve'

Years ago when one traveled to Bakersfield over U.S. Highway 466, it involved going down what is...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    August 4, 2018

Because it's there

I have heard or maybe read that when asking folk who climb mountains why they do it, they sometimes...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    July 21, 2018

If you've never lived in a Quonset hut

My first experience living in a Quonset hut was, as a bride, in 1950. The tunnel-like buildings...

 

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