The Havilah Herald

Official Publication of the Havilah Centennial Group, Inc.

aka The Havilah Historical Society and Museum

Havilah California – August 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 August 2019

 

Greetings all.  There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day these days.  Once again, I want to thank Bob Porter for working on the window guards.  Also, we have some new mini-cams (surveillance cameras) installed inside the School House.  Yeah, I know, locking the barn after the horses are already gone.  Well, they may be a deterrent, well worth the money, if they prevent even one more break-in.

Several things coming up soon;  History Day in Havilah is scheduled for Saturday, October 26th, 10 am until 3 pm.  The flyer has been prepared, and should be included in this newsletter, (thank you Janet, and THANK YOU, TOO, John Nikitas for your flyer suggestions!)  Our members need to be thinking about who you want for officers for the coming year in Havilah. Don’t be afraid to toss your hat in the ring, but also, it’s not just a title — you’ll have certain duties that are expected of you, so if you are willing to roll up your sleeves, we’ll be ready. Jayne and I are willing to continue for a fourth year if you’d like us to.  I believe Larry and Lana Grafius feel the same way.  We will take nominations beginning in October, then will finalize the nominations and hold the elections in November.

After three letters regarding our need for stripes over Hooper Hill, and no reply from anyone, at the July meeting I proposed sending a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom, and the members OK’d it.  Red Bolt volunteered to take a copy of our letter to Debbie Freeland, Supervisor Mick Gleason’s representative in Lake Isabella.  Have you noticed — the potholes are being filled in over the last few days?  THANK YOU RED!  I’ve also received an e-mail from Debbie, saying she has contacted the Kern County Public Works Dept., the Road Maintenance Dept., and the Kern County Traffic Dept. about our request for our pothole and road striping concerns over Hooper Hill.  Things seem to be looking up, THANKS AGAIN RED!

I’m looking forward to the August meeting,  I’ve got some interesting news to share with you about a letter we have just received regarding one of our displays in the Courthouse museum — and the generous donation that came along with it.

 

See you all at the meeting at the Schoolhouse, 3 pm, Saturday, August 10th !

 

                                                                                                            —– Prez Al

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                                       Thanks to Al Price for submitting the following article from The Havilah Weekly Courier, Saturday, January 5, 1867:

 

FIRE ON TUESDAY MORNING —- About 2 o’clock on Tuesday morning last, fire was discovered in the livery stable of Fred Fickert, on Main Street, about 100 yards below the Courier office.  It being a holiday, all the people had not retired, and some were out passing through the street, discovered the fire and gave the alarm, when our citizens repaired to the scene of the conflagration.  It seems that fire was set to some loose hay in the back end of the stable and soon communicated to the building.  When the fire was discovered it had such headway as to be beyond control.  The horses in the stable were cut loose and driven out, and a small quantity of grain, some saddles, and bridles, etc. were saved.  The building was entirely consumed.

Adjoining the stable on the north stood the saloon of H. & C. Dockweller, which was only saved by the untiring exertions of the citizens.  On the opposite side of the street the buildings were not much endangered.  To the south of the stable and within about five feet of it, was the dwelling house of Mr. Fickert, which caught fire two or three times, but each time was extinguished, and thus a most destructive conflagration was prevented.  Mr. Fickert’s furniture was considerably damaged in the necessarily hurried manner in which it was removed.  Besides the loss of the stable and the injuries to his dwelling, Mr. Fickert had $440 in coin and $50 in currency laid away to meet the demand of bills becoming due, which was stolen by some villain while the furniture was being removed.  Mr. Fickert’s total loss is not far from $2,000; yet, like the industrious perservering man, he has gone to work to rebuild his stable and to make a fresh start.  The late heavy rains left buildings in a less than combustible le condition that they would have otherwise been, and on the night of the fire the atmosphere was damp and humid, and there was little or no wind.

The fire was undoubtedly the work of an incendiary.  The lights in the stable had all been extinguished about 10 o’clock on the previous evening, and, as it is not likely that the fire could have been caused by sparks from any building nearby, the only logical conclusion is that the building was set on fire designedly.  Another reason for the opinion that the late fire was the work of an incendiary is that fact that only a few hours before an attempt was made to fire a Chinaman’s house nearly opposite the stable.  It seems a lighted candle was leaned up against the side of the house, and had set fire to the weather-boarding when discovered, but was extinguished without creating a general alarm. 

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HISTORY DAY IN HAVILAH

SATURDAY OCTOBER 26, 2019, 10 AM UNTIL 3 PM

53rd year for the Havilah Historical Society /

Havilah Centennial Group, Inc.

WHERE? Historical Havilah Courthouse and Grounds at

6789 Caliente-Bodfish Road, Havilah, CA.

 

OLD WEST FAMILY FUN:

 

1866 Courthouse and 1868 Schoolhouse (replicas) – Museums open for viewing

Hot Dogs / sodas & water available for purchase

Walking tour of the historic main street of Havilah

Walking tour of the first cemetery in Kern County (St. Joseph’s)

Live music (“Out of the Blue”)

Flint knapping demonstrations

Morse code display and demonstrations

Local Native American Groups have been invited to participate

Periodic presentations of the last Old West Shootout in the street in Havilah (April 24, 1905) Walker’s/Burton’s/Gibson’s

Rock and mineral display —- if you have a rock or mineral that you’d like identified, bring it and you’ll find out!

Smokey Bear says he plans on being there! How about YOU?

 

                                                    ADMISSION IS FREE — For more information call 661-867-2414

 

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 “PURT NEAR”

From Songs of the Saddleman, by S. Omar Barker

 

They called him “Purt Near Perkins,” for unless the booker lied;

He’d purt near done most everything that he had ever tried.

He’d purt near been a preacher and he’d purt near roped a bear,

He’d met up with Comanches once and purt near lost his hair.

        He’d purt near wed an heiress, who had money by the keg.

 

He’d purt near had the measles, and he’d purt near broke his leg.

He’d purt near been a trail boss, and accordin’ to his claim,

He’d purt near shot Bill Hickok – which had purt near won him fame!

He’d purt near rode some broncs upon which no one else had stuck –

In fact he was the feller who had purt near drowned the duck!

 

Now mostly all the cowboys on the Lazy S B spread,

they took his talkin’ with a grin and let him fight his head.

But one named Tom Maginnis sorter told it to him rough.

“You’re riding’ with an outfit now where ‘purt near’ ain’t enough!

We tie our lasso ropes to the horn, an’ what we ketch we hold.

And ‘purt near’ is one alibi we never do unfold!

In fact, right now I’ll tell you that no word I ever hear

sounded quite so plain damn useless as that little pair: ‘purt near’!”

 

That’s how ol’ Tom Maginnis laid it out upon the line,

And like a heap of preachin’ talk, it sounded mighty fine.

 

But one day Tom Maginnis, while a-ridin’ off alone,

He lamed his horse and had to ketch some neighbor nester’s roan

to ride back to the ranch on.  But somewhere along the way

a bunch of nesters held him up, and there was hell to pay!

 Tom claimed he hadn’t stole the horse – just borrowed it to ride.

They cussed him for a horse thief and they’d caught him with the goods.

They set right out to hand him in a nearby patch of woods.

They had pore Tom surrounded, with their guns all fixed to shoot.

It looked like this pore cowboy sure had heard his last owl hoot!

They tied a rope around his neck and throwed it o’er a limb,

And Tom Maginnis purt near knowed this was the last of him.

Then suddenly a shot rang out from somewhere up the hill!

Them nesters dropped the rope an’ ran, like nesters sometimes will

when bullets start to whizin’.  Tom’s heart leapt up with hope

to see ol’ Purt Near Perkins ridin’ towards him at a lope.

“Looks like I purt near got here just in time,” ol’ Perkins said,

“to see them nesters hang you!”  Tom’s face got kinder red.

“You purt near did!”  he purt near grinned.  “They purt near had me strung!”

You’re lookin’ at a cowboy that has purt near just been hung!

And also one that’s changed his mind – for no word ever said

can sound as sweet as ‘purt near’, when a man’s been purt near dead!”

 

                                                                               (Thank you to “Doc” Lange, local veterinarian, for sharing the above poem.)

 

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Membership Application:

 

Havilah Centennial Group, Inc., dba

Havilah Historical Society & Museum

6789 Caliente-Bodfish Road, Havilah, CA 93518

www.havilahmuseum.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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Membership Renewal:

Havilah Centennial Group, Inc.

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.

 

Name________________________________________________________________________

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Date Renewal Submitted___________________________________

 

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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