History of the Ojai Theatre

History of the Ojai Theatre by Elise DePuydt The Isis–isn’t this an exotic sounding name? How about Bijou, Rialto, Majestic, Palace, or Regency? What images do these names bring to mind? Movie theater owners in the 1910s thru the ’20s wished to evoke the mystery of the exotic or the pomp and privilege of royalty […]


Gene Lees in Ojai: Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars

By Mark Lewis Ojai prides itself on its small-town charm, but it is not so small that everyone actually knows everyone. A person can live here for three decades – as Gene Lees did – without being widely recognized. So when Lees died in April 2010 at the age of 82, his friends mourned, and […]


Jailhouse Rocked

The Ojai murder case that put Johnny Cash behind bars at Folsom Prison   By Mark Lewis Ojai is not renowned for famous murders. But there was one local case, involving an accused murderer named Earl Green, that deserves at least a footnote in the history books, because it set off an unlikely chain of […]


Memoirs by Monica Ros, founder of Monica Ros School

In Her Own Words by Monica Ros Transcription of Mrs. Monica Ros’ handwritten notes from approximately 1984-1986, including her autobiography, the school history, her teaching philosophy and the founding principles of the Monica Ros School. EARLY DAYS In what I consider, and I think my sisters would have agreed, our best remembered and formative years […]


The Boyd Center: Remembering Two Young Ojai Men

The Boyd Center: Remembering Two Young Ojai Men By David Mason Ojai Valley News, April 11, 2003 “The Boyd Club is an excellent example of what may be done to make country life interesting and profitable.”- The Ojai, Dec. 8, 1916 This week [April 11, 2003] marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of The […]


Art & About–A Passion for Ojai Music Festival Posters

Art and About… a passion for posters The Music Festival’s vibrant illustrated history by Anca Colbert As Libbey Bowl is about to come alive once again with the magic sound of music, we take a look at some of the art posters created for the Ojai Music Festival: as a group, they give us a […]


E.P. Foster and Ojai’s County Parks

Remembering When… forefathers’ foresight led to valley parks by David Mason “No camping was permitted west of the stream;although parties may spend the day or the evening under the live oaks, and for a small consideration may buy wood from the custodian of the park with which to cook their dinners – or suppers.” “History of […]


Ojai’s Juvenile Delinquency Problem–1926

Who Knows the Solution?  1926 Editorial in The Ojai The following editorial appeared in The Ojai, December 31, 1926: The City of Ojai stands very badly in need at the present time of some one who can solve this problem of boys on the streets at night.  This band of young fellows that ranges up and […]


Ojai’s Brick Firehouse

Ojai’s Brick Firehouse – County Historical Landmark Information Prior to 1929 the Ojai Valley fire protection was left somewhat to chance and the generosity of impromptu volunteers.  Of course, the northern borders were watched over by the rangers of the Los Padres Forest.  It is to one of the forest rangers who was to become […]