It was nice to see the story on the Ox Bow Inn recently.
My parents owned the property during most of the 1970s. Our family lived in the hotel, worked in the restaurant and bar. It was a family business. We survived the gas shortage and enjoyed the good years as well.
My childhood there was Huck-Finn like. I remember when I was about 11 years old I got mad at the cook because he was laughing at me about something...I told him he was fired. My folks as well as the entire staff thought that was hilarious. I probably saw and experienced more than a child should have at that age, being next to a bar and all, but I also learned a lot about people, work and life.
I will always cherish the memories of the Ox Bow. That even became one of my nicknames, "Ox Bow." Times were pretty simple back then.
It would be hard to mention the Ox Bow Inn without mentioning a lady named Dean Landers. She was the heart and soul of that place during our years there. We never could have done it without her. She was everyone's friend and your worst nightmare if you crossed the line. She was like a second mother to me, and her daughter, Lisa Landers, was like a kid sister. Everyone loved Dean. Some people would come and sit at the bar just to visit with her. They didn't even drink, they just liked visiting with Dean. She passed away a few years back. She was a big part of the Ox Bow and a big part of a lot of people's lives.
Bill and Bobbie Banbury owned the Ox Bow Inn from about 1972-1977. They worked their hearts out in that place and it provided a way of life for our family. It's been sad to see it fall apart over the years. I hope that the current owners can bring it back to where it once was.
Dave Banbury, Glendale