CIVIC PROGRAM

This story is from Walter W. Bristol’s 1946 book, “THE STORY OF THE OJAI VALLEY.” It is assumed Bristol authored this story. CIVIC PROGRAM by Walter W. Bristol The fist civic organization in the Ojai Valley so far, at least, as my research went, was known at the Committee of Fifteen. It was organized in […]


WATER PROJECTS

This story is in Walter W. Bristol’s 1946 book, “THE STORY OF THE OJAI VALLEY.”  It is assumed that Bristol is the author. WATER PROJECTS By Walter W. Bristol The Gridley One of the first, if not the first, efforts to get gravity water for domestic purposes was started in 1912 when O. W. Robertson, […]


Vast Reaches of Los Padres Forest Excite Visitors’ Imagination on Ranger Inspection

This article appeared in the Thursday, February 9, 1961 edition of THE OJAI PRESS which eventually became The Ojai Valley News. It is reprinted here with their permission. Vast Reaches of Los Padres Forest Excite Visitor’s Imagination on Ranger Inspection By Polly Bee Beyond our Ojai horizons are the vast and exciting lands of Los […]


Recreational Facilities

The following article was in the “Ojai Valley – California” brochure in about April of 1958. It was published by the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce. The author is unknown. Recreational Facilities One of the outstanding highlights of the year is the annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, sponsored by the Ojai Valley Tennis Association. Housing […]


SINGULAR CHARACTERS

This story came from W. W. Bristol’s book, “THE STORY OF THE OJAI VALLEY” which was published in 1946. It is assumed Bristol is the author of the story. SINGULAR CHARACTERS BY W. W. Bristol Among the early settlers in the valley were many singular characters. Of these John Montgomery wrote very entertainingly. There was […]


The Duke Comes to Ojai

The Duke Comes to Ojai Written and compiled from various sources by Tony Thacher. On a dry and dusty afternoon in late October of 1922 this unlikely pair were captured on film standing near the top of the alluvial fan emanating from Horn Canyon in the northeast corner of the Ojai Valley. Sherman Day Thacher, […]


THE SPANISH SETTLERS

The following article is from the book “Portrait of a Community –– Ojai: Yesterdays and Todays” by Ellen Malino James.  It is reprinted here with the permission of the publisher, Ojai Valley News. THE SPANISH SETTLERS By Ellen Malino James For services performed in the Buenaventura Mission, Fernando Tico obtained Rancho Ojay in 1837 as […]


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 […]