Veteran’s Showcase: Tom McGiffin is a true link to early Aguanga

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Veteran Tom McGiffin stands in front of Bergman’s Museum, his family homestead in Aguanga. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Aguanga resident Tom McGiffin is best known for living in the “Dinosaur House,” or more correctly, Bergman’s Museum. The historical building sports a dinosaur statue on it’s roof and has been a landmark for decades. McGiffin’s family has been in Aguanga since the 1860s, beginning with Jacob Bergman, and at the museum property since 1928. “Jacob Bergman was my great-great-grandfather,” McGiffin said. “He ran the Butterfield Stage Stop in Aguanga in the 1870s or thereabouts.” McGiffin has a passion for local history. He is also part of the history of the nation, having served in the Navy during the Vietnam years. The Vietnam War was a conflict in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia from November 1955 to the fall of Saigon in April 1975. It was a long and divisive conflic
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