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Phonebook Bridges 55-year Gap

By Nancy Gross

Did someone say they were headed up Highway 399 to stop by the Deer Lodge for a drink, a game of shuffleboard and to pick up some ice and groceries? It is likely someone did, in 1954. Darlene Mansfield, whose husband was “the whistling telephone man in this valley” has put out a reprint of the 1954 Ojai Valley Directory, published by the Ojai Publishing Company, its original publisher. Ojai Publishing

had already been in business for 63 years in 1954. Some things change, and some don’t change as much, and anyone with an interest

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