Tag Archives: History of Oxnard

Girl Trouble by Carlos Najera

The days at Haydock School passed with daily scoldings. I sat there each and every one of those days in complete ignorance of what was going on or what was being said by the teacher.  No one else tried to … Continue reading

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Haydock School by Carlos Najera

1916. The new school year was starting. “¡Yo no quiero ir! I don’t want to go!” I cried. “You have to.” My mama told me. “Look at you.  You are all dressed up.  We worked all summer so you can … Continue reading

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Working the Pits by Carlos Najera

Valley of Heart’s Delight was the nickname the local promoters liked to use for the Santa Clara Valley. Now it is known as Silicon Valley. Among the towns here are San Jose, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Palo Alto. They were separate … Continue reading

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Bible School by Carlos Najera

(courtesy of the Oxnard Public Library) There was a Baptist Church in the neighborhood.    Every summer the preacher would round up us children and take us to their church.   The teachers there told us about the Bible and God and Jesus and … Continue reading

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The House on C Street by Joseph Edward Najera

It is the same color. From the time my memory began, the old house looks the same. The library, Plaza, and the business district are just a few blocks to the right. The Santa Clara Church is a few blocks … Continue reading

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La Casita by Carlos Najera

Living conditions in Oxnard were beginning to get modernized.   Most of the houses had outhouses and very few had bathrooms with running water and toilets. Our house had a wooden sink in the kitchen with wooden sewer pipes going out to … Continue reading

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A Rare Breed by Carlos and Joseph Najera

This is no ordinary horse.  In fact it is a rare breed.  Only a small number of these horses exist.  Most white horses are born gray and through time they turn white.  These horses are special in that they are … Continue reading

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October Bowls by Carlos Najera

(That’s me on the left at age 20, next to my mama and sister Natalia. Bobby, my older brother, is next to John. Frank and Henry are in the front.)    The mornings were getting cold. John and Bobby always … Continue reading

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The Blood of Kings by Carlos and Joseph Najera

  My mother married again in 1915. She married a Pochi. His name was  Juan María Olivas. He descended from one of the original Spanish-speaking families of California.  His name was Don Raimundo Olivas and in 1841 he received a land grant … Continue reading

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Extra! Extra! by Carlos Najera

 At the grocery store, pork chops cost $.21 a pound;  bacon cost $.32 a pound; a quart of milk cost $.10; a pound of butter cost $.42; eggs were $.23 a dozen; flour cost $.03 a pound; sugar was $.05 … Continue reading

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