Charming country school a page out of the past

The following article first appeared on Page A-4 of the Sunday, December 7, 1969 edition of The Ojai Valley News. It is reprinted here with their permission. Charming country school a page out of the past by Fred Volz Once-upon-a-time there was this charming English cottage-style elementary school nestled securely under giant oaks. Four spacious […]


Before “The Fringe” (And After)

When Britain’s legendary Satire Boom took off in the early 1960s, Ojai’s Peter Bellwood was right in the thick of it, hopping on one leg. (From The Ojai Quarterly, Spring 2018) By Mark Lewis MANY people in Ojai are fans of the popular Netflix series “The Crown,” but few feel a personal connection to its […]


Ojai’s first newspaper proclaims high hopes for the future of valley

The following article first appeared in the March 18, 1970 edition of the Ojai Valley News in the “Ojai Yesterdays” section. The article is reprinted here with the permission of the Ojai Valley News. Ojai’s first newspaper proclaims high hopes for the future of valley by Ed Wenig “THE OJAI makes its first appearance . […]


Don’t ruin the grass at Zaidee Soule’s farm

This article was first run in the Wednesday, February 8, 1978 edition of the Ojai Valley News on Page A-12 under “Out of Bounds”. It is reprinted here with their permission.  The photo of Zaidee Soule and its caption were added by the Ojai Valley Museum.     Don’t ruin the grass on Zaidee Soule’s farm […]


Sarzottis’ route to Ojai passed through Ellis Island

This article first appeared in the October 7, 2005 edition of the Ojai Valley News under the author’s “SOCIAL CLIMATE” column. The article is reprinted here with the permission of the Ojai Valley News.  Photos were added by the Ojai Valley Museum. Sarzottis’ route to Ojai passed through Ellis Island by David Mason The German […]


Reminiscences of Early Ojai (No. 7)

The following article was written by Howard Bald and appeared in the December 6, 1972 edition of the Ojai Valley News. It is reprinted here with their permission. Bald titled his many articles with the same title. So, this article has “(No. 7)” added by the Ojai Valley Museum.  All photos have been added by […]


Just sniff the valley’s air to detect crisis

The following article appeared in the Wednesday, February 15, 1989 Edition of the Ojai Valley News on Page A-10. It is reprinted here with their permission.  Photos were added by the Ojai Valley Museum.   Just sniff the valley’s air to detect crisis by Bob Bryan Special to the News Emperor Hirohito of Japan was coming to visit […]


Mother Dies, Family Critically Hurt In Holiday Accident

The following article appeared on the front page of the Thursday, January 7, 1954 edition of “THE OJAI” which is now called the “Ojai Valley News”. It is reprinted here with their permission. The author is unknown. Photos have been added by the Ojai Valley Museum. Mother Dies, Family Critically Hurt In Holiday Accident Still […]


Lighting the Way

The following article was written by Bret Bradigan.  It appeared in the Ojai Valley News on Dec. 23, 2005.  It is reprinted here with the permission of the Ojai Valley News. Lighting the Way We live in an age of free-floating anxiety, bombarded with messages of fear and suspicion, of self-loathing and hatred. The world […]