True friends trust each other enough to share

This article first appeared in the April 27, 1988 edition of the Ojai Valley News. It is reprinted here with their permission. True friends trust each other enough to share by David Mason Silver Pen Special to the News Friends have always been an important part of my life; you can’t have too many. You […]


John Roine and the Acacia Mansion

The following is the text of a talk given by historian and author Craig Walker at the Ojai Valley Museum’s 2018 Annual Meeting at the Acacia Mansion. The Acacia Mansion was originally named Acacia Lodge. The acacia tree was a symbol of purity, renewal, and immortality. A lodge is a meeting place; it is an […]


David Mason: Linking past & Future

The following article first appeared on Page A-2 in the November 11, 1992 edition of the Ojai Valley News. It’s reprinted here with their permission. by Susan Petty David Mason: Linking Past & Future ———————– “In the middle of the Ojai Valley lies a little hamlet, which the people have been kind enough to name […]


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 […]