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formally opened.

May 3 — The Merchants' Free Street Carnival opens with Queen Tessie
on the throne. The coronation ball is held on Monday night, and the week
is given over to mirth and gaiety. Governor Gage visits the city on the last
day of the carnival.

May 7 — Oil companies talk of building a railroad to Maricopa with pri-
vate capital. «''

May 11 — The school census shows 2011 boys and 1911 girls of school
age in the county.

May 21 — Pipe is being delivered for the Standard Oil Company's pipe
line to Point Richmond.

May 22 — Ben Thomas is putting in a pump irrigation plant at Delano
at a cost of $1200.

May 25 — Company G wins a prize as the most efficient company in the
regiment.

July 4 — The Kern County Democrats hold a "non-partisan" Fourth of
July celebration with a big barbecue on West Nineteenth street.

August 3 — The first carload of materials for the Kern River Power Com-
pany's canal is delivered.

September 3 — The first Labor Day celebration is held in Bakersfield.

Many plans are discussed for building a railroad to Ventura and a meet-
ing is held to consider a railroad to Kernville. None of these plans have yet
materialized.

October 17 — Dr. George C. Pardee speaks in Bakersfield. Governor
Gage speaks at the opera house. A hot political campaign, both state and
county, is in progress.

December 4 — A petition is in circulation asking that the legislature create
a second department of the superior court. The movement was successful,
and late in the next spring Governor Pardee appointed Paul W. Bennett to
the new office, a position which he filled continuousl}' until his death in the
summer of 1913.

January 7, 1903 — Sheriff John W. Kelly closes the illegal gambling
games which previously had been running wide open.

March 24 — The Associated Oil Company starts work on a 470,000 barrel
earthen reservoir in the Kern river field.

April 19 — The outlaw, James McKinney, after being tracked from Visalia
through the mountains to Arizona and back to Bakersfield, is killed in a
battle with officers on Sunday morning about 9:30 o'clock in the Chinese
joss house on L street between Twenty-first and Twenty-second streets.
Marshal T. J. Packard and Deputy Sheriff W. E. Tibbet are shot and killed by
McKinney and an associate supposed to be Al Hulse, in whose room in the
joss house the outlaw was hiding. Hulse is arrested, and B. M. Tibbet, who
shot McKinney, is appointed marshal by the city trustees.



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April 27 — The Native Sons of the Golden West hold their state parlor
in Bakersfield.

August 22 — City election ballots are stolen from a vault in the city clerk's
office to prevent their being recounted in a contest filed by E. P. Davis against
the election of T. J. Packard as city marshal. The thieves took the ballots
to a lonely gully east of Kern city and partly destroyed them by fire. J. T.
Wells, a rancher hauling hogs to town before daylight in the morning, saw
the fire and two men with a buggy. He reported to Constable Stroble, who,
with Marshal Ham Farris of Kern, went out and found the ballots on the
24th and placed them in the safe in Justice Marion's office. The theft was
not made public until September 10th.

November 10— The trial of Al Hulse begins in Judge Mahon's court.

November 20 — The San Joaquin Valley Federation of Woman's Clubs
meets in Bakersfield.

December 15 — The city trustees decide on the intersection of Chester ave-
nue and Seventeenth street as the site for the Beale memorial clock tower.

January 5, 1904 — The election contest of E. P. Davis against T. J. Packard
comes to a hearing before Judge Mahon after long delay, despite the death of
Packard and the burning of the ballots, and Davis is declared elected by a vote
of 442 to 445. Davis lost one vote and Packard nine in the hearing.

January 15 — H. A. Jastro is elected vice president of the National Live-
stock Association. Later he served several times as president.

.A.pril 15 — G. P. Cornell, one of the men who were wounded in the Mid-
way battle of April 18, 1901, enraged at the outcome of a preliminary exami-
nation of men against whom he had brought a charge of deadly assault, fired
seven shots from a Colt's automatic revolver at Dr. A. F. Schafer and E. J.
Boust, one bullet passing through Boust's coat and the others flying wild
about Nineteenth street in front of the Arlington hotel, where Cornell was
standing at the time. One shot drew blood on the leg of a salesman stand-
ing in the door of Weill's department store and another struck the shoe of
John Herrick, who was standing in front of the Alagnolia saloon.

Alay 16 — The Knights of Pythias and Rathbone Sisters hold their state
conventions in Bakersfield.

May 25 — The second trial of Al Hulse for the murder of Packard and
Tibbet begins. Hulse was convicted, but committed suicide several years
later while still waiting in the county jail for the result of an appeal. He
never went to prison.

November 2 — The Independent Oil Producers' Agency files articles of
incorporation.

November 8 — Roosevelt carries Kern county and the Republicans elect
an assemblyman, judge and two supervisors. Chairman E. M. Roberts of
the Democratic -county committee presents Chairman J. W. Wiley of the
Republican committee with a new broom, which is hung out of the window
of the Republican headquarters.

November 19— The Eagles celebrate the fourth anniversary of the found-
ing of the Bakersfield aerie.

November 23 — The Independent Oil Producers' Agency completes its
organization and the member companies sign over to the agency leases cover-
ing $25,000,000 worth of property.

November 28 — The post office is moved to its present location in the
Southern Hotel building on I street.

December — Water is giving serious trouble in the Kern river oil field.



164 HISTORY OF KERN COUNTY

December 20 — A campaign against the dance halls is in progress.

December 29 — Litigation between the irrigating canal companies and the
power development companies is settled and Judge Bennett issues a decree
perpetually enjoining the Kern River Power Company from building storage
reservoirs or from diverting water from Kern river except for power develop-
ment purposes.

December 30 — Water is turned through the Kern River Power Company's
tunnel and power plant and electricity is carried to Los Angeles to run the
street cars.

January 4, 1905 — The county supervisors let the contract to the Edison
Electric Company to build the road up Kern river canon for $21,000.

January 9 — The city trustees begin hearing a protest against the open
dance halls, and on January 16th, after a stormy session of the board, Trustee
R. McDonald left the meeting and the other trustees declined to renew the
licenses of the saloons having dance houses in connection. Mayor
H. H. Fish ordered the marshal to close the saloons having no
licenses, but the saloons evaded the issue by selling soft drinks only. The
dance hall cases were carried from the trustees to the city recorder's court,
and the jury disagreed. The dance hall keepers applied to the superior court
for a writ of mandate to compel the trustees to issue them liquor licenses,
but the writ was finally refused.

March 5 — Knights of Columbus lodge instituted.

]\Iarch 25 — The Catholics make plans for the new St. Francis church,
which is to cost $40,000.

April 9 — The new First Baptist church is dedicated.

April 12 — The Salvation Army buys a lot at K and Twentieth street.
, Free mail delivery is to be established in Kern in June.

April 10 — In the city election R. McDonald wins over H. H. Fish by a
vote of 630 to 387, and Mayor Fish, in retiring from the board, declares that
the election is a victory for the "wide open town."

April 25 — The new board of city trustees reconsiders the action of the
old board in refusing to issue licenses to the saloons having dance halls in
connection. It is declared that the dance halls will not be allowed to run,
but they are gradually reopened.

The Redmen are raising $5000 for a Fourth of July celebration.

May 1 — The Santa Fe railroad has bought the Chanslor-Canfield
Midway Oil Company's great holding of oil lands at Midway.

May 1— H. A. Jastro, on behalf of the Kern County Land Company,
tenders the city thirty acres of land in the western part of the city for a
public park on condition that the city spend at least $3000 per year in im-
provements until a total of at least $30,000 is expended. The city accepted
the tender, but did not comply with the terms, and the land was withdrawn
by the donor.

May 12 — Plans are submitted for the Elks' building on South Chester.

June 2— Burglars roll the safe out of the Santa Fe depot and across the
street and maul it open with sledge hammers stolen from the section crew's
tool box. Never apprehended.

June 17— Kern river is shipping little oil, but is storing a lot.

June 24 — The jury finds E. P. Cornell not guilty of assault to kill E. J.
Boust.

July 4 — The Redmen's Fourth of July celebration is a great success.
Mrs. Frank Fether is Goddess of Liberty, Miss Flo Massa represents Cah-



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fornia, and Aliss Buxton represents Kern count}' in the big parade. Gov-
ernor Pardee delivers the oration.

August 15 — Scribner"s opera house and adjoining builditiiis burn and a
loud complaint concerning the fire department and the water supply results
in a reorganization of the fire company.

August 21 — The Standard Oil Company is pumping oil into its big
earthen reservoirs west of the Kern river field at the rate of 30,000 barrels
per day.

September 1 — The Southern Pacific is corrugating the pipe for its pipe
line between the Kern river field and Delano.

October 12 — The dance halls are trying to get permission to run all night
Saturday nights and until 3 o'clock in the morning other nights.

November 14 — The county supervisors decide to build a new high school
building to supplement the old one. The cost is estimated at $50,000.

December 23 — The Public Ownership party is organized by Charles P.
Fox and W. D. Young, and during the meeting, which is held in the court
house, the heaviest earthquake shock felt in Bakersfield in many years occurs.

January 16, 1906 — The corner stone of the new St. Francis church is laid
by Bishop Conaty, who delivers an address in the open air to a great gathering
of people.

April 3 — Rev. A. M. Shaw, president of the Law and Order League of
Kern County, issues a statement declaring war 'on the dance halls, but some
years more elapse befure they are finalh^ closed, not to reopen.

April A — The Allison Machinery Company installs a steam plant to
furnish steam heat to downtown business houses.

April 8 — The Buckeye Refinery is making kerosene oil in the Kern river
field.

April 17 — Plans are drawn for the Bakersfield opera house.

April 19 — A mass meeting is held at Armory hall to draft plans in aid
of the San Francisco fire sufferers and $2777 is subscribed by the citizens
present.

May 27 — Kern river reaches the highest point since 1893.

May 30 — The contract between the Independent Oil Producers' Agency
and the Associated Oil Company expires and producers begin shutting down
their wells on account of the low price of oil.

July 4 — The Bakersfield Board of Trade makes an excursion to the Ama-
lie mining district which is showing renewed activity.

July 7 — The Masons have placed a six-ton granite boulder in the center
of their plot in Union cemetery.

August 11 — Plans for the Santa Fe's new round house are announced.

August 23 — Bakersfield's assessment roll totals $3,147,213.

September — Northern Kern county farmers will get $300,000 for wheat
grown on 30,000 acres.

September 3 — The Brodek block at Nineteenth and K streets is burned.
Loss $41,000.

September 9 — Bakersfield trustees adopt plans
calculated to serve a population of 20.000 people.

September 10 — Bakersfield city schools open
schools, 415.

September 29 — The new St. Francis Catholic
pletion.

October 14 — Al Hulse, partner of Outlaw McKinney in the joss house
battle of April 19, 1903, commits suicide in the county jail where he is await-



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ing the result of his appeal from the superior court, where he was convicted
of murder.

October 25 — S. C. Smith and C. A. Barlow, candidates for congress
from the eighth district, hold a joint debate on the issues of the campaign
at Armory hall, and one of the largest audiences that ever attended a po-
litical meeting in Bakersfield is present.

November 2 — Stud poker games are closed by Sheriff Kelley's order.

November 5 — The new Bakersfield opera house is opened with Checkers,
a character play.

November 6 — The Democrats carry the county by pluralities ranging
from 400 to 1000.

November 11 — Gen. William R. Shafter, commander in chief of the San-
tiago campaign in the Spanish-American war, died at the home of his son-
in-law, Capt. W. H. ]\IcKittrick, fifteen miles south of Bakersfield.

November 13 Bakersfield trustees are discussing dollar gas to no

effect.

November 17 — Delano ranchers have filled the warehouses and have
thousands of sacks of wheat piled in the streets waiting shipment.

November 23 — After a two days' session in the Kern river fields the
Independent Oil Producers Agency closes a contract to sell to the Associated
Oil Company 950,000 barrels of stored oil at twenty-five cents, and all its
product for the ensuing year, estimated at 2,555,000 barrels at twenty-seven
and one-half cents.

December 6 — The shortage of cars for handling oil is causing agitation
for the passage of the "Texas car law."

December 7 — Lindsay B. Hicks and five other miners are buried alive
by the collapse of the Edison Power Company's shaft in the Kern river
cafion.

December 11 — News reaches Bakersfield that Hicks is still alive and
work of rescuing him is begun.

December 15 — Committee of Home Extension Association inspects
Wasco land and decides to locate a colony there.

December 22 — Hicks is rescued after sixteen days' imprisonment in the
collapsed power shaft and the town of Bakersfield goes wild with jo}-.

December 27 — Hicks makes his first appearance on the stage at the
Armory and is a decided failure as a footlight hero.

January 14, 1907 — City trustees order an election to vote bonds as fol-
lows: For a new sewer system, $120,000; for a city hall and site, $50,000;
for the improvement of city parks, $30,000.

January 19 — Geologists estimate the original oil deposits of the San
Joaquin valley fields at 1,254,000,000 barrels, of which 112,000,000 barrels
have been taken out.

January 18 — Cornerstone of Oil Center Congregational church is laid.
^^^ '\\\ Rlley, pastor.

January 18 — Woodmen of the World initiate sixty candidates.

January 25 — The Porter-Higgins Company buys 2000 acres north of De-
lano and a large acreage east of Bakersfield, and plans to bring colonists
from the east.

February 1 — One hundred and ninety families secure allotments of land
in Wasco Colony.

February 6 — State Federation of Woman's Clubs begins its sixth annual
session in the First IMethodist church.

February 8 — Mrs. E. D. Buss of Bakersfield is elected president of the
State Federation of Woman's Clubs.

February 10 — The Standard is pa)'ing thirty cents for Alidway oil.

February 18 — The price of highballs, Tom and Jerrys, all case goods and



HISTORY OF KERN COUNTY 167

fanc)- drinks is raised to twelve and one-halt cents by Bakersfield thirst em-
poriums.

March 22— Cosmopolitan hotel block burns, loss $25,000.

March 25 — A $120,000 bond issue for building a new sewer system car-
ries by a vote of 499 to 91.

iMarch 26 — The $30,000 bond issue for improving city parks is defeated
by a vote of 321 to 219. It needed two-thirds to carry.

I\Iarch 27— The $50,000 city hall bonds are defeated by a vote of 16 for
and 213 against.

April 15 — J. E. Bailey becomes mayor of Bakersfield. Truxtun Beale
tenders two-black park to the city.

April 16 — City trustees begin investigation of fire department that re-
sults in retirement of Chief Willow and nearly all the old firemen.

April 16 — African Methodist conference for Northern California meets
in Bakersfield.

April 21 — Consolidation of Bakersfield and Kern is under discussion.

April 22 — ]\lany burglaries occur in Bakersfield.

Ma}- 6 — The sixth regiment, N. G. C, is mustered out and Company G
goes with it.

May 15 — The Edison Electric Company's first power plant in Kern river
canon is put in commission.

May 16 — A month's course of lectures at the \Voman's Club hall by
State University professors is begun. Truxtun Beale, who pays the expenses
of the course, proposes to make it an annual affair.

May 24 — The Bakersfield Club is drawing plans for a club building.

May 28 — State Aerie of Eagles meets in Bakersfield.

May 31 — Burglars crack Attorney Clafiin's safe with a sledge hammer
and trj' to enter three other offices in the Bank of Bakersfield building.

June 11 — Colored Mason's grand lodge meets in Bakersfield. Illegal gam-
bling is being suppressed.

June 21 — A petition for the consolidation of Bakersfield and Kern is put
in circulation.

July 3 — The east levee of Buena Vista lake breaks and floods the old
swamp lands to the east border of Kern lake, doing damage estimated at
$250,000.

July 11 — Southern Pacific will continue its pipe line to Port Costa.

July 12 — J. W. \\''iley is appointed code commissioner.

July 15 — Work of repairing break in Buena Vista levee begins.

July 20 — Judge Paul \A'. Bennett is acting as trustee to secure titles from
the government to Havilah town lots. Havilah was built on unsurveyed
land, and the residents have held their lots all these years by right of occu-
pation only.

July 20 — Mr. and ]\Irs. S. J. Swift, driving a Ford auto from Los Angeles
to San Francisco on their wedding trip, let the empty machine run off the
grade in Tejon canon and fall eighty feet to the bottom. Swift, who is a
machinist, rebuilds the car with an old saw, an axe, a jack knife and a lot of
bailing wire and drives it into town, making a record in emergency auto re-
pairing.

August 6 — Trustees sell sewer bonds to Los Angeles Trust Company
for par and accrued interest to date of delivery.

August 9 — Enormous deposits of rich ore uncovered in Clear Creek
canon.

August 11 — Destructive forest fire burns over several thousand acres in
the Greenhorn mountain.

August 31 — Sunset Road Oil Company makes contract with the Salt



168 HISTORY OF KERN COUNTY

Lake Road to supply them with fuel oil for a period of five years at thirty
to fifty cents.

September 1-1 — Eight hundred pupils are enrolled in the city schools.

September 17 — Illegal gambling closed again.

September 18 — Kern county oil takes prize at the State Fair.

September 20 — Eagles hold first meeting in new hall.

September 25 — The pipe organ for the Episcopal church arrives.

October 1 — Trustees order census of Kern and Bakersfield in prepara-
tion for consolidation,

October 10 — Truxtun Beale presents to trustees plans for a Greek the-
atre to be built in Beale park. It is built later at Beale's expense.

October 22 — A valuable collection of pictures, the gift of Truxtun Beale,
was placed in the new high school building.

October 27 — Census returns for the city of Bakersfield, 7,338, and for
Kern, 3,422.

October 31 — The first tract is sold in the Mountain View Colony.

November 5 — The contract for the Hall of Records is let to Weymouth
Crowell of Los Angeles for $44,340.

November 14— Thomas B. Larson, a pioneer of Linns Valley district
dies in San Francisco aged eighty-two years.

December 4 — Trustees call for bids for sewer construction. M. W. Buff-
ington qualifies as city engineer.

December 5 — Supervisors plan to raise saloon tax from $100 to $300.

December 8 — Work begins on Greek theatre.

December 19 — The Bakersfield band is organized.

December 31 — Thirty-one thousand acres of the Cox ranch sold.

January 1, 1908 — The Santa Fe is finishing its new thirty-five-stall round
house.

January 7 — City trustees let contract to Glass & Fisher to build new
sewer system for $53,877.

January 10 — City trustees call Bakersfield and Kern consolidation elec-
tion for February 25th.

January 11 — F. A. Tracy, pioneer, dies.

January 11 — Congressman Smith has introduced a bill to provide a post
ofiice building for Bakersfield and the post office department has asked for
statistics regarding the town and the business of the ofiice.

January 1-^1 — W. S. Tevis files libel suit against San Francisco Bulletin.

January 31 — The Independent Agency is standing pat on its demand for
seventy-five cents per barrel from the Associated. First meeting is held to
organize a branch of the Lincoln-Roosevelt League in Bakersfield.

Februar}' 11 — The ^^'oman's club plans to issue bonds to cover its in-
debtedness of $2400.

February 18 — I\Iayor Bailey introduces an ordinance to reduce the price
of gas to $1. It never passed, but it caused a long controversy and great ex-
pectations.

February 19 — Independent Oil Producers Agency closes contract with
the Associated for the sale of its oil for two years at sixty and one-half cents
for the first year and sixty-three for the second year.

February 25 — The first election for the cpnsolidating of Bakersfield and
Kern is carried in Bakersfield but is lost in Kern.

March 4 — Disorderly saloons are under investigation and Trustee
Everett St. Clair promises to introduce the afterward famous St. Clair ordi-
nance, to close dance halls and side and rear entrances of the saloons.

March 9 — St. Clair ordinances are introduced at a meeting attended by
the largest audience the city trustees ever had.

March 11 — Municipal reform is the chief talk of the town.



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March 13 — Lincoln-Roosevelt League organized b)- Chester H. Rowell.

March 16 — St. Clair ordinances are passed.

March 17 — Santa Fe round house is accepted.

March 20 — Walter Stiern and Drurj' Wieman win third intercollegiate
debate for Kern county high school, making three annual viccories for the
local school.

March 23 — Illegal gambling gets "another death blow."

!March 23 — The Tliomas flyer. America's car in the International New
York to Paris automobile race, goes through Bakersfield.

March 24 — It is announced that a railroad will be built from Los Ange-
les to San Francisco via the Tejon canon and the west side oil fields. (It
has not yet materialized.)

March 26 — Oil men meet to urge passage of Smith oil land bill.

March 31 — To the tune of "Auld Lang Syne," "Home Sweet Home" and
"There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight." the dance halls closed
at midnight in compliance with the St. Clair ordinance. The Owl and Stand-
ard will continue to sell soft drinks.

April 5 — Gambling is in full blast again.

April 7 — Soft drink dance halls are dull.

April 13 — Woman's Club urges park improvement.

April 13 — It is announced that City Trustee George A. Tilton will resign
from the board as the result of an efifort to get him to introduce amendments
to the St. Clair ordinances.

April 16 — Labor council endorses Trustee Tilton and petitions are in cir-
culation asking the trustees to appoint G. J. Planz to the expected vacancy.
Fred Gunther is also advanced as a candidate for the place.

April 21 — Trustee Tilton resigned.

April 27 — The Wasco Congregationalists are building a church.

April 28 — The Delunega stage and four horses roll 200 feet down a cliff.
The passengers jump and escape with varying degrees of injury.

April 30 — Kern city is discussing municipal water works, but never
takes final action.

May 2 — The Order of Owls, Bakersfield Nest, is organized with twenty-
one charter members.

May 2 — Ardizzi-Olcese plant five acres to oranges on the Kern Heights.

May 3 — R. G. Hill, cattleman of Tehachapi, buys twenty-five sections of
the Towne ranch.

May 5 — Second movement for consolidation of Bakersfield and Kern
starts with petitions circulating in both towns.

May 7 — The funeral of Wellington Canfield, pioneer ranch ciwner, is



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