Tag Archives: History of Oxnard

Soul Surgery by Carlos Najera

  Do you see that boy and the left?  That wasn’t me but it could have been me.  When I was a boy, my only pair of shoes had to last all year.  That was why most of the time, … Continue reading

Posted in Family History | Tagged , | 2 Comments

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars” (Matthew 24:6) by Joseph E Najera

The year was 1917.  It was a point in time when everything changed.  The world became smaller.  The United States would soon be drawn into the vortex of the early 20th century. Our country would eventually become a citizen and … Continue reading

Posted in Family History | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Never Ending Stories by Carlos Najera

In 1913 the towns of California were still very rustic. They were mostly new towns. Even the old towns like San Francisco or San Diego were still relatively young, going back to the gold rush years just sixty years earlier. … Continue reading

Posted in Family History | Tagged | Leave a comment

Spring Fever by Carlos Najera

I was five years old in 1914 when John, my stepfather, took us to visit one of the old Pochi families that he knew. They lived at a dairy ranch near Saticoy. My brother and sisters went there also. The grown-ups sat … Continue reading

Posted in Family History | Tagged , | 1 Comment

The Barnstormers by Carlos Najera

I still remember that day.  I was playing outside our house, when I heard a loud noise coming from the air. I looked up and I saw this thing flying overhead. I did not know what it was at the … Continue reading

Posted in Family History | Tagged , | 1 Comment

A Kevin Bacon Moment by Joseph E Najera

Kevin Bacon is famous for, among other things, making connections. Do you remember those commercials he made a few years ago? This is one of those kind of moments. Humour me, please.  I’ll get you there. This is a portrait … Continue reading

Posted in Family History | Tagged , | 3 Comments

The Old Wood Stove by Carlos Najera

When the weather was fair my mama cooked outside. There was an old wood stove in there. It may seem primitive by our modern standards, but that stove could cook anything. It could fry and it could bake. My mama … Continue reading

Posted in Family History | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Promenade by Carlos Najera

At first, Oxnard had very few automobiles. You already read about Luis Brenneis and the first one in town. (The Last Ride of Luis Brenneis).  The cars at that time had radiators that were made of tin and they were … Continue reading

Posted in Family History | Tagged | Leave a comment

No Reservations by Carlos Najera

    When the weather warms up in the spring and the sun seems to take forever to drop below the horizon, John would get into a happy mood and want to go visit his relatives. I said before that … Continue reading

Posted in Family History | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Affliction by Carlos and Joseph Najera

(Dear Reader: Since I wrote this a few days ago I have been hearing and seeing on the news programs alarming words about this year’s Flu season. This a quote from MSNBC: “Nationwide, the flu has spread to more than 80 percent … Continue reading

Posted in Family History | Tagged | 1 Comment