Fire control subject of controversy

The following article first appeared on Page B-4 in the Ojai Valley News on Sunday, September 23, 1979 under the “Pro & Con” section. It is reprinted here with their permission.  The photo of Cary Sterling was added to this article by the Ojai Valley Museum.   Fire control subject of controversy by Cary Sterling +our […]


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 […]


Jack Dron Tells How Crew Stayed In Face of Fire to Save His Home

This article first appeared in the September 17, 1948 edition of THE “OJAI” on page 9. It is reprinted here with the permission of the “Ojai Valley News”. The author is unknown. Jack Dron Tells How Crew Stayed In Face of Fire to Save His Home While examples of heroism in the Ojai fire are […]


NEW RULES FOR KINDERGARTEN ANNOUNCED

The following article was on page 2 of the JULY 16, 1948 edition of THE “OJAI.” It is reprinted here with the permission of the Ojai Valley News. The author is unknown. NEW RULES FOR KINDERGARTEN ANNOUNCED Enrollment in the kindergarten classes of the Nordhoff Union Elementary School district will be subject to regulations set […]


VALLEY HOMES OUT OF DANGER

The following article was on page 1 of the Friday, September 17, 1948 edition of “THE OJAI”. It is reprinted here with the permission of the “OJAI VALLEY NEWS”. The author is unknown. Outlying Mountain Areas Still Smoldering, But — VALLEY HOMES OUT OF DANGER BULLETIN — District Ranger E. M. Lyds of the U. […]


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 […]


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 . […]