Bert Tibbet Obituary Bakersfield Californian 9 Jun 1939, p. 1 c. 1
— * IDT TIBBET, !, MEN ' BYJP B ERT TIBBET, member of one of Bakersfield's oldest oldest families and with a historic historic record as a peace officer in Kern county, passed away at the family residence, 416 I street, this morning after a 10 months' illness. Funeral services will bo held at 10:30 o'clock Monday morning at the Flickinger-Digier Chapel and interment interment will take place in the family plot In Union Cemetery. Berton Mills Tibbet was a native of Bakersfield, born in 1876 at the original Tibbet homesile, just south of this city. Ho was educated In the public schools of Bnkersfield and when he grew to manhood be- cariie associated with the sheriff's office and with the constabulary of the sixth township, which included .the city of Bakersfield. It was in that connection that ho played a prominent and heroic part in the slaying of McKinney, the outlaw, •who a few moments before had shot to death his brother, W, E. Tibbet, the father of Lawrence Tibbet, mous Metropolitan baritone. On K Street fa- The tragedy occurred at a joss house on K street near Twenty-first in Old Chinatown. McKinney had recently been acquitted on a murder :charge in Bakersfield and made his way to his old home in Porterville, where he killed another man and escaped escaped to Arizona. But after two years and the commission of a third crime he returned to California and officers here heard of him as being in the South' Fork country. A posse was sent on his trail. McKinney made his way down the Kern River canyon into Bakersfield and was hidden hidden in the joss house by a friend, Al Hulse, whose life later came to a tragic end in. the county jail. Bert Tibbet was one of the posse that surrounded surrounded the joss house and his brother, brother, Will, in company with City Marshal T. J. Packard, went into tho back entrance seeking the hunted man. McKinney shot them both to death and was 1n turn killed by Bert Tibbot who w« s stationed in the rear of the house. Elected Marshal Following this tragedy, Mr. Tibbet Tibbet was elected City Marshal of Bakersfield and subsequently was a deputy under different law.,enforce- 'ment administrations, both in this city and upon tho West, Side. In later years the deceased maintained a detective office, first on the West Side and later in this city, and became became widely known throughout the •tate. An Interesting feature in connection connection with this tragedy had to do With the recent visit of Lawrence Tibbet to this city. At his Uncle Bert's home the latter produced the gun Which had beon used to slay his father's slayer and the baritone car[\-2 rled the gift with' him to his home In New York. • * Besides his widow, Mrs. Florence Tibbet, Mr. Tibbet is survived by — three sons, Berton Tibbet, Jr., of *»asadena; Jack Tibbet of Tnft, arid Harry Tibbet of this city. He also is survived by two sisters and a brother, Mrs, Eliza Hoke of Venice; 'Mrs. Emma Larsan of Bakersfield, and Edward Tibbot, Bakersfield. Surviving grandchildren are Betty and Donald Tibbot, children of , T ack Tibbet; Nancy, Gloria, Borton III, Marjorle Ann nnrt Alberta Tibbet, children of Borton Tibbot, Jr., and Neville Lynn, tho daughter of Harry Tibbet. Mr. Tibbot'B pnronls, tho late TCd- ward and Rebokah Tibbot. came over the plains by oxcart In 1864 from Ohio. In addition to bin otbor interests. Mr. Tibbet bocarno connected with tho development of mining and oil Jaads. The Reverend Orovcr Ralston will deliver the eulogy. .