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Tehachapi Telegraph Operators

Operators kept the major tracks open between Tehachapi and Bakersfield near the turn of the century. Searching my mother Marion Deaver's history files yielded an article from August 20, 1956...

 

New Mojave gym needed

In my never-ending quest to find articles of my mother Marion Deaver to explore East Kern History, I discovered an old press release put out by the Mojave Faculty Association demanding that a study...

 

Desert water woes

Finding and maintaining water resources in the desert has always been a challenge, but in 1979 the Mojave Public Utilities District faced more than one. In the good news/bad news category, the water...

 

A Page of History

After participating in an arduous campaign for the last four months I am finally able to breathe again and get back to the things that I love to do, including writing this column about East Kern...

 

Freighting on the Desert

I found an article taken from the 1892 "Illustrated Sketches" of Death Valley by John R. Spears discussing the Twenty-Mule Team. Of course, this was from my mother Marion Deaver's extensive files of...

 

History of the AV Freeway

I found a copy of a speech delivered by California Division of Highways Edward T. Telford at a New Business Outlook luncheon in Lancaster in August 1962. The copy was discovered in my Mother Marion...

 

My friend, Ed Grimes

When Claudia White, owner of The Loop Newspaper, asked me to write my column about Mayor Ed Grimes, I knew that other columns and news stories would have already been written and published. None of...

 

Cold War school plans

In my last column I discussed how the Golden Queen Mine was designated to be used as a bomb shelter in the event of a nuclear attack in 1961. I found an article my mother Marion Deaver had saved again...

 

Golden Queen Mine Shelter

I was born in 1950. Now you can all figure out my age! I declare this to emphasize that I grew up during the Cold War after World War II. Because I lived in Mojave with a Marine Base next to me, until...

 

Tehachapi, circa 1963

The city of Tehachapi recently released its 2017 year-end report, discussing projects completed and plans for 2018 which will be completed. I found an article written by my mother Marion Deaver at...

 

Mojave look to the future – 1956

I found an old Mojave newspaper article from May 17, 1956 with a headline proclaiming "Wonder Acres Grow with Mojave Area." An adjacent photo showed a photo of a newly drilled well in Wonder Acres. I...

 

Coy Burnett Field

As usual I searched my mother Marion Deaver's files and found an article about the creation and dedication of Coy Burnett Athletic Field in Tehachapi. As usual, my mom did not have a date on the...

 

Early Muroc Memories

I have always heard the story of how Muroc got its name. The Corum family settled there and when they tried to get mail service for the area, they found that Corum was already being used by another...

 

Mojave water history

A desert community such as Mojave must have a reliable water source to survive. An article by my mother Marion Deaver details the history of the water supply for that town. Those of you who read this...

 

Searching for History

Searching for something to write a column about can be a slow process sometimes, and going through my mother Marion Deaver's files can be frustrating at best. There is tons of material there, but...

 

Mojave Airport musings

In searching my Mother Marion Deaver's files I am always amazed thinking that I am going to run out of topics, but then I come across something new. Although I began covering the Mojave Airport...

 

Historical Society History

I have written about the Kern-Antelope Historical Society meetings, field trips, and special events. While searching my mother Marion Deaver's files I found an October, 1961 quarterly bulletin which f...

 

Native American tool shop

Over the centuries some areas of East Kern have served more than one purpose. This was found to be true in 1965, when members of the Kern-Antelope Historical Society visited a site near Rosamond that...

 

X-15 record still stands

Column time – what to write, what subject? My bi-weekly dilemma as I dig through my mother Marion Deaver's files to find a gem. I had found a couple of possible subjects and was ready to compose...

 

Mojave Volunteer Fire Department

I get busy with my duties as the Mayor Pro Tem of Tehachapi and with everyday life and the next thing I know it is time for a column. I have known for a week that I had to write one, but then life hap...

 

Global Leadership Summit a winner

"As a leader, develop a grander vision for your workplace than just success." This week I am taking a right turn from writing about history to tell you about an amazing training I attended recently...

 

Gossip Rock

I have a confession to make. Either I am getting old(er) or I have been writing this column way too long – or both! When I began this venture, it did not occur to me that I should devise a plan to...

 

Mojave's Poole Building

This is the third and probably the last of the historical collaborations between my brother Bill Deaver and me to write our columns. Bill did most of the writing on this one; however I provided the...

 

GAVEA in Mojave

The Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance held its quarterly meeting in Mojave recently so its members could get a current look at what is happening in East Kern County. In addition to reports giv...

 

No shooting - or not

Gun control – or not – has been a topic for the ages. In the late 1960s the East Kern area of the Mojave Desert was an area subjected to illegal shooting. Earlier in the decade was a period when s...

 

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