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 […]


The Mason Chronicles (6)

This article was published a few years ago in the Ojai Valley News. It is reprinted here with their permission. Bill Baker’s Bakery Known Near and Far for ‘Made in Ojai’ by David Mason ***** “Do not buy in Ventura or elsewhere what you can buy at Nordhoff, especially when you can get equal value […]


Ranger Bald was a man among men

The following article was printed in the Ojai Valley News probably in the 1960’s or 1970’s because that’s when the author (Ed Wenig) wrote for the newspaper. This article is reprinted here with the permission of the Ojai Valley News. Ranger Bald was a man among men An erect, elderly gentleman riding a spirited horse […]


Murky Water

Note: This article was written by Emily Thacher Ayala and first appeared in Edible Ojai, No. 22, Fall 2007. It has been slightly modified and contains additional photographs. Murky Water Until the desert knows That Water grows His sand suffice But let him once suspect That Caspian fact Sahara dies. Emily Dickenson, No. 1291 We […]