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I remember when my boys went joy riding in Placerville…

Written on June 28, 2013 at 1:35 pm, by

I remember when…years ago we were living in Swansboro and I was driving “to town” to get my hair done. Back in those days it was a pretty big deal to make that long drive and getting your hair done took 3 times as long as it does now. Anyway, both of my boys, ages […]

I remember U.B.R.

Written on June 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm, by

Back in the early 1970s, I attended El Dorado Union High School. Myself and many of my fellow Alumni are proud of our rich heritage here in El Dorado County, so much so that we decided to stay right here after graduation to continue our education, find work and settle down. We had a popular […]

Mike Speegle remembers Kay Kirkland

Written on June 28, 2013 at 1:30 pm, by

Within the walk of life, we have rare opportunities to meet people who give 100% of their heart and souls to others, always reaching out with a helping hand, full of strength and understanding and asking little in return. My opportunity to meet on of these ‘Earthbound Angels’ was in Kay Kirkland. Many of my […]

My generation did not have a “green” thing?

Written on June 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm, by

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.” The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation […]

Kids say the darndest things!

Written on February 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm, by

In the 60’s The Art Linkletter Show had a segment with children; Kids Say The Darndest Things. It was so popular it was later remade by Bill Cosby. It was all in good fun but at times it brought to light some interesting situations. As a single dad raising my daughter it was easy to […]

Crazy but true!

Written on January 8, 2013 at 9:24 am, by

Only a few days after ringing in the New Year in 1975, I remember it would prove to be an interesting and eventful day.  My 3 siblings and I were busy playing outside, trying out our new Christmas toys in the foothills of Santa Cruz. Our house was at the top of a very steep […]

The El Dorado Drive-In

Written on December 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm, by

I remember when El Dorado County had our very own drive in theater! The El Dorado Drive-In opened in December of 1949. Actually it was originally called the SE Rancho and the posters for it were all over town as I recall. By the time my kids were going there with their buddies, it had […]

Twas’ the night before Christmas in El Dorado County! 2012

Written on December 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm, by

Twas’ the night before Christmas, when all through our town, Not a creature was stirring, not even downtown. The store lights were off, the doors locked with care, Each shelf was now empty, every store was left bare. Imagine the delight on the shop owners faces, so grateful for you who shopped at these local […]

The greatest gift of all is family

Written on December 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm, by

My father hated Christmas. The overspending and the frantic last minute frenzy of people buying meaningless gifts that they cannot afford. Don’t misunderstand, he appreciated the meaning of Christmas, just not the commercialization of it. He grew up very poor and was taught to value people rather than possessions. He really cherished his memories of […]

Nancy Levin remembers the kindness of strangers at Christmas

Written on December 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm, by

 I remember when I was seven years old I overheard my mother crying to someone on the phone about Santa not coming to our house that year. I didn’t understand. So far, it had been my experience that Santa comes every year without fail. Rich or poor, California or China; except if you are on […]

Lorine Cosens Petty shares her memories of Caldor

Written on December 4, 2012 at 11:23 am, by

I graduated from El Dorado High School on June 12, 1952. Wanting to further my education, I decided to go to Sacramento Junior College that fall. However, being a country girl, I did not like Sacramento or the fog. So after the first semester I decided to move back home. My Dad worked at Caldor […]

Friendship Cards…’old school’ social media

Written on December 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm, by

My grandmother passed away last year and until recently I did not have the time to go through a box of keepsakes that I inherited from her. Last weekend, while digging in the garage to find Christmas decorations, I stumbled upon it. With a fresh cup of hot coffee, I sat down and opened the […]

Ocean’s of Suds…thank you, no!

Written on December 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm, by

I was 6 in 1946 and I remember this story as told to me by my grandmother Bitsy, who attended church in Placerville. The church was heated by a coal furnace and the coal was stored in the church basement. Needless to say, when the coal was placed down the chute, the dust from it […]

The biggest mudslide ever!

Written on November 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm, by

I remember when Highway 50 was closed for the biggest mud slide ever. The locals couldn’t get home for days without going the back way to get to Kyburz. The night was a torrent of rain and the roadway was quickly slipping away. The mud slide was so large that we thought there might have […]

Lumber was our mainstay…

Written on November 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm, by

I remember when El Dorado County was small! Lumber was our mainstay and everything revolved around its production and the forest was the best resource we had. I was taught that lumber was our way of life and living in Camino, we only had to take in that deep breath of air each day and […]

Braided rugs bring back memories of my Grandmother…

Written on November 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm, by

My grandmother grew up in The Great Depression. Needless to say, she was very thrifty, saving every bit of old clothing, sheets and bedding or her sewing scraps. Why you ask? To make braided scatter rugs. Year round she would save these strips of fabric. No matter the color. No matter the pattern. Back in […]

I remember…Armistice Day 1945

Written on November 9, 2012 at 10:00 am, by

I remember…Armistice Day 1945                                                                                                   I was seven and my grandfather held my hand as we walked the few blocks to Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, CA, the city were I grew up. I believe it was Armistice Day (now Veteran’s Day) in 1945, but because that is the year that World War II ended, it […]

Just the right fit…

Written on November 2, 2012 at 10:10 am, by

Nowadays in the job market you always hear “not a good fit” if the employer doesn’t want you. Now with 60 on the horizon I wonder if age has something to do with that “fit”. There will always be job jargon to go with the times. I remember when I was looking for work as […]

Best seat in OR on the house!

Written on November 2, 2012 at 10:07 am, by

Other than Christmas and Easter, my favorite holiday of the year is Independence Day. It just so happens that my birthday is on July 1st…and back in 1977 I turned 10. My favorite song was Dancing Queen by ABBA and my friends and I played it over and over on my 8-track while we roller skated in […]

I remember “King Cocka-Doodle-Do”

Written on November 2, 2012 at 10:01 am, by

I was 9 years old in 1946 and my entire family lived in an old 1 ½ room home without indoor plumbing. The rent was $10 per month, a lot of money in those days. My Dad was Cherokee and he had a strong belief in earth, god and animal spirit. My story is about […]

I remember…The Pit

Written on November 2, 2012 at 9:48 am, by

I grew up in Pasadena, CA, on a residential quarter acre lot that had on it two houses and a three-car garage. The houses had been built out of redwood around 1900 and over the years had been occupied by my grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousin, my great aunt and uncle and my father, brother […]

I remember Jan’s Frosty in El Dorado…

Written on November 2, 2012 at 9:43 am, by

I was in grade school back in the 1970s. My family and I lived out on Hwy 49 at the Amador/El Dorado County line. My parents used to have an old Chrysler convertible at that time and for some silly reason we named our cars.  We called that car, “Junior Bonner”.  It was named after an old […]

I remember Oak Hill Grammar School

Written on November 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm, by

The year is 1940, and I am starting first grade at Oak Hill Grammar School. This year there are 10 students (Grades 1 – 8). Our teacher is Miss Ruth Jones. District Trustees are: Anton Walker, Helen Cosens, and Ramona Donn. Kenneth W. McCoy is El Dorado Superintendent of Schools. Back then Miss Jones was […]

I remember “Work Experience” at EDH

Written on November 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm, by

  I remember when high school students participated in the “Work Experience Program”. I attended El Dorado High School but the surrounding high schools offered the program as well. The students, myself included, were allowed to work at various businesses in El Dorado County and were given credit for the work we performed. We were given the chance […]

Wendy Mattson remembers Almie

Written on November 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm, by

My great grandmother, Elma Wilhemina Bosquit (I called her Almie) was a beautiful woman. She passed away at the age of 92. She was gracious, intelligent and in all the time I knew her, I never heard her utter a negative word about anyone. Not once. She was born in Placerville and attended high school […]

Robert Henderson remembers

Written on November 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm, by

Recently I drove down the old street that my wife and I lived on when we were young parents. As I caught a glimpse of the little house in front of me, I was transported back in time. The house was built in 1929, and we bought it in 1992 when it was well worn from others […]

Nick Pesola remembers and relives days gone by

Written on November 1, 2012 at 8:07 pm, by

Although the calendar says fall, summer still hangs on. Now days the seasons seem to be just a measure of time but in days gone by summer was a special time. As a youngster it lasted forever. It was an innocent affair; seeking out fun as that was always the ultimate goal to achieve. Many […]

Tina Henderson remembers her childhood

Written on November 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm, by

My story is about my Great Nana, Esther. She was a glamorous woman who was married seven times. She loved the thrill of change I guess and no one was able to keep her satisfied until Jack Appleby, husband number seven came along. Born in 1900, she hit her stride in the 20’s and 30’s. […]

Richard Barb remembers his Dad

Written on November 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm, by

I remember many times while growing up my dad wasn’t able to be with our family at special events, church or just at home on regular school nights. It was simply the way things were. My dad, Captain Ross Hartsel Barb, was a firefighter and he was out doing his job.  Once in a while, when he had to go on a call, he’d […]

Lori Veerkamp remembers growing up in Placerville

Written on November 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm, by

Re Placerville in the 1960s was the hub of activity and shopping for El Dorado County families. There were many family run businesses at that time, including my families and my husbands; Chuck’s Pancake House, Chuck’s Frosty and Pino Vista Dairy.  Many of the other local businesses that were certainly a presence were Robinson’s, Placerville […]

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