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THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIA!* COUNTY OFFERS UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES IN EVERY WALK OF LIFE Bakersfield the Fair of the Valley City '• so the steam fitting and cornice work. He secured the contract and did the ! plumbing In the new County High j School, Hall of Records, and in short, ; be has done most of tin: big Jobs in ibis line that have been done in Bak.' ersfle.ld. He carries a lai-e stock of i plumbers' supplies and Is prepared .at any time to figure arid execute iC<.i.tinned From Pap? One.) the work on any sized job of plumb- irTT-Tn,";TTi^rs^nr^TT^n"! ln * or stenm fittlng - Ht> *mpioy B m ,he behold-,-, "This 18 no mean city-I 1 "" '«*«"•?. *""' h ^f™" q " arter it is No city in the state of a clt >' lj!wk - ten sklllerl wor Hraen And true Jias tht natural advantages that Bakersfield ha.i. In 'he county nre some of the rich- eft n.ining districts In the whole country, awaiting development, while millions annually are taken from our great oil reservoirs. This industry Is ctily in its infancy and he who looks can si" the day coming when we will look back and say "Who would have thought our oil fields were so large!" With the advent of new settlers, Etw acres will be put into cultivation, until every acre of the valley will be producing its quota of vegetables mtat and grain to feed the vast ar- miss that will be working in the factories that will be established here because of our cheap fuel. Bakersfield has a splendid future and he whu buys a borne here now on one of her beautifully shaded avenues or a business lot on on* 1 of the well paved thoroughfares, the day when his p regularly, and oftlmes this number Is doubled In executing large orders. The importance, to our oil men and citizens gnerally, of having such a manufacturing establishment in our midst cannot be over-estimated. The demand for tanks of various sizes In the oil fields is imperative and when they are needed It is a gratification indeed to know, that what is wanted can be constructed here at home. The office and store room-of the establishment is located at the corner of Twentieth and I streets and here can be secured anything that Is needed In the lines carried at prices that are right, and work executed is guar- anted to be satisfactory. R. A. Moore. Bakersfield's Public Schools Best in State By Miss Virginia Jamesoa, The people of. this community have always taken a deep Interest In the education of their children. Immediately after the arrival of the first settlers In the vicinity of Bakersfield steps were taken for the establishment of a school. • ------- ....... ---- ' ioi£ iu itif coin mouse the principal violent excitement one day by a rat- j woul(1 go> flowed by the older boys, t!«>snaUc. He had crawled in under j of(en m)t tQ retum tll] ttu , a f, e rnoon th.- !<>[.>• and 'ay ''oiled up in the mi' 1 ' < seS ston began This interest in l,i\v frecniently children ehrdlu caused Mr. Prewett to he oblivious of (':,• el ihf room when the di-. ovr<! Hi.in Sui hatunutlt dj,,-,\-i :••. d him. Sin h ' A tumult: The | n)a , s , lmnln di !U :s. One morning he youngsters, rtished from the room in I r0 (|p «s t/siia) to school, tied his horse a i;u)i"-all hut o:;e of the biggest \ in j ts ;icc , IB ton ,,.,i place In front .of the boys. He killed tin- snake and then j j ot alul wag H ..,,iy to enter the buljd- tiie others were persuaded to come ing, when, Ilftlus his eyes, he saw with iai- little but one- for weeks after that the sat with feet drawn up under them on the benches, fearful of another visitation, while the teach- never recovered from the nervous er astonishment that there was no house before him. Ii had been burned to the ground the night before. This was on the 5th of June, 1877. The next term, beginning in Octo- shock. Her healUi failed soon after ; bpri 1S77 Wi|H nel(1 In tne o]( ] and she cave up teaching. The first appropriation of public money for the support of the Bak- ersfleld school was made in '69. In March Colonel A. R. Jackson, brother In 186?. five families lived within aT f M , ss Llu , } . openc d a four months' radius of a mile from the center of'term In a !'ttie frame building on the the. present town. The children of farm of Mrs. Rebecca Tibbet, a mile school house on I street, under J. H. Berry, assisted by Miss Ella Said. During the summer of 1878 a two Religious Bodies of Bakersfield Edgar R. Fuller, M. A., B. D. While these twin cities—Bakersfield' and Kern—can hardly be considered a religious paradise! yet the lending branches of the church universal nre well represented and doing, earnest work. Sabatler's dictum that "man la Incurably religious" while undoubtedly true, finds expression In widely vary- tht'He pioneers were taught free at her own home, for a term of two months, by Mrs. F. A. Tracy, then wimlow southwest of town. This house was an improvement on the old log stnic-' nire —it had a wooden floor and a I the wife of Colonel T. A. Baker. During the summer of '69 the brick i 11 live to see iso will bring more per front foot than he will now have to pay I'm 1 the whole lot. This has In en the experience of men in towns with none of the natural advantages Hakcrslbdd < tijoys. Why will it not come to us here where. the Creator has done MI much? It will, and soon he who does not Invest will be in tin- position of the fellow who has lived in Ixjs Angeles and bile KCMI lots worth S-l"'' i-'o to $i'iOOO per iroii' tool. Now is the tin.''- to buy aud any buy is n yood one. Y' only to wi'in^ by not buying. Union Ice Company. walls of pickets. Could A business when stands very prominent in the public .eye at present is that of real estate and investments in this part of the San Joaquin valley, and home seekers of less favored sections throughout the middle western states have at law opened their eyes to the fact that Kern county is one j of the most Inviting centers. AK a j result sonic of our leading business j men and successful ranchers have | embarked in this lino of work. A man I that has acquired an enviable reputation in this field Is H. A. Moore, who i I"' 1 '— Tno The house stood on Nineteenth school house on Twelfth and I streets street on the spot which was the «•«* completed, and in the fall Col- home of the family for twenty-six years. There was but one room, the had by floor of earth, the roof of tules, the (uitjon WHg Jrec< and soon their ch ,, d . | one] Jackson opened school there, i The Mexicans living near the town i A HOME OF LONG AGO re>n were enrolled. Two brothers- story brick building of four rooms was built on the Truxtun avenue site and we have looked into that Arujo by name-one living on the I , n October j G Um i e rwood, assisted humble "home in the autumn of "63 we 1 ,""* half-way house, between i Dakersfield and Kern, the other at might have seen eight bare-footed j , he 0 , d a( , obe On Unkm , avenue near ihe cemetery, had each fifteen child- . hjg opene(] gchoo , thcfe w|th children, ranging in ages from four | to twelve, seated on overturned box- ( . es, one turning the leaves of a Bi-! needed to swell the roll to ninety. ren. Not many such families were an enrollment of 89. Mr. Underwood and his wife were retained for two years. I j n i In 18SO there were about 90 pupils searching for the big A's; anoth-; of '70 weremany scanning the pages of a news pa- Sacramento Vnlon-ln in attendance and Callie Gilbert was ' under the two teachers. In 1895 the ' attendance Ing types. Hero the disease Is deep- seated but not dangerous. All have been exposed, yet thus far It has never taken a malignant form nor become epidemic. Organized Christian work Is no more natural to the unsettled conditions of pioneer days, than Christian character Is strengthened by the belief sen to assist Colonel Jackson/The of ten Barters. During this period the teacher was Mrs. Isabel Lennox. « oh ° o1 was .. succe ! slve '? . u " de ' ?• that the tluee degrees of getting on ,u ' • are — uositve cet on' for Hi years was a successful rancher, ' <|iicst of B's; two sm^ll urchins pair- ' School opened in October, '70, and This it nip points ii.-.ian\ v.as oru n\' a ceniury at I a • .-iici ai es, and died tlie C-OlliU'.'.lllil in the San .l<i.ni>iin a of a -, !.!le,i mill (! ami t ';. tons ii )S l-l i elll There i- ta, i.• •:"•! "pn in Calil'orni i tir.'-n i- tb-- -'.in' <>• Union Ice ( umpany ai Hal.. : -tiebl. equipment is on such a !ar->- and '• prehensiv»- sea.'' lUa' i' ' -aiia !..:'. half Of the ice business (.1 '.'•.:•• valley. Ice is slilpped from i: Los Angeles j.nd in al) points in tin- valley. '1'bey have ice >-toriig'' <•:•; .'<'- lly for r.7'"i tons. r,,.l.e:>-fi, id has ceverr.l Urge nianufaeuulrig «-t.-.li- Jishnnnts and will becau-e <,.;' l,.,i cheap fuel have many nior« j in the near tutuie. and ihe sticce^ v'u,d>- by tliis establishment is or.'- «.! il.e best «-vid< nc' s that the city is \\< -.-• tilled to become a liiaiiufucturiiig center. Our people feel very proud cf their i Rousseau, 18X0-82; Mr. Metcalf, 18SIJ; Alfred Han-ell, 1SS4-87; Mr. Ingram, 1888; Alfred Harrell, 1SS9; C. N. Mills, 1890-!i2; J. W. Kvans, 1S93-95. In 1S'% the school was given in charge of D. \V. Nelson, the present incumbent, whose efficient manage- ., get honest. Not all our people are examples of the fact that it is butter to live rich than to die rich; yet a more generous, joyous, self-reliant people It would be hard to find. The distorted .statements uelleved in the east concerning the social and. religious life in tills "the far West," men during the past, ten years, has S01 . oly m>0;1 Correction. But why talk placed the i;al;oi)sfield schools among ,, f t!u . ,,. lst w i, ( , n , r,,, ,,,iles of travel ! the foremost in the state. w ill , ak(1 on( , ilU() S( , cti(mK whore rvi.-i;i;; many bolieyo the climatic and moral he as- ' condition.-; heto an 1 almost eon/iin •,i> i.ili. ruin 10 ln-alHi and character, Blessed .!-. \vas ai' 1 ' l!l >' ignorant since they arc happy 'in ihe conceit t'.-a' they I,now evcry- ; thiir.;. I' ia ani-i.-iiu; 10 see how people l.r.'kei that human na'.'ire is t!n> .-•I.in- in all a.'i'-i. Our people i o: ma'un;; lliis M-C: i o;-a;o|Milit,ni. i; iu Andovcr an 1 of our people ai< j that they do no! ' ' « an s STREET SCENE IN BAKERSFIELD and, during that time, practically dem- ( fully copying digits on some brown continued for seven months, with a ' smaller enrollment. In October, '71, Mr. A. B. McPherson took charge of the school. He held the position for two terms and was succeeded by the superintendent of schools, Ixmis Beardsley, with Miss Ella Said as assistant. Miss Rena Richards, a teacher from Stockton, followed Mr. Beards- ey, opening the school in Septem- onsirated the fact that this was the natural home of the orange. He planted the first orchard of this character in ibis jiait of the valley and brought: oin the fact tiiiit they could not only In ff.i-y would compare favorably with trull L r rowii in localities that com- rnaiid a lancy price. These facts place Mr, .Moore where he is acknowledged to be not only an authority on horticulture, bin general farm tag as [ ''''• 1 - iool<K wtm! few ln Kl ' rn County well. The valuable knowledge thus j '» ''"'«<•' <1">- S - slates fewer, BO the gained, and the high regard in which j Ingenious teacher had made her own his opinions'are held throughout this charts, letters and figures, cut from ;ilue to I newspapers and pasted on boards. paper with pencils scarcely an Inch long, while the rest of the clasrf, leaning forward, were studying intently something hanging raised at a L-ood profit, tint that on the wall. This something proves to be a chart of the alphabet Qjaiie by i IK; slender little woman who is standing before the chiitirtn, pointing now to one letter, now to anoth- gpleudid ice factory. r i lie inanag* -J s« cUoii. is of inestimable \i< ineut has alwu\s been along lil.t-r:.l j lilisi in his realty work. And for a j These were th lines and has been fort-most in all piospeciive settler to have the call 1 Bukersfleld. undertakings that have first lessons given in for their I upon the tervlces of ope who fully vm- object the building up of Bui;< i>fi< id. ! dcrsiaiids viol only soil and climatic ' conditions, but who can advice us to Bakersfield Plumbing Company. In '05 a rude log school house was built on a ridge about two miles south of Biikurtifield on what was ; the adaptability of different localities I known as the Keith ranch, that seem i for nuecos*ful growing of the various j ing at the time the center of the set i crops -in the ranch line, that prove no , clement. The building was about the Western , ln ;i ,iii,io U to the choice listings of nnd nin ,. h prn ^ Tlh . a , nut Mr . uls sold the Burner and Fuel Company, and thl8 j(1 , |y company conducted the establishment • Mooro Ul(H rons ,;, lu i v on for about one year, when Charles J.| lu . , lU . o Uf .,, ol i iltl , s ) 0!ins H L/indgren purchased the biitiltiese and : . alli wt . j( ,.... flr( . | ns ,, rl , I1( .,.. , with Robert H. Ferguson as mana- Ul( , Q. 1( .,, n Company, which ger conducted it. about two years, and then sola the business to his manager. Mr. Ferguson, tin- present proprietor of the estnldithmi ut, is a native of Bakoiviiohl, learn'' 1 ' I"" "'a !•• and worked' as a Jourmyroan in tho plant he now -controls. He builds oil, water, wagon nnd fuel tanks of all sizes and d' scrip- tlons and does a general i.Jumbini: - He did tbe plumbing in 'be Tlak- ersfield Opera House bui'.diiu- ar,.l u! books, I 8pm places I •ies In ' i-'.Is no comment. He is a native of Indiana and came to Ibis section !7 years ago, and dur- ill!-' that time has. becoir.e Mich an enthusiastic booster for Kern couuty that lie lias no desire to < vcri visit his place of luitivlty. Any of our eastern friends rec idviiig a copy of tin- paper who desire any additional information pda- 'ivo in prices and 'i;n:^ i n'lld do no i.i-f, :• than to wrii, Mr V.,i.r<'. who Alii <-i i ' rt'iri.' '• • ipon ! -i: -.:;.- n;,.. de- no windows. A great fireplace fillod one end of the room. hewn logs, in two, supported bv sticks In th« •lies were rough two, supported by idles; bortd ber, The, attendance during the winter and in Increased December Miss Kitty Said was appointed to assist Miss Richards. The single room, twenty by thirty feet, of the little brick school house had for some time been inadequate for the needs of the growing town, and in August of '75 the sum of $5500 had been voted for a new building. After much discussion a.-; to plans and location, the block on Truxtun avenue where the Emerson school now stands was purchased and in March, '76 work was begun there on i-« . 'I'li.- l.« ',',. wan b-iilt r. Thf s:<Mdy the llakertilidd sclioois from the hum- bio bi't'inniris in IMiU to the present time is encouraging to the friends of education. In marked contrast with the first meager sin'rounclings, the schools are now equipped with three commodious buildings, modern in every respect. The three important factors of heating, lighting and ventilation are as nearly perfect j>s the most recent devices can make them; and the school rooms are well supplied with apparatus for teaching. The grounds are artistically laid out with trees, flowers and lawns. This school property has a valuation of one hundred thousand dollars; and the department is maintained at an annual expenditure of twenty-five thousand -dollars. At the opening of school in September there will be a corps of twenty-four well trained teachers, nnd an enrollment of one thousand pupils. The manual training department will give courses In sloyd, sewing, cooking, paper-cutting, card-board work nnd drawing. This continued improvement of our school system Is due. In a large measure, to the wise and liberal management of the Board of Education. It is a matter for congratulation to tai characteristic. dly ie.-y is nut conliised. Pi inceinn, for most. so Crossly skeptical believe tilt' Bible Is a frame structure having two class know that in maintaining this high P. H. Hamilton, a tr>a''hf-r from Los Angeles, taught a thre<-n:i uths term in this building, heglnuir.i.- in the spring of '(if,. There were twenty pupils, each paying a nioij'h'y foe of two dollars and a Arithmetic, Cornell's c, son's Readers, Spellers were the text hooks li- no appliances - not ,.-,-, •phy, Wil-1 globe. In '<: submit 1,1 a ,id Ml: . V- pi.Hie,- n'' the .,-•! '•i>d'-d by ;-.;-l\ i.idy nere wfcre map or H rooms connected by folding doors on' the first floor, with a hall above. In October, '76, James Prewett, now an eminent lawyer In Placer county, opened school In the old brick, the new building not being- ready for occupancy. In November Miss Ella Said was appointed assistant, and the work n in the one pupils' seats i where Mr. r r the little , 'Iffly to the • 'd in hush- of both teachers went room as before. Tl>- standard the board has receive^ the cordial support of the people of this community. \ ' **• ' "Just the same," said the vegetarian, "a meat diet Is injurious to health." "Nonsense!" protested Muggins. "My ancestors, for hundreds of years, ate meat." "Vi s," replied the vegetarian, "and look at them today. They're nearly all dead ones."—Chicago News. (too good to bo true. Liberals sec the need of cons ••< vatism and conservatives are so liberalized aa to make good yoke fellows and both pull loyally sidu by side ou the same load. Sectarianism does not flourish., "Sky Pilots" are sought after who. are not above beim? on equality with the people. The approved sermons are short and to the point; like some other good things they need but two heads and and Impressive application. The great awakening that follows the- sermon in other sections is here Impossible, for either pulpit or pew will speedily be made vacant if the diet is unwholesome. To dispense doses i of prosy piety is fatal in this climate. The spirit of true friendliness, which one finds here In 1 such large proportions, Is big enough nnd strong enough to sink personal references and unimportant details before the Indomnlta- ble purpose to bring, about right results. The solution of the religious problem of our new communities Is being more and more recognized to be to unite on some one church that Is broad enough to include all true followers of the Nazarlne Carpenter. "In esesntlals unity. In non-essentials charity." No pilgrimages are made to this place to see old missions. Our beginnings are more recent, indeed, we are still In the making. While fate has not cured us of our youth, yet in the last half century we have made progress religiously that Is both interesting and gratifying. The day of small things is in many respects, both with individuals and organizations, the most en- Mr I-..]- than resit- l:ed. ones for recitation si'-M ., ' book of the room KIT! i 1 " : ed tones to Miss Sal \, In •*.'• <-:irly pa" of i if i! house was ocf (Continued on page three.) the ol 111. BEALE MEMORIAL LIBRARY b" Mn.-e as under .'dr. Hamilton, (h. st-hoi ; .-tin being supported by comrihun; i.s. It was during Miss Jackson's last term that the class was thrown into .1:0: iiiiu 1 ;,:!!•)• morning Mum: i o'l'lm-i: th,- folding dum.-- wmiid i di-nly I"' thrown wide open and the as[ sistunt. would hoar, "Miss Said, I'll be absent from the room a few moments. please take charge of the class," And \ A HOME OF TODAY.