The late Birch Bayh and my brush with the U.S. presidency


This photo was on Facebook last week following the death of Birch Bayh. It was posted by Bob Jackson, who still lives in the Shirkieville area and has it on his wall. The photo is of a group of people who were waiting on the motorcade of Bayh just before his announcement he was running for the presidency. On the […]

Sky not falling


Tom McClintockAbraham Lincoln told the story of boarding with the family of a Presbyterian minister on the night of the greatest meteor shower ever recorded in North America. He was awakened by the minister who shouted, “Arise Abraham, for the heavens are falling and the day of judgment has arrived.” But Lincoln noticed that despite the hysteria around him and […]

Growing tomatoes in the Sierra: Part 1


Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series about growing tomatoes in the Sierra foothills. Part 2 and 3 will follow in the coming months. Although tomatoes need full sun and warm temperatures to thrive, there can be too much of a good thing. Tomatoes are adversely affected by temperature extremes. When temperatures stay over 90 degrees during […]

The west side of town


Show is the Dulcich’s Butterfly Market, coffee shop and telephone. The beer garden is the ivy-covered building to the right. I have tried to give you some indication of the commercial development along Highway 140 in 1943, the year of our arrival. For the most part, Mariposa had not changed very much until the highway was completed to El Portal […]

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