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mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 5, 2018 - 11:52am PT
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 16, 2018 - 01:43pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Modesto in the thirties had a community known as Little Arkansas on
one side of a canal bank and one known as Little Oklahoma on the other....
all or most of the families on certain streets in Little Oklahoma were
from the same county or small town in Oklahoma....

The established towns and cities strenuously resisted petitions to
extend roads, sewers and other facilities to the satellite migrant
settlements and regarded annexation as unthinkable. In such a setting
it is not surprising that Okies and Arkies were promptly stereotyped
as a minority. The characteristics that were assigned to them were,
of course, that they were dirty, shiftless, of loose sexual morals,
improvident, lazy, and had far, far too many children.

At the high point of this anti-Okie hullabaoo, a sign appeared in
the foyer of a second-rate Bakersfield movie house which read:
"Negroes and Okies upstairs."
--Carey McWilliams, article on John Steinbeck,
"A Man, a Place, and a Time"


These people were American citizens, not immigrants.
mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 20, 2018 - 08:46am PT
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mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 22, 2018 - 08:42pm PT
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mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 7, 2018 - 06:01pm PT
Cattle grazing land, Bear Creek/Merced County.
Cattle grazing land, Bear Creek/Merced County.
Credit: mouse from merced
Cotton farmland along Bear Creek near Merced, where "anything grows."
Cotton farmland along Bear Creek near Merced, where "anything grows."
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 13, 2018 - 12:23pm PT
Dry Creek Ranch, Stanislaus County.
Dry Creek Ranch, Stanislaus County.
Credit: mouse from merced
Southern Stanislaus range north of the Merced R.
Southern Stanislaus range north of the Merced R.
Credit: mouse from merced

Edit: Range as in rangeland, okay? In future I shall make other arrangements.
Dingus Milktoast

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Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Sep 13, 2018 - 02:28pm PT
I never heard that called Stanislaus Range. Or perhaps you meant it lower-case as typed?

DMT
Robb

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Cat Box
Sep 13, 2018 - 05:24pm PT
Mouse,
To CV folk, they were immigrant okies!
zBrown

Ice climber
Sep 13, 2018 - 09:54pm PT
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Police are still investigating, but of the 31,000 car break-ins reported in San Francisco last year, less than two percent have been prosecuted, according to police.

Bargainhunter

climber
Sep 13, 2018 - 10:04pm PT
Thanks Mouse for your January post of the Paul Taylor/Dorthea Lange piece! Just now seeing that. Amazing how great journalism, in particular just that single photograph, can make a huge difference in galvanizing public and governmental support for the downtrodden and oppressed. Terrible President we have now that does nothing but lie and bash the free press.

The "King of California" was an amazing book about the history of agriculture in CV, as was "The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland" -a required coffee table book for anyone interested in the CV.

I lived in Visalia for a number of years and can state straight up that the Okie/Arkie divide and exchanged insults are alive and well. I never knew there was a pecking order of 'white trash' pedigree but I had nurses at work explain it to me. The term "DBO" ("Ditch bank Okie") was still frequently used. While I was there a few years ago, plenty of impoverished were still camping under flimsy tarps along the dry banks of the St. Johns River. In the summer heat that seemed barely survivable. Still, the poor bashing sentiment was alive as well (much of the CV is politically very conservative), and of course the Latino and SE immigrant laborers in San Joaquin Valley now receive plenty of unfair rebuke despite their difficult and under-appreciated work of supplying our nation with 25% of ALL of it's produce. The immigrant laborers of the CV should be championed for their proud work and lionized, not shat upon. Viva Ceasar Chavez!

Occasional we'd have a elderly patient from Pixley or some little CV town who'd speak just like she was back in the 1920's straight out of Grapes of Wrath. Fascinating living history there!
Dingus Milktoast

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Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Sep 14, 2018 - 07:15am PT
The Central Valley is actually quite the melting pot. And while there is strife we all get on fairly well, over all.

I've had Hmong, Cambodian, Sikh, Paki, Mexican, Honduran, Okie, Chinese, Thai, (no Arkies, ugh!), Portugee and even a bay area fag or two as neighbors.

That's the environment my kids grew up with - a rainbow of ethnicity.

DMT
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 14, 2018 - 07:29am PT
One can always find beauty where the heart is.
mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 14, 2018 - 07:36am PT
Shuteye Ridge from Hwy 99.
Shuteye Ridge from Hwy 99.
Credit: mouse from merced

David Knopp

Trad climber
CA
Sep 14, 2018 - 08:03am PT
Hey Throwpie-you sell any of that art?
zBrown

Ice climber
Sep 14, 2018 - 08:41am PT
2015

Auto burglaries are down this year in Manteca by 23 percent. There were 82 cases from January through March, compared to 106 last year.



Neighbors jarred by burglar's bold tactics in Manteca


https://www.kcra.com/article/neighbors-jarred-by-burglar-s-bold-tactics-in-manteca/6421811



Officers were called to a robbery in progress. When they got there, officers saw employees fighting with Kellia Howard, 26, of Ceres. Officers took Howard into custody for the robbery.

Howard later revealed she wasn’t alone and led officers to a nearby hotel. There, officers found Howard’s father, 44-year-old Augustine Melena, of Ceres.

Officers searched Melena’s vehicle on probation and found several stolen purses and wallets. From this evidence, officers were able to determine the crime spree stretched from Davis to Turlock.


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