It was almost like back to the future at the annual Hesperia old timers pot luck dinner last Sunday at the Leisure League on Third Avenue. For just a little bit you could listen to stories about the old days of Hesperia that transported you back to an easier and simpler lifetime but you didn't have to leave our modern society. Listening to the old timers can make you envious for a slower lifestyle in a simpler place. Some people at the dinner can remember when you could ride a horse into town and use hitching posts that were in front of the few stores.

The annual pot luck dinner brings many of the long time residents of Hesperia together over homemade meals to talk about a time when the town had no paved roads and only one store. They said it was a time when route 66 was the major thoroughfare that connected the east with the west, meaning that it connected Hesperia with Victorville and was the only paved road between the two cities.

One person who attended the dinner is Carl "Buzz" Beardsley. He moved to Hesperia with his family, 8 brothers and sisters, in 1948 when he was 14 and has been here ever since, except for a stint in the military during the Korean War. He talked about going to school in Victorville even though he lived in Hesperia. "We would walk down to Roy Walters store to catch the school bus going into Victorville, it would go all the way up to the summit and back down, picking up kids all the way down to the old 66," he said. Oh, and there was almost no traffic he said.

Beardsley says he is sorry to see some of the old buildings go as progress continues to grow in Hesperia. He would like to see some of the old Hesperia remain but is not sure how long some of the old places can hold out under new development.

After the dinner prizes are given for various categories, such as the oldest person in attendance. This year that would be Vicky Taylor, 91. The person who has lived in Hesperia the longest, that would be Carl Beardsley, 61 years.

The annual Hesperia old timers pot luck dinner had its beginnings more than 20 years ago. It allegedly got started when three women got tired of seeing each other and friends only at funerals. The pot luck dinner was their answer to having a more fun occasion to get together with the old timers of Hesperia. Unfortunately, no body can remember exactly which three women started the annual event, but their old time legacy still endures.