Tag Archives: Oxnard

Pride and Prejudice by Carlos Najera

   We moved into a town in the early 1900’s where the people, the adults and kids my age had a bad word for anyone who was not them. There was a bad word for every one in the melting … Continue reading

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The Water by Joseph E. Najera

The 1952 polio epidemic was the worst outbreak our country has ever seen.  Nationwide, there were nearly 60,000 cases reported in that year.  Over 3,000 succumbed.  Over 20,000 individuals were disabled and limited in their ability to walk. Polio is … Continue reading

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By the Book by Carlos and Joseph E Najera

This is a photograph taken in 1913. The man’s name is Andrew Carnegie. He was born in Scotland, and migrated to the United States. Over the years he made his fortune in the steel industry. He became so wealthy that … 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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The Submarine by Carlos Najera

  My best friend while I was growing up in Oxnard was Ernest. His family was from Germany and they had a real long last name that is hard to spell. My family lived on C St., Ernest and his family … Continue reading

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Making the Grade by Carlos Najera

This year, 1917, my classroom at Haydock School was downstairs in the basement. Most of my classmates were also Spanish-speaking. I was lucky that way because the Mexican children that lived and worked out in the farms and ranches could … Continue reading

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Rancho Rio de Santa Clara by Carlos Najera

The Rancho La Colonia, is also known by el Rancho Rio de Santa Clara. That name is easy to explain, it borders on Santa Clara River. It is a tract of land about 48,883 acres. The old San Miguel Rancho … Continue reading

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The Power of Yes by Carlos Najera

Recess at Haydock School! I could run around to the girls’ side of the school and say hello to my sisters. I could have a few minutes where I could think in my own language. I could play with my friend Ernest and … Continue reading

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The World According to Bugs #3 by Carlos and Joseph Najera

My mother was diagnosed with TB shortly after I was born. That was in 1947. In 1950 she was placed in the Maryknoll Hospital in Monrovia, California. Lonely and feeling helpless, my father sent these post cards almost every day … Continue reading

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Cots by Carlos Najera

June back in 1917 meant that it was time to go north. With my stepdad John. Much of our farmlands here in Oxnard was dedicated to sugar beets and beans. It wasn’t time for harvesting then, but it was time in … Continue reading

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