The Havilah Herald

Official Publication of the Havilah Centennial Group, Inc.

aka The Havilah Historical Society and Museum

Havilah California – November 2019

A recognized 501 C 3 non-profit Historical Organization (all donations are tax-deductible)

Dedicated to the preservation of the history of Havilah,

The first County Seat of Kern County, CA

Our Purpose:

The purpose of this corporation is EDUCATIONAL. The organization has been formed and is maintained to research, document, preserve, and share the historic legacy of the town of Havilah, California, and of Kern County, California. Included in this purpose is the objective to provide for the advancement of education about the history of Havilah and early Kern County to the local community at large and to any and all visitors to the community.

               

 

 

THE PREZ SEZ

For November 2019

Just a reminder, nominations of officers began at the October meeting, and will close, then have the final voting at our November meeting. We don’t normally have a December business meeting, but will have the “Holiday Party” in December.

“History Day in Havilah” on Saturday, October 26th was a success when compared to several previous ones.  We haven’t received all the paid-out invoices yet, but from the 50-50 raffle we took in, with Therese Melbar’s help, $170.00, so that meant a payout of $85, and we kept $85. Then with Wes and Janet Kutzner’s help we also received $160.70 in donations for the cookies, chips, etc. We also received $205 at the Court House Museum ($180 in donations and sold one 2XL shirt for $25.00) Another BIG THANK YOU to Mark and Dorothy Mutz, for the great publicizing they did for us in their Fence Post “Country Reader” for our History Day!  Our Treasurer, Jayne Hotchkiss-Price also contacted the Kern Valley Sun and the local radio station in Lake Isabella. We haven’t gotten their bills yet, but the Sun sent a new reporter to us, and he spent the entire day there listening, asking questions, and taking notes.  Carlos Rascon from the Catholic Diocese in Fresno got there a little early so he could do some weeding at the Old Havilah (St. Joseph’s) pioneer cemetery.  Carlos made a great suggestion for the next time we hold our History Day: have a food vendor come up and sell food all day long, using his or her food license.  He says that’s what he does when he needs food at one of his events.  We will look into it for the next time.  But we are not going to pay them for being here when they are making all the profits.  We will talk about this later. We can’t even sell hot dogs without getting an additional license/permit from the County ($250.00), and also food liability insurance.

We had several of our members come up and pitch in. Thank you, Roy Fluhart, Mark and Dorothy Mutz, Larry and Lana Grafius, and all our other fine members previously mentioned above.  It was wonderful to see John & Lisa Nikitas there, but honestly, John lost so much weight I didn’t recognize him.  He looks really good, but this was also the first time I ever saw him without a hat on.  He says he feels a whole lot better, and is ready to start coming back and participating in our monthly meetings.  Bob and Vickie Porter also showed up, they had just come back from a wedding.  You knew it was something very formal – Bob was wearing a tuxedo “T-shirt”.  Ooops – I almost forgot to mention our furry member, Raul “Smokey Bear” Estrada who came with his outfit and some of the newer U.S. Forest Service members.  They also brought one of their engines and gave talks about some of its equipment and uses.

We had some wonderful vendors/displays at the event too. Our friend from the Sequoia Amateur Radio Group, and its president, Bill Hesse made homemade soap and brought a great handout to talk about how soap has been made at home over the years, and he brought some great examples. Next to Bill was his friend and fellow “Knapper”, Gary Pickett, a Master Flint Knapper.  You really missed seeing some expert carving displays and flint-knapping demonstrations on Saturday.  Gary took time after the day was over, and came to look through out Courthouse Museum.  Not only was he impressed, but he said, “Feel free to call me whenever you plan another one of these, I’d love to come back.

We also had displays from the Nuui Cunni Indian Center, and Clint Wilder, (Bee-man, and Rankin son-in-law) who brought some of his honey and other bee products, then was relieved by sister-in-law Amanda Rankin Barrett so Clint could go back to the ranch and help feed the animals.  Sarah Wilder, Amanda’s sister also came down with the kids for a while, but only momentarily because: “We have a very important soccer game over in Mt. Mesa.”  It’s always good to see the Rankins.  Every one of them is so gracious and down-to-earth people.  They spent time with us today, and then had to go home and decorate and prepare for a family Halloween party at the Rankin Ranch that same evening.  Thank you, Rankins, Wilders, and Barretts, as always, for coming and participating.

Oh boy, did I almost cook my goose.  THANK YOU, Mrs. Havilah president’s wife, and our Chief Financial Officer, Susan Jayne Hotchkiss-Price!  While I was running around like a chicken-with-his-head cutoff, Jayne was doing multiple things, helping others to get set-up, leading tours down the street explaining what “used to be there”, then ending up at the Old Havilah Cemetery.

I know that this will come out just prior to Thanksgiving, but folks, you and I all have much to be thankful for. I know I’m going to leave someone out, and I apologize, but do you know that for the first time in many years, the back of the Court House is now completely BEE-LESS!  And such a professional job ramrodded by Vickie Porter, with work provided by husband Bob, and non-essential technical advice by several folks including the Grafius’ twosome!  WE ARE SO THANKFUL!  Thank you too, to the Grafius’ and Raul “Smokey Bear” Estrada for coming down a day or two early and cleaning the museums and raking all the leaf’s up before Havilah History Day.

(Editor’s note – We don’t want to forget to mention the wonderful music provided by “Out of the Blue”.  Their music was, as always, upbeat, toe-tapping, and well received by everyone!….way to go…)

Whew!  ‘Nuf for now, except, PLEASE COME TO THE NOVEMBER MEETING AND CAST YOUR VOTE FOR YOUR OFFICERS FOR 2020.  YOU MIGHT ALSO CONSIDER RUNNING FOR ONE OF THOSE OFFICES.  See you there on Saturday, November 9th at 3 pm at the Havilah School House!

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                                                                          WHY I LOVE THE HIGH COUNTRY By Bruce Wagner

My first trip to the high country was 70 years ago, horseback, on a pillow in front of my Mom.  My family started packing in before I was born.  This helped my dad find his way around.  Bob Welch had a Pack Station between Johnny McNally’s at Fairview, and Earl Pascoe’s at Road’s End.  Bob was an old-timer and he and my Dad became fast friends.  In fact, Dad ran some of the trips for him.  After I came along we went by ourselves.

Dad took time off every summer and we camped for about a month.  I remember being at Cannell Meadow, Bid Meadow and Horse Meadow.  Our favorite spot was Boone’s Pasture.  We fished several creeks:  Rattlesnake, Machine Creek, Lower Trout Creek, Cannell Creek, and Salmon Creek.

When I was there I got to ride my own horse.  His name was Skeeter.  He was an old circus horse.  He really liked us kids.  We could do anything on him.  We would line kids up from his mane to his tail.  When I was young he was gentle with me, but when I got older he loved to knock me off his back.  I would fall asleep (it was a long trip) and he would jump at any little thing, and off I’d go.  Skeeter took his last trip to the mountains when I was a teenager.  He got down and couldn’t get up, so my Dad had to put him down.

Years ago most people staying in the High Country hated the bears because it was such a long trip and if bears got into camp, they would eat and destroy anything they could.  There was a Forest Ranger up there who was pretty much an environmentalist. He raised the devil with anybody he suspected of killing bears.  One year he came into camp with a rifle.  When we asked him what was going on he said a bear had gotten into his cabin and tore it up and scattered all of his food.  Then he got on the table and pooped on it.  That was the final straw.  He was bear hunting!

This afternoon my grandson, Joseph, and I were walking by the meadow and he spotted a bear.  What a wonderful treat for him and me.  Bears are still the same and do the same old stuff, but we would never just shoot one now (unless it was hunting season).

When Shirley and I were married, her Dad was the Ranger at Kennedy Meadows.  We spent time up there with him.  He was killed in a helicopter crash up there while spotting fire in 1961.

We started taking our kids camping as soon as they came along.  In 1969 we bought our property at Horse Meadow.  We built a cabin in 1974 right on Salmon Creek.

In the late 1980’s we started backpacking.  Our first trip we stayed at Old Man Howe’s camp at Snow Creek.  He was a trapper and a lion hunter.  He claimed he found gold at the camp so he had a legitimate claim there.  One year we found his claim papers in an old bottle, buried in a boundary marker.  We still backpack every year.  This year we are going into Manter Meadow.  Five years ago my great-grandson, Dustin, joined us, so that makes five generations of Wagners who have been blessed by God to be able to be a part of His great creation.

So, I guess that is why I love the High Country.  It was God’s plan for my life to be a part of this wonderful place, and when I die I will be buried there, beside my son, Joey.

Editor’s note:  Bruce Wagner wrote the above article for his church newsletter, The Eagle’s Nest in July 2009.  He passed away on 8-21-2019. 

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MORE COWBOY HUMOR:

 

What do cowboys put on their salads?  Ranch dressing.

 

What Zen life lesson do cowboys teach their cows?  Try to turn the udder cheek and moooove on.

 

Why did the cowboy adopt a dachshund?  He wanted to get a long little doggy.

 

What do you call a dinosaur in a cowboy hat?  T-Tex

 

Why don’t cowboys shoo the flies buzzing around them?  It’s easier to let them go bare foot.

 

How did the cowboy know his cattle were behind him without looking?  He herd them.

 

How did the cowboy become so rich?  His horse gave him a couple of bucks every day.

 

 

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Membership Application:

 

Havilah Centennial Group, Inc., dba

Havilah Historical Society & Museum

6789 Caliente-Bodfish Road, Havilah, CA 93518

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Havilah Historical Society & Museum

6789 Caliente-Bodfish Road, Havilah, CA 93518

www.havilahmujseum.org  Fiscal Year from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31

 

$25 Annual Dues for an Individual or a Family Membership (a family is 2 adults for voting purposes), will entitle members to receive notices via monthly newsletter, The Havilah Herald, of meetings, functions, and events.

 

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THE CURRENT HAVILAH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS:

President:         Al Price                              661/867-2414         email   havilahmuseum.org

Vice President  Larry Grafius                    661/867-2579

Secretary          Roy Fluhart                       928/308- 1863        email   rflu408@gmail.com

Treasurer          Jayne Hotchkiss-Price    661/867-2414         email   havilahmuseum.org

Directors (2)         Lana Grafius                661/867-2579

                             Wes Kutzner                  760/379-2636       email   kutznerwes@gmail.com

Past President &/Editor    Janet Kutzner   760/379-2636    email   kutznerwes@gmail.com

Annual membership is $25.00 per individual or family.  Membership year is from January 1 to December 31.

The Courthouse Museum and Schoolhouse are open from April 1 through Sep. 30 on weekends from 11 am until 3 pm, and by appointment.  They are located at 6789 Caliente-Bodfish Road, Havilah, CA 93518.

Admission to the museum is FREE, but donations are cheerfully accepted, (and 100% tax-deductible!).

The monthly general meeting is at 3 pm the second Saturday of each month at the Havilah Schoolhouse.

HAVILAH HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM

6789 Caliente-Bodfish Road

Havilah, CA 93518