Old men and old cars

Years ago in Anza, California, when I was about 10 years old, I bought my first car. It was a 1950 Ford, my brother and I raced it around in a circle in the field where we lived. Now part of having a car meant that if it broke or got flats you had to […]

Twice as big

In Anza, California, there are some varieties of animals. This variety extends to even some of the same species, for example there are two different types of quail in different parts of what I will call Anza. There are the valley quail which are most prevalent and then there are the mountain quail. Recently, I […]

Twice as big

In Anza, there are many varieties of animals. This variety extends to even some of the same species. For example, there are two different types of quail in different parts of what I will call Anza. There are the valley quail, which are most prevalent and then there are the mountain quail. Recently I had […]

A Christmas stolen

Years ago, in Anza, California, my wife and I had a small business. In those days having a small business in Anza was a tough proposition, It was hard to get and build an inventory as everything had to come from “off the Hill” undoubtedly the worst time was in the winter. Trade slowed down, […]

Winter morning

I awoke this morning to the definite feel of winter. I know it was colder than normal because my little dog tried to bite me three times (not wanting to leave the warmth of the bed). That’s OK she got over it. In Anza, you can depend on several things when it comes to winter. […]

Dove

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 […]

Windmill

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 […]