Blanchard Library, Santa Paula California

The Dean Hobbs Memorial Library serviced Santa Paula until the early 1970’s when it was declared unsafe and torn down. It was beautiful but after the earthquake in Sylmar earthquake in 1971 it was literally hanging on by a thread.¬†

The lower basement “children’s room,” was completely made of wood and had only one exit. In a fire or another earthquake it would have been a deathtrap. It was the first library I ever went to and I wish that it could have been saved.

Dean Hobbs Memorial Library, Santa Paula California

Paper and Places of Ventura County

This site is devoted to the paper, people, and places of Ventura County California. Ventura County California, is about 1 hour north of Los Angeles, and 20 miles south of Santa Barbara. It is one of the most culturally and historically important places in the United States and California. I was lucky enough to have been born in Ventura, California and so was my son. My father and his father were also both born in Ventura County. This page is a tribute to my family, friends and my first love, Ventura County, California.

Bookplate, Ventura County Free Library

A Trip to Steckel Park in 1964


</>A Trip to Steckel Park in 1964

This was part of a series of travel information you could buy in the early 1960’s. This guy went to all these places, got the pictures and information, and then tried to sell them to people who traveled on vacations. Steckel Park is in Ventura County, California, just north of Santa Paula, California, “The Citrus Capital of the World,” and the home to both Union Oil and Sunkist Oranges.

I remember the crow named Sam, and the peacocks being everywhere and screeching like the devil. The park is still there but it is not the same as 1964. Still nice but definitely not the same.