From Desert to Desert Hot Springs

From Desert to Desert Hot Springs For some six and half years (1951-1957), Desert Sentinel published a weekly column by Cabot Yerxa, titled “On the Desert Since 1913.” In 1958, the newspaper gave him space to present in one fell swoop his personal account of Desert Hot Springs’ history. Below is a considerably edited offering for those who missed the original article …

Rules to Abide By

In last week’s newsletter, we featured a 1911 letter that Cabot Yerxa wrote to a former president — Theodore Roosevelt — after hearing a speech Roosevelt gave at a college. Years later, in 1918 and 1919, Cabot served in the Army, where he came in contact with a future president: Dwight Eisenhower. Cabot was a mess sergeant in the tank …

Toward a Common End

As noted in last week’s newsletter, Cabot Yerxa served as postmaster of Fertilla simultaneously with operating an eponymous store in that town (now merely ruins) from 1919 to 1925. Years earlier (1908-1911), Cabot served as postmaster of Sierra Madre, where his parents owned and operated an orange ranch and store. It was during this time that Cabot traveled to Los …

Cabot’s Storytelling Night

Cabot’s Storytelling Night Wednesday September 16, 2020 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Join us in our monthly storytelling evening listening to Cabot’s stories, walking the grounds, and shopping at the Trading Post in a safe and social distancing manner. Storytelling will commence at 6:00 p.m. in the Courtyard Presentation of our local artists art works via Instagram Video (IGTV) at 6:20 p.m. and 6:50 p.m. Remember to bring lawn chairs, …

Melting Points

Melting Points As has been established, Cabot Yerxa came to our desert in 1913. But he did not live on his homestead uninterrupted. In 1918, after he acquired title to the land, he joined the Army. When the war ended and he was honorably discharged, he opened a store in Fertilla, a few miles north of Blythe. He operated his …