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The Flood of 1932 (part 1)

(I wrote an account of the 1932 flood over 30 years ago for the Tehachapi News. I was lucky to find...

 

Local Heritage Oak student awarded scholarship

Charlotte Wilson, a recent graduate of Heritage Oak School, was notified in June that she was the...

 

Doyle Gracey's memories of Korea

I was talking to a gentleman the other day who said he'd like to read another one of my husband's...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    August 6, 2022

Our dog, Brownie: the snake killer

If I had not read Jon Hammond's article about King snakes, I probably would not have thought about...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    July 23, 2022

We had to be polite

When I was 17 and fresh out of high school, I was hired as an operator at the local telephone...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    July 9, 2022

Still in Mojave

After checking my article in the last issue of The Loop newspaper I realized I had left out...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    June 25, 2022

What a lot to see

I miss driving but being a passenger has its perks, also. For myself, on recent trips, I could...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    June 11, 2022

You missed a good one!

"I saw you toss the kites on high and blow the birds about the sky..." That quote from Robert Louis...

 
 By Pat Gracey    Community    May 28, 2022

A man to remember

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

 
 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...

 

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