Category Archives: California History

Don Adolfo

October 29, 1864 – December 10, 1958)     Don Adolfo Camarillo was a successful rancher, farmer, horse breeder, business man, philanthropist. I wrote about his famous white horses a while ago. He was among the first in the Valley to … Continue reading

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Day One

  Is this how it begins? My story?  Seven pounds, thirteen ounces, two feet, ten toes, on Thanksgiving Day in 1947? On that day I became the second son and fourth child of Carlos and Christina Nájera when my soul … Continue reading

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Mitsubishi G4M by Joseph Najera

   This is one of the kinds of bombers used by the Japanese. They were called by the American GIs, the “Flying Zippo.” Their fuel tanks were poorly protected and exploded easily, especially when hit.    Were a medium range … Continue reading

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USS West Point by Carlos Najera

Milne Bay New Guinea: (Photo provided by Harry T Wildman) This photo is dated December 10, 1942. It also says Milne Bay. In the background are the mountains of the Owen Stanley Range. They are off the coast of Papua. … Continue reading

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The Berryessa Adobe

  This simple home is located at 373 Jefferson St. near downtown Santa Clara. It is the oldest home in the city. It is also one of the last Adobe buildings to remain here in the Santa Clara Valley. It … Continue reading

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On a Mission by Carlos and Joseph Najera

In the late 1700s the Spanish crown was aware of the vulnerability of the Northwest Pacific Coast. Russian hunters and explorers are settling in Alaska and moving down the coast in search of furs and places to establish settlements. The … Continue reading

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 It Is Good by Carlos Najera

The Lord once made the Earth and likewise made the Sky. And when He looked upon his work, and saw what He had done, He saw that it was good. (Klaus Australis) I was nine years old in 1917 and … Continue reading

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