Articles written by Pat Gracey

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 By Pat Gracey    Community    April 13, 2024 

Anselmo – a vaquero

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

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    March 30, 2024

The C-130

Once again I will include a little episode from my husband's Marine Corps. 30-year career; a little...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    March 2, 2024

It takes a heap o' livin'

In 1933, during one of the worst periods of the great depression, my parents found themselves...

 

Fred and the 'Duke'

Sometimes when reliving memories of years past I think of something that is just too good to keep...

 

A 'Nob Hill' home

Even though the pictured home was destroyed by the 1952 earthquake, at one time in the 1890s, it...

 

Kathryn Chwaz greets 106th birthday

On Jan. 15, 1918, a cold, winter day in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Kathryn Pointek (Chwaz) first...

 

'Do gooders' are everywhere

Sitting around with family a few months ago, we began sharing stories, as families do, laughing at...

 

Christmas in Korea

I had been married to my Marine a whopping 17 months when he received orders in 1951 that he would...

 

I miss Popeye

When I was a child of 5 or so, our family had to drive from Mojave to Lancaster to see a movie....

 

Ghosts of Thanksgivings past

"Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go. The horse knows the way to...

 

A joke always helps

Some years ago I was asked by The Friends of the Depot to speak at one of their meetings about my...

 

As time goes by

I remember one Dec. 31, 2016, New Year's Eve. Father Time, old 2016, made an effort to throw the wea...

 

Recalling the date – California, the Golden State

We are happy to celebrate our country's birthday and we do a fine job on July 4th in saluting the...

 

Remembering the day

Few would elect to be in a major disaster, but if you've experienced one, there is a kinship with...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    August 5, 2023

Gold fever

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

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    July 22, 2023

The Stradivarius

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

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    June 24, 2023

The rest of the story

There used to be a radio program whose host gave news as it was supposed to have happened. After...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    May 27, 2023

St. Malachy's welcomes Fr. Gregory Beaumont

Arriving in Tehachapi in mid-December for his duties as pastor of Saint Malachy Catholic Church,...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    May 13, 2023

She knew Pancho Villa

Isabel Cortez Cervantes was a well known and respected citizen of this community until her death in...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    April 29, 2023

Hear that whistle blow

A trip down hill from the Tehachapi Mountains, in the early days by wagon or buggy, was something...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    April 15, 2023

Hot Off the Press! TN 1920

While doing some research at Beale Library back in 1987, a mere 27 years ago, I could not resist...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    March 18, 2023

It takes a heap o' livin'

In 1933, during one of the worst periods of the great depression, my parents found themselves...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    March 4, 2023

I can see Black Mountain

One always wonders how mountains get their names. As a child we called Black Mountain the "Indian...

 

Artillery Diplomacy

Once in a while I like to include one of my husband’s “Tales of the Old Corps.” This one is just...

 

My friend, the pine tree

I have often written about My Pet Tree in the backyard of my home. I had grown it from a tiny...

 

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