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Dr. Kyle Oleynik Email
05/05

Where do you live now? South Gate

How many years were you in the desert? not applicable

Are you willing to help with pictures? yes

Are you willing to help with stories? yes

Comments:
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Jon Kerr Email
04/29

Where do you live now? Mesa, Arizona

How many years were you in the desert? 1961-currently

Are you willing to help with pictures? sorry, my brother swiped all the pictures

Are you willing to help with stories? not much to tell...

Comments:
I first moved to China Lake in the fall of 1961 and lived there until the summer of 1964. The only person from our old group that I ever see is Chip Blenman who lives in Tucson as does his brother Bing who I never see. In our living room on the wall, we have a photo of John Kennedy driving over to the Blenman's house in the same Lincoln the he was riding in when he was shot and killed. A couple of years ago while taking a winter vacation to Death Valley, we drove to China Lake so I could show my wife our old neighborhood that she had heard so much about. Ivar Hiburgh's side of the street looked pretty much the same. Our side of the street was completely stripped down, houses all gone, trees all gone... When we got back to Death Valley they told us that was because the homes were all full of asbestos!


Dale Locke Email
01/10

Where do you live now? Selma, Oregon

How many years were you in the desert? less than 1

Are you willing to help with pictures? sure if I can find some

Are you willing to help with stories? sure, though they may be boring

Comments:

I would like to add a tidbit of personal memories from my childhood days. We had recently moved from Compton where I started the 3rd grade in Ridgecrest and unfortunately the family didn’t stay very long but during the few months we were there my father had a T.V. and radio shop right across from the Victory Market.

The shop was very near, (if not next door), to the ‘Chicken Coop’.

In hindsight I doubt the close proximity was any coincidence knowing my fathers appreciation for beer.

 

With a family of seven kids, I’m sure a number of cold beers after work would be a welcomed relief as opposed to heading straight home to a bunch of curtain climbing noise makers. Although, having a great appreciation for beer may have been instrumental in creating the hardship in the first place.

 

I recall watermelons being priced at 2½¢ a pound at the Victory Market which didn’t much matter since we seldom had money. I also recall stealing soda bottles from the back of the store, (outside), and taking them up front and selling them back to the store in order to buy a few pieces of candy.

 

My oldest brother, (David), attended BurroughsHigh School and complained to mom that he wasn’t learning anything because his math teacher was drunk most of the time.

With Mick, (real name David), being Grandma’s pet, Grandma had Mick bused to Bellingham, Wa. where he could get a proper education.

 

I recall four of us young’uns walking to some foothills and finding all kinds of cans/bottles with pieces of paper in them. We collected the papers and took them back home where we were admonished for stealing claim markers.

 

I also recall spending many days at the swimming pool and listening to ‘Rock Around The Clock’ on a 12 inch speaker set out by the pool.

 

And, on one morning in particular, I walked to school with a layer of snow on the ground. That didn’t set to well since I had holes in the bottom of both shoes but I persevered and the snow dissipated in a few hours.

 

I believe all this happened in ’53.

 

Dale Locke


Carol POrter Email
10/16/18

Where do you live now? Ridgecrest

How many years were you in the desert? 55

Are you willing to help with pictures? yes

Are you willing to help with stories? yes

Comments:
Upon Pat Jones death this site was passed on to the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert.  We keep it open for the benefit of former and current Desert Dwellers. 
Please remember the HSUMD, housed in the Historic USO Bldg, and drop by for a visit.


William W Harbaugh Email
09/10/18

Where do you live now? Placerville, Ca

How many years were you in the desert? My sister was born on base in 1950. My father was a fireman and served on USS Princton during Korean conflict.

Are you willing to help with pictures? Do not have.

Are you willing to help with stories? Do not have.

Comments:
My family has a history on base. My grandmother was involved with munitions. My father was a fireman on base as well as the Princeton. My sister was born on base at that time. My mother was on the base with my Aunt Pauline and Uncle Bob Green.
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