Tag Archives: History of Oxnard

Alice by Carlos Najera

Diphtheria is a bacterial infection often affecting the membranes of your nose and throat. Symptoms include a sore throat, fever, nosebleeds, swollen glands on the throat, and weakness. The telling symptom is a sheet of thick, gray material covering the … Continue reading

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Menudo by Joseph Najera

Here is a picture of my mother’s oldest brother, Faustino Ledesma.     Faustino Ledesma 1904-1979 My mother often talked about him with a lump in her throat and a tear in her eye. My grandfather Odilon died when a wagon … Continue reading

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Point Mugu by Carlos and Joseph Najera

You have seen this place many times, I am sure. Many car commercials show this rock as a shiny new auto drives by. I have seen this rock many times in the movies. Maybe you will recognize it the next … Continue reading

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Chirula by Carlos Najera

“Last night we were out drinking . . .” Socrates once said . . . Any time a story starts out with those few words, you know it’s not going to end well.  That was Socrates Govea. He lived two … Continue reading

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Fox in the Icehouse (1930) by Carlos Najera

I was 22 years old then. There wasn’t much of a future there in Oxnard. I could work on the farms, and I did, but I was a high school graduate when most of the people in town did not finish … Continue reading

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The Black Hand by Carlos Najera

In Little Italys across the nation there grew an evil society called the Black Hand. It was a gang of Italian thugs that preyed upon their own people. They required a bounty in exchange for security. Often people’s homes or … Continue reading

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The Fields of Tulare by Joseph Najera

Dear Reader:   I started thinking about Pearl Harbour Day, that date is now upon us, and I remembered this story. I wrote it down in free verse.   Thank you.                                          Courtesy of the Oxnard Public Library   That night Luna glowed as … Continue reading

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