Index of stories.
Desert Memories was written as a series of monthly articles in the Newberry Springs, CA
newspaper The Silver Valley Sentinel. These stories are the result of the many memories
spawned by little everyday happenings after I moved back to my childhood home on the
My first hand memories cover the period of 1944 through 1954. However, some of the
stories predate this period, as they are stories related by relatives.
During the days of the depression and prohibition many of my uncles moved their
families to Newberry. (It was not called Newberry Springs then.) As far back as I can
remember, family gatherings were dominated by stories of those days in the desert. As a
child I sat for hours enthralled by these tales. This family custom is kept alive today
whenever the cousins get together at family gatherings. I notice our children and
grandchildren sitting on the edge of their seats listening intently and wonder if their
imaginations will allow them to understand life as it used to be in the desert. Maybe,
just maybe, this little bit of history will touch them and flavor their lives with their
heritage of the desert.
02. Daughter's Burro.
03. They won't understand.
04. Newberry Christmas.
05. The 1948 New Year's Eve dance at the Newberry School.
06. The Desert Rat Syndrome.
07. Law and order Cactus Joe Style.
08. More law and order Cactus Joe style.
09. The annual dunking of Cactus Joe.
10. More memories sparked by the 4th of July, 1992.
11. Cowboys and Indians - Part 1 - A trip to 'Drus' place.
12. Cowboys and Indians - Part 2 - Drus' hired hand.
13. Cowboys and Indians - Part 3 - Calico Days.
14. Cowboys and Indians - Part 4 - Cowboys and earthquakes.
15. Lemon meringue pie.
Newberry Springs Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 116
Newberry Springs, CA 92365
Phone: (760) 257-1072