Category Archives: Oxnard

The Serenade by Carlos Najera

One late afternoon Willie Vasquez, John’s brother in law, dropped by to visit us. He was one of the few people in town who owned an automobile, he had an Overland and he was very proud of it. John, among … Continue reading

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Halloween by Carlos Najera

   The first Halloween Day that I experienced was very confusing to me. The people of the town gathered around the Plaza. Everyone there was having a fun time.    Bobby took me there to see what was going on. … Continue reading

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The VCR by Carlos Najera

We had two railroads running through our County. The Southern Pacific passed through our town coming from Los Angeles on its way to San Francisco and back. It had a whistle and a Bell and a cow catcher in front. … Continue reading

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The First Families by Carlos Najera

It wasn’t the same as before, living so close to the Pacific Ocean. It never got hot here. Even warm summer days were never as hot as Ciudad Juarez or the Imperial Valley. Those warm summer days led to completely … Continue reading

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Nena the Fairy and the Blind Pigs by Carlos and Joseph Najera

Every down town block in Oxnard had two or three saloons. When Prohibition became law in 1920, bars, saloons and beer joints became illegal. That did not stop people from drinking. They just found new ways of not getting caught. … Continue reading

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Pride and Prejudice by Carlos Najera

   We moved into a town in the early 1900’s where the people, the adults and kids my age had a bad word for anyone who was not them. There was a bad word for every one in the melting … Continue reading

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Remembering Lucy Hicks

My name is Carlos Leonardo Najera de Madrid. I was born in Piedras Negras, Mexico in 1908. My father worked there for the Mexican government as post-master and Consul. He was also a professional photographer. When the Mexican Revolution began, my father and his entire … Continue reading

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