Many years ago in Anza I used to hunt dove. If you are hunting dove like a sportsman should in my opinion hunt them on the fly, it gives the bird a pretty good chance. Dove can fly at speeds of 70 mph so if you are hunting them in full flight you had better […]

From out of the canyon

Years ago in Anza people used to go down Coyote Canyon. Many would go down the canyon on horseback, (This of course was before the government decided that riding a horse through there was far too disruptive to the animals that lived there. However, this story is not about the intrusive land grabbing, money grabbing […]


Years ago, in Anza, California, windmills for pumping water were pretty widely used. They were considered by some to be a way of obtaining “free” water. That is to say that you didn’t need electricity and the accompanying electric bill in order to have water. Of course, there was the fact that the windmill really […]

ANZA: Popular local eatery, Diner 371, damaged by kitchen blaze

ANZA: Popular local eatery, Diner 371, damaged by kitchen blaze

  UPDATE: 11/10/2016 12:20 a.m. Gerilyn Mellin and Trevor Montgomery contributed to this report. ANZA – Diner 371, a popular restaurant and local gathering place in Anza, caught fire during breakfast service Wednesday morning, Nov. 9. The restaurant is located in the 57000 block of SR 371, west of Hamilton Drive and McDonald Lane. The kitchen […]

The Anza Yeti

Years ago, in Anza, California, there began some strange occurrences. Right at first these strange happenings were so unrelated that no one really took notice. I think it began in October of 56. At that time, there were several farmers in Anza that had lost a number of pumpkins from their fields. It was felt […]

The notion of Terwilliger

The notion of Terwilliger

Years ago in Anza, California, there lived a family known as the Terwilliger’s. I have to confess that I don’t know too much about them (before my time) but they are probably related to a good portion of the old-timer population as is the usual case in any small town. I know that they lived […]


Years ago, in Anza, there used to be a whiskey bar. Now I will call it a whiskey bar because that is what it really was. The main drinks served in that bar were whiskey and beer, I know because I had the dubious honor of being employed at said establishment for a time. The […]

Our American Flag

Years ago in Anza California as a young lad I remember going to school and giving the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the United States of America. Funny, I still remember the goosebumps and the pride that swelled in me when I heard the national anthem and saw that beautiful flag waving. I […]

Dog whispering

Years ago in Anza, I had an occasion to get into a conversation with a very old friend of mine on the subject of the canine species. We told each other a number of tales concerning the care treatment and training of said species. Most people back in those days referred to their dogs as […]

Rabbit on the run

Years ago in Anza, California, I bought a .22 caliber six shooter. Now this little gun was a single action, that is to say you had to pull back the hammer and cock it each time you wanted to shoot it. That is the same way pistols were in the western days. I had a […]