The Havilah Herald

Official Publication of the Havilah Centennial Group, Inc.

aka The Havilah Historical Society and Museum

Havilah California – January 2020

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.

2019 Christmas Party at the Havilah School House —- Photo by Vicki Porter

THE PREZ SEZ

For January 2020

Happy New Year to all!  (Yeah, I know —- “and to all a good night —- but you can’t get rid of me that easily!)  It was great to see so many of your smiling faces at the Havilah Christmas Party on Saturday, December 14th.  But those of you who missed it really missed a lot, AND WE MISSED YOU!  There were all kinds of goodies:  several kinds of tamales and various sauces, tortilla chips, Lil’ Smokies in BBQ sauce, pan pizza, homemade cookies and brownies, a bowl of oranges, hot apple cider, and more…… Plus we collected a bunch of toys for children in the valley for Christmas.  We even had several members pay their 2020 membership dues!

Have you been by the museums lately?  Bob and Vickie Porter, Larry and Lana Grafius, Red Bolt, Raul Estrada, and a few other members have been working their tails off to make the Court House, School House, and the picnic table areas more presentable.  We’ve gotten rid of the bees at the back of the Court House, installed  new siding in the back, and new security bars on both the Court House and the School House (after our break-in a few months ago).  New surveillance cameras were installed, new Havilah shirts, and new Havilah hats with a new design and in multiple colors (that will be here very soon).  It ain’t the same old place anymore. THANK YOU AGAIN TO ALL OF THE ACTIVE MEMBERS, FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP, ALL YEAR LONG!  And THANK YOU to our sustaining members that keep us alive with your dues and other contributions over the years.  You’d be surprised at all the favorable comments we have received recently on how nice everything looks.

We’ve got some more work to do in the coming months; a couple (at least 3) of the road signs: Mrs. Miller’s Store, Havilah School House (original location, across the road from the cemetery), and the Golden Gate Hotel, that still need to be re-installed.  Plus we need to clean up the trees and bushes down in the creek bed — cut them up so they can be burned after they dry out and we can get a burn permit.  Oh, doesn’t it ever stop? (Hopefully, “NO” !).  Once again — HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!  See you at the next regular meeting, Sat. Jan 11, 2020 at 3 pm at the School House.                                                                                                               — Prez Al

 

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Following is another article from the “Old Timer’s Column” published in the Wofford Heights Kern River Valley Review by The Ghost Writer (Edith Long, whose parents were Jim and Pearl Bechtel)  on 1-7-71:

For the newcomers to the Valley who think the weather is very cold, they should talk to the Old Timers!

No doubt when Cecil and Earl Pascoe see the ice along the river’s edge these days they are reminded of the days in the past when they had a trap line going during the winter,  The base camp was at Coral Creek.  One year the river completely froze over and they were able to walk across to the other side, making the traps easily accessible.

Some years later they were caught by an unexpected heavy storm while looking for their horses in order to move them to the lower elevations for the winter.  They were so glad to have Monroe George with them as Cecil swears he saved their lives.  Monroe George was one of the best Indian Trappers in this part of the country.  He had trap lines in the high mountains during the winter and in the summer, and he was in partnership with Mr. Howe in a packing station at Fairview.

The snow became too deep and they couldn’t make it out by night fall, so they had to make camp there.  To keep warm, rocks were thrown into the fire.  They dug holes in the snow and then fished the heated rocks out of the fire and placed them in the holes dug in the earth.  Their blankets were thrown over the rocks and instead of freezing to death as Cecil thought would happen, they remained warm and comfortable all night in their “holes in the snow.”

During another winter,  Old Kernville received 18 inches of snow during one storm.  The snow remained frozen for almost a month.  The town looked like one might see in any Eastern State during their winter snow.  Everyone had dug out their walk ways leading from the street to their front doors and around the house to the back door.  The streets had one “rut” in the middle where those brave enough or of a necessity had to use their cars, could make it to their destination, usually in low gear and with chains!

Water pipes were all encased in wooden boxes filled with sawdust from the A. Brown Company’s sawmill.  The spickets sticking out of the boxes were well wrapped with burlap sacking BEFORE the cold season arrived.

Before water was piped into the houses, most homes had hand pumps on their back porches.  Sometimes even these inside pumps would freeze up and it would be necessary to take a teakettle full of hot water to pour down the holes in the top of the pump to get them thawed and pumping water again.

The Old Timers who went through those winters of the past probably consider this cold weather just “frost on the pumpkins”.                   

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Real Names of Famous People

 

        We Know / Knew Them As:                                                                       But Their Real Name Is / Was:

           Ashley Judd                                                                                                                                           Ashley Tyler Ciminella

          Bob Hope                                                                                                                                               Leslie Townes Hope

          Cary Grant                                                                                                                                             Archibald Alexander Leach

          Charlie Sheen                                                                                                                                       Carlos Irwin Estevez

          Patsy Cline                                                                                                                                            Virginia Patterson Hensley

          Dean Martin                                                                                                                                         Dino Crocetti

          Elton John                                                                                                                                             Reginald Kenneth Dwight

          Tony Curtis                                                                                                                                          Bernard Schwartz

          Harry Houdini                                                                                                                                     Ehrich Weiss

          John Denver                                                                                                                                        Henry John Deutschendorf Jr.

         John Wayne                                                                                                                                          Marion Michael Morrison

          Judy Garland                                                                                                                                       Frances Gumm

          Kirk Douglas                                                                                                                                       Issur Danielovitch Demsky

          Stevie Wonder                                                                                                                                    Steveland Morris

          Stewart Granger                                                                                                                                Jimmy (James) Stewart

 

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Havilah Historical Society & Museum

6789 Caliente-Bodfish Road, Havilah, CA 93518

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$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