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Don Edman Email
04/16

Where do you live now? North Carolina

How many years were you in the desert? 4

Are you willing to help with pictures? (don't have any)

Are you willing to help with stories? What's the statute of limitations?

Comments:
Lived in Ridgecrest from 1973 to 1976.  Lots of memories.  Enjoyed this website - thanks.


Susan (Simpson) Wise Email
02/28

Where do you live now? Tacoma, Washington

How many years were you in the desert? 12

Are you willing to help with pictures? Possibly

Are you willing to help with stories? Possibly

Comments:
What a great site! My grandparents, Harry and Kathleen Simpson, moved to China Lake in the '40s with my dad (Jim) and uncle (Bob). My dad graduated from BHS in the early '50s. I was born in Ridgecrest in 1963 and lived there until we moved to Washington in 1975.


Holly Welch (Dix) Email
12/22/15

Where do you live now? Simpsonville, SC

How many years were you in the desert? 18

Are you willing to help with pictures? No

Are you willing to help with stories? Yes

Comments:
I was born in the Ridgecrest hospital in 1962 and grew up in Ridgecrest until I left for college after graduating from Burroughs HS in 1980.  It has been interesting reading all the stories.  My dad worked on the base and my mom taught school at Las Flores elementary which was just down the street from where we lived on Mary Ann St.  We moved there out of base housing when I was 4 and I lived there until I left for college.  I went to Las Flores, James Monroe and Burroughs HS.  I remember playing outside all the time and wandering around in the desert catching horny toads and lizards.  I remember having contests with the other kids to see who could walk the slowest barefoot across the street in the middle of summer when the asphalt was squishy from the heat.  John's Pizza was a favorite hang out. 


virgil messer 
12/16/15

Where do you live now? San Luis Obispo

How many years were you in the desert? None

Are you willing to help with pictures? No

Are you willing to help with stories? No

Comments:
From family stories. My grandparents Virgil Messer and Rose Messer had a story about the vote for a town name. My grandma put out the name Ridgecrest. My grandfather was a miner in those areas and lived in Ridgecrest among others around for many years before moving to Bellfower area for factory work.


B.Baxter Matheny Email
08/29/15

Where do you live now? Littlerock, CA

How many years were you in the desert? Four years at Little Lake CA in 1950s, many more in other deserts!

Are you willing to help with pictures? Yes, of Little Lake in mid-1950s.

Are you willing to help with stories? Can contribute about Little Lake.

Comments:
    Little Lake may have continued in the years following rerouting of the highway, but not thriving on the scale I remember.  Someone described online how it had become an "armpit."  Once it was quite different.  My parents Burl Sr and Isabel Matheny owned and operated Little Lake Hotel & CafĂ© in the mid-1950s, and they brought it its real glory, developing the business amazingly.  Customers praised us.  We paid Merle Porter, Royal Pictures, to produce the first ever color postcard, seen here.  We revitalized the hotel, installed the neon sign, built the swimming pool, added the souvenir business.  My parents and my sister Charlotte (all deceased now) and I loved Little Lake so much we considered it to have defined us as a family!  After news of the coming highway diversion, business sense led us to sell.  But we never regained what we'd lost, nor were we ever able to forget.  Charlotte cried when passing Little Lake years later.  And I have been homesick for it my whole life, devastated by its reduction to ghosttown then destruction.  At 65 today, I collect photos and mementos of those happiest times we ever knew.  
From Little Lake days, always...B.Baxter Matheny  " rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://[URL=http://s145.photobucket.com/user/bbax1/media/Wallpaper1_zps0b1c486c.png.html]
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