‘Tis the season for making Chumash baskets

This article first appeared in the 11/09/01 issue of the Ojai Valley News.  It is reprinted here with their permission. ‘Tis the season for making Chumash baskets by Earl Bates People native to the Ojai area had a special intimacy with the plants that perhaps is best evidenced by the baskets they made. “Baskets are […]


The story of the man who Transformed Ojai

The following article was written by Harriet Wenig for the “Ojai Valley News’s” OJAI GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY – 1921 TO 1971 celebratory booklet (page 4). It is reprinted here with the permission of the Ojai Valley News. The story of the man who transformed Ojai The post office tower, the arcade, the park with its tennis […]


Take a walk through the wooded land of Libbey Park

This article was printed in the Ojai Valley News on March 23, 2001. It is reprinted here with their permission. Take a Walk Through the Wooded Land of Libbey Park by Earl Bates Walking through Libbey Park on a recent sunny day, infused with the feeling of springtime, we began taking a closer look at […]


EARLY DAYS–Nordhoff founded dramatically

The following article was printed in the Ojai Valley News,  in 1979. It is reprinted here with their permission. EARLY DAYS—Nordhoff founded dramatically by Ed Wenig Few pioneer towns were founded so dramatically, and with so much fanfare, as was the town of Nordhoff on April 6, 1874. On that evening, R. G. Surdam, promoter-extraordinary, […]


Ojai Valley sold for 45-cents an acre

The following article was printed in the Ojai Valley News in the 1960s or 1970s, and is reprinted here with their permission. It was written by Ed Wenig. Ojai Valley sold for 45-cents an acre The entire Ojai Valley of over 17,000 acres was once an outright gift of the Mexican government to a prominent […]


There were no roads here when Ayers arrived

The following article was printed in the Ojai Valley News on Oct. 8, 1969; Page D-6.  It is reprinted here with their permission. We have made several minor adjustments to update the article. There were no roads here when Ayers arrived by Ed Wenig It is hard to visualize Robert Ayers, his wife, and their seven […]


PATH OF FLAMES MARKED BY BARE HILLS AND RUIN (ARTICLE #2)

PATH OF FLAMES MARKED BY BARE HILLS AND RUIN (ARTICLE #2) There were two articles published on the front page of THE OJAI on Friday, June 22, 1917. THE OJAI is now the Ojai Valley News. The first article was posted on OjaiHistory.com on Sept. 23, 2016 with their permission. Following is the second article, […]


PATH OF FLAMES MARKED BY BARE HILLS AND RUIN (ARTICLE #1)

PATH OF FLAMES MARKED BY BARE HILLS AND RUIN (Article #1) There were two articles published on the front page of THE OJAI on Friday, June 22, 1917. THE OJAI is now the Ojai Valley News. The first article is reprinted here with their permission. The author is unknown. The second article will be posted […]


HUNGRY FLAMES DEVASTATE VALLEY

These two articles were published on the front page of THE OJAI on Friday, June 15, 1917. THE OJAI is now the Ojai Valley News. The articles are reprinted here with their permission. The authors are unknown. HUNGRY FLAMES DEVASTATE VALLEY The devastating torch of carelessness was applied by campers in the Matilija Canyon, near […]