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 By Pat Gracey    Community    May 14, 2022 

Still surviving, my pet tree

Some years back I ordered, from a little catalog, a strip of something with inserted flower seeds. A...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    April 16, 2022

The Little Brown Church in the Dale

I have mentioned before that I originated in Mojave and only moved to Tehachapi in 1937. During my...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    April 2, 2022

Travelin' days

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

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    March 19, 2022

Meeting the hoppers

The Hoppers are not a family that moved here recently, but little hopping insects; grass hoppers and...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    March 5, 2022

Wells bells

I was fortunate to be able to grow up, during most of my childhood, in the same town with long-time...

 

Anselmo – a vaquero

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

 

Back in square nail days...those days of yore

One hundred thirty-eight years ago there was a small frame building on West F Street. A frame...

 

Christmas before Rudolph

The first time I heard about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was in 1950. My Marine husband and I...

 

The rest of the story

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

 

The lady

There hangs on my wall, among an assortment of family photos, a photo of a fine looking lady. Her...

 

A Silent Night

Father Joseph Mohr had journeyed to Oberndorf , a small town in Austria. It was his new assignment...

 

Trees of history

As a young person, when I still lived in Mojave, it was a special day when we could come to...

 

As time goes by

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

 

Happy birthday, California

When you find that someone who should remember has forgotten your birthday, you say, "Oh, don't...

 

History at a glance, part 3

This finishes off a thumbnail sketch of the happenings that I once jotted down. It's a mighty long...

 

History at a glance, part 2

I left you in the early days of the 20th Century in "nineteen 'aught' nine." That's the way the old...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    July 31, 2021

History at a glance, part 1

Sometimes it's interesting to read little timelines listing events of many years ago. I don't...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    July 17, 2021

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...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    July 3, 2021

The mountains of home

When in high school I read a poem that began, "My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    June 19, 2021

Museums are us!

The Tehachapi Heritage League has received permission to open the doors of the Museum and Errea...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    June 5, 2021

Fourth of July free barbecue!

One of my earlier memories from the 1930s was Tehachapi's 4th of July free barbecue! It was taken...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    May 22, 2021

A Nob Hill home

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

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    May 8, 2021

Riding the rails

Since the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, people have had a love affair with tr...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    April 10, 2021

Elvira

We all, on occasion, make a visit to a cemetery and in this time period we find most of them well ma...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    March 27, 2021

Eastertime then and now

The religious celebration of Easter is eternal and the reason for the commemoration of the day...

 

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