"Your cousins are your first friends," the old adage goes. I'm not so sure that applies in today's mobile society, but it sure applied to me when I was young. How about you?
Mom and Dad bought their first home in 1954 when I was almost 2 years old. Brand new, the modest 1,100-square-foot home sat on the corner of Ford and Morrison Street in Bakersfield, Calif., in the Stockdale Manor subdivision. Our neighborhood was on the outskirts of town. Scant development lay beyond where oil wells and the Kern River flowed.