Tag Archives: History of Oxnard

The Old Place

I grew up in the Santa Clara Valley. My school years were in the 1950’s and 60’s.  Many years ago on a family outing to visit the relatives in Oxnard, my family took us to the Ventura County Courthouse. I … Continue reading

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Christmas Story by Carlos Najera

I made it to the fifth grade. It wasn’t easy. In fact I hated school. A lot of kids gave me a hard time, and many of the teachers were no better. I remembered my father telling me how important … Continue reading

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Alice by Carlos Najera

Diphtheria is a bacterial infection often affecting the membranes of your nose and throat. Symptoms include a sore throat, fever, nosebleeds, swollen glands on the throat, and weakness. The telling symptom is a sheet of thick, gray material covering the … Continue reading

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Menudo by Joseph Najera

Here is a picture of my mother’s oldest brother, Faustino Ledesma.     Faustino Ledesma 1904-1979 My mother often talked about him with a lump in her throat and a tear in her eye. My grandfather Odilon died when a wagon … Continue reading

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Point Mugu by Carlos and Joseph Najera

You have seen this place many times, I am sure. Many car commercials show this rock as a shiny new auto drives by. I have seen this rock many times in the movies. Maybe you will recognize it the next … Continue reading

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Chirula by Carlos Najera

“Last night we were out drinking . . .” Socrates once said . . . Any time a story starts out with those few words, you know it’s not going to end well.  That was Socrates Govea. He lived two … Continue reading

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Fox in the Icehouse (1930) by Carlos Najera

I was 22 years old then. There wasn’t much of a future there in Oxnard. I could work on the farms, and I did, but I was a high school graduate when most of the people in town did not finish … Continue reading

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The Black Hand by Carlos Najera

In Little Italys across the nation there grew an evil society called the Black Hand. It was a gang of Italian thugs that preyed upon their own people. They required a bounty in exchange for security. Often people’s homes or … Continue reading

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The Fields of Tulare by Joseph Najera

Dear Reader:   I started thinking about Pearl Harbour Day, that day is now becoming a faded memory, and I remembered this story. I wrote it down in free verse.   Thank you.                   … Continue reading

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Of Sheep and Men by Carlos Najera

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” You can find this inscription at the General Post Office in New York City at 8th Avenue and 33rd Street. … Continue reading

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