THE  Havilah  Herald Newsletter  —- May 2018






           Official Publication of the Havilah Centennial Group, Inc. 

  aka      The Havilah Historical Society and Museum

                                                                                         Havilah California – May 2018


     A recognized 501 C 3 Historical Organization (all donations are 100% 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.


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The Havilah Courthouse/Museum and the Schoolhouse are now open on weekends for the spring/summer season. Come and visit and bring a friend! We’re open from 11 am until 3 pm every Saturday and Sunday.

Havilah Plaque: Be sure to note the new sign on the old memorial base next to the Courthouse. It looks great! Thanks to Al and Jayne for designing and placing this eye-catching marker.

History Day in Havilah : CANCELLED- – for Saturday, May 12th! After the 4 H Club members from Glennville came up and asked if they could do History Day in Havilah this year, and even put on a couple of presentations for us at our March 2018 meeting —- Jayne had been trying to get some more information from them, but they weren’t returning our calls. Jayne finally got a hold of the 4H’s Tammy Lindley and was told, SORRY, WE HAVE TO CANCEL. THERE ARE JUST TOO MANY 4 H EVENTS GOING ON AT THE SAME TIME AND WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH PARTICIPANTS. — (11 days before the event!)



The May meeting of the Havilah Historical Society will be postponed until Saturday, June 9 at 3 pm at the Havilah School House. Vice President Larry Grafius will conduct the meeting as Prez Al will be out of town that weekend. Everyone is invited – See you then! * * * *

The Prez Sez




                                                       WE APPRECIATE YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT – WE COULD NOT EXIST WITHOUT IT!

                             (As of the last count there are still twelve members (families) who have not sent in their

                                                                                                TAX-DEDUCTIBLE dues for 2018 – that’s quite a few for our small organization.)

The new season began at the Havilah Court House Museum on April 7th. Jayne and I were there, but so was the rain. No one showed or even slowed to take a look. The next morning was beautiful. No one had signed up as docents for that Sunday, but V.P. Larry, and his lovely bride, Lana Grafius (who is also one of our Directors) took the bull by the horns and opened up for us — and brought in $43.00 in donations! Way to go! PLEASE CHECK THE CALENDAR THE NEXT TIME YOU COME TO A MEETING AND SIGN UP FOR AT LEAST ONE DAY A MONTH TO VOLUNTEER TO KEEP US OPEN. It really made a difference when Barbra Dale moved last year. She lived only a few doors away and filled in many times when we had no volunteers. We heard from Barbra recently and she seems to be enjoying the “flatlander” life.

We’ve been waiting for quite a while to hear back from a local Artists’ group about putting some sort of memorabilia, a landscape, or something historic in the old memorial base at the front of the Court House. Well, after hearing a proposal about them wanting to charge us maybe around $750, and not seeing what they were offering, your Board of Directors decided for them. NO, to the $750 or more, and YES to our own design that we paid for last year when Jayne had a sign made for our booth over at “History Days” in Kernville. We just had the sign company enlarge it so it would fit in the monument base and put a special weatherproofing and fade resistant coating on it for less than $260.00! It will probably be installed by the time this newsletter is published.

Speaking of the newsletter, we want to thank our long-time Editor, Janet Kutzner, for all the time she spends each month in putting the HAVILAH HERALD together. You should take pride in the newsletter, it’s a real jewel (I know, I was newsletter editor/publisher for three organizations for over 27 years.) Believe me, it is no easy task coming up with something to keep everyone’s interest each month. Thank you again Janet!

And on a final note, I had prepared a lot of praises for the 4 H Club in Glennville trying to resurrect a History Day event in Havilah this year that was to be held on Saturday, May 12th, but THEY CANCELLED OUT JUST 11 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT — AND AFTER THE INVITATION WENT OUT IN THE FENCE POST NEWSPAPER. We were able to cancel the radio ad and the one in the Kern Valley Sun in time, but THERE WILL BE NO HISTORY DAY IN HAVILAH ON THE 12TH. We (the Board) will have to discuss whether or not to get it going again in 2019. Stay tuned, and we will let you know what we come up with.  

                                                                                                                      Thanking You in Advance,     Alan L. (Al) Price, President




By Richard C. Bailey, Director Kern County Museum

In the Days of ’49”

              Published by the Kern County Museum, Bakersfield, CA 1966


1964 KGEE FM Radio began broadcasts.




   1964 Ridgecrest incorporated.

1964 Dedication of restored Beale Memorial Clock Tower at Kern County Museum.

1965 National Power Boat Association one-quarter mile Drag Races at Lake Ming.

1965 Cable TV arrived in Bakersfield.

1965 New U. S. Federal Building on Truxtun Avenue dedicated.

1965 Largest producing oil well in California. Standard Oil Company 72, No. 558, brought in near McKittrick.

1965 Kern County Historical Society began marking local historic sites in the city of Bakersfield.

1965 U. S. / Canadian David Cup matches held in Bakersfield.

1965 Dedication of West High School, Bakersfield.

1965 National Auto Drag races at Famoso.

1965 Bakersfield College Choir won European Singing Competition.

1965 Dedication of Valley Plaza Shopping Mall, Bakersfield.

1966 Kern County Centennial observances held throughout County.

1966 Southern Pacific Tehachapi freight train wreck.

1966 Kern County Central Library renamed Beale Memorial Branch Library.

1966 Dedication of Lake Woollomes Recreation Area.

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                                                                                Some “Philosophical” Questions:

  1. What did the worm say when it ate its way into the cucumber?
  2. What dinosaur has three horns and three wheels?
  3. What did the math teacher order for desert?
  4. Where does an octopus like to relax? (answers a little further down.)


(The following articles were reprinted in The Bakersfield Californian, Centennial Edition on Aug. 20, 1966):


                                                                                     Kern County Act is Passed

Legislation calling for the organization of Kern County was approved by the California Legislature April 2, 1866, and was titled “An Act to Create the County of Kern, to Define Its Boundaries, and to Provide for Its Organization.” Its wording follows:

SECTION 1. There shall be formed out of portions of Tulare and Los Angeles counties a new county, to be called Kern.

SECTION 2. The boundaries of Kern county shall be as follows: Commencing at a point on the western boundary line of Tulare County, two miles due south of the sixth standard south of the Mount Diablo base line; thence due east to the western boundary of Inyo County; thence southerly and easterly following the western boundary of Inyo County and the northern boundary of Los Angeles County to the northeast corner of Los Angeles County; thence south along the eastern boundary of Los Angeles County to the line between Townships eight and nine, north of the San Bernardino base line; thence due west to the Tulare County line; thence southerly along the said Tulare County line to the southwest corner of Tulare County; thence northerly, following along the western boundary of Tulare County to the place of beginning.




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                                                                                                        SCODIE CANYON


                                                       The name is from William Scodie, long-time merchant in the South Fork Valley.

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Known for many years as Scodie’s after William Scodie, who owned the store there, the place was renamed Onyx by Scodie when the Post Office objected to the earlier name because of its resemblance to Scotia, some 400 miles away.

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                                                                                                         MC KITTRICK

Earlier known as Asphalto because of the asphalt deposits in the vicinity, the station was renamed McKittrick for Capt. W. H. McKittrick, who owned the land. Capt. McKittrick was also the owner of the famed McKittrick Ranch where polo ponies were reared and trained, and was the son-in-law of Gen. William Shafter. * * * * *

                                                                          FIRST GRAND JURY HERE ASSEMBLED IN 1866

W. W. Hudson was the foreman of the first Grand Jury to be empanelled in Kern County, the jury being drawn at Havilah, the county seat, on Nov. 5, 1866. In addition to the foreman, the members were: Thomas H. Binnix, Robert Palmer, J. S. Totty, W. D. Ward, Isaac Lightner, Stephen Chandler, T. W. Barnes, Daniel Monckton, J. J. Murphy, Henry Pascoe, V G. Thompson, Edward Tibbett, E. R. Burke, W. H. Williams, J. P. Swearingen, B. T. Mitchell, and W. T. Henderson. * * * * *


                                                                             NIGHT WATCHMAN IS NEEDED IN HAVILAH


                                                                              (From the Havilah Weekly Courier, May 9, 1867)

NIGHT WATCHMAN – At the regular quarterly meeting of the citizens of this town on Saturday last, the following persons were appointed as the committee to act for the next three months: J. J. Murphy, F. Fickert, D. S. Lightner, M. Jacoby and William Gill Mills. T. J. Spikins was elected unanimously as night watchman for the next three months. A vote of thanks was given to Mr. Spikins for the satisfactory manner in which he has discharged the duties of watchman. * * * * *


                                                                                                      MINE SALE


                                                                             (From the Havilah Weekly Courier, Feb. 23, 1867)

SALE OF A QUARTZ MINE – The Burning Moscow mine, in the new El Dorado District, Kern County, was sold a few days since to Jasper Harrell of Visalia for $8,500. The mine is being worked by Taylor and Thomas. The Burning Moscow is one of the best mines in the county and is about 25 miles from this place.

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                                  Answers from Page 3


  1. I’m really in a pickle now.
  2. Tricycle-tops.
  3. Pi.
  4. In an armchair.

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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.



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                                                                                                    HAVILAH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OFFICERS & DIRECTORS:


President:                             Al Price                                       661/867-2414         email

Vice President                  Larry Grafius                                 661/867-2579

Secretary                          Janet Kutzner                                760/379-2636         email

Treasurer                   Jayne Hotchkiss Price                        661/867-2414         email

Directors                           Lana Grafius                                661/867-2579

                                             Mark Mutz                                  661/867-2808         email

Immediate Past President/Editor      Janet Kutzner         760/379-2636         email


                                                       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.



















6789 Caliente-Bodfish Road

Havilah, CA 93518