THE THACHER SCHOOL

The following story is from Walter W. Bristol’s 1946 book, “THE STORY OF THE OJAI VALLEY”. Therefore, it is assumed that Bristol is the author. THE THACHER SCHOOL By Walter W. Bristol This famous school began in 1889 under the direction of Sherman D. Thacher. The location of the school is fortunate—far enough from the […]


WHAT’S NEW DOWNTOWN?

The following story was printed in the book “Portrait of a Community (Ojai – Yesterdays and Todays)” by Ellen Malino James in 1984. It is reprinted here with the permission of  publisher Ojai Valley News. WHAT’S NEW DOWNTOWN [in 1984]? By Ellen Malino James When Edward Drummond Libbey started the Arcade in 1917, he agreed to […]


PUBLIC SECONDARY

The following story is from Walter Bristol’s 1946 book, “THE STORY OF THE OJAI VALLEY.” It is assumed that Walter Bristol is the author. PUBLIC SECONDARY In 1909 a Union High School District was formed. The first trustees were Sherman D. Thacher, Joseph Hobart, Dr. B. L. Saeger, F. H. Sheldon and F. P. Barrows. […]


Matilija Hot Springs has Colorful History

This article was first published in the Ojai Valley News on October 22, 1994. It is used here with their permission.  MATILIJA HOT SPRINGS HAS COLORFUL HISTORY By David Mason “Matilija Hot Springs has had its grand opening for another season. The resort features a first class dining room, hot sulfur baths, medicinal waters, no […]


EL RANCHO COLA

This article was run in VOL. IV (circa 1953-1954) of “’round the clock” published by R. W. Bressler. It is assumed R. W. Bressler is the article’s author. EL RANCHO COLA El Rancho Cola Country Club – garden spot of California: Nature has been generous in fashioning the rolling terrain of our 2,075 acres dotted […]


Public Elementary

The following story was taken from W. W. Bristol’s 1946 book titled, “The Story of THE OJAI VALLEY – An Intimate Account.” It was printed by The Ojai Publishing Co., Ojai, California. There’s a section in the book called, “THE SCHOOLS” under which this story was included. PUBLIC ELEMENTARY by W. W. Bristol One of […]


Library was the Focus of Community 100 Years Ago

This article first appeared in the Ojai Valley News on April 9, 1999. It is reprinted here with their permission. Library was the focus of the community 100 years ago by David Mason “Ventura house-mover John Brahey is busy moving the Nordhoff Library onto the library (owned) lot south of the present location.” — Ventura […]


Orchid Town was an attraction in the ’40s and ’50s

This article was written for an appeared in the Ojai Valley News on June 11, 1999.  It is reprinted here with their permission. Orchid Town was an attraction in the ’40s and ’50s by David Mason “Gardening is one of the best things in the world to make you forget your troubles, so as you […]


Skinniest Raccoon Ever: Reality or Ojai Legend?

This article was published in the Ojai Valley News on March 19, 2003. It is reprinted here with their permission. Skinniest Raccoon Ever: Reality or Ojai Legend? by Earl Bates A few Ojai residents say they have seen the elusive “skinny raccoon,” but many people are skeptical about its existence. “I have talked with people […]