We’re lucky to live in a city with so many local, family-run businesses; some of which have been around for decades and continue to grow and serve our needs generation after generation. As such, Bakersfield Magazine continues to profile these longstanding companies year after year in our Generations issue so that readers can have a better understanding of their struggles and triumphs and realize just how important it is to support these businesses and our local economy.
“Memory,” wrote Oscar Wilde, “is the diary that we all carry about with us.” Every soul in Bakersfield and Kern County carries about, through works and days, memories of the past. Each bears an inner diary. In the case of those who have seen many years, there is often the need to open the diary’s pages and make its secrets known. To try and make sense of it all. Six Bakersfield residents did that recently.
When we’re young, the pages of textbooks are filled with names and dates and events that seem so far removed from our daily lives that it’s hard to accept the significance of them. As we age, the impact of events in the collective past come to mean different things because we start to realize how our own family histories fit in to the world.
When Colonel Thomas Baker’s bones were laid to rest in 1872, they were placed in a very specific location. That’s because Baker, himself, selected the site for his eternal resting place.
Sitting amongst the seemingly endless columns of books that rest silently on the shelves of the Beale Memorial Library Genealogy Room, Shirley Jackson is hard at work assisting kindred explorers in finding the hidden gems that paint a portrait of their family’s ancestry.
The Bushwhackers, Confederate sympathizers also known as the Mason and Henry Gang, had one stated goal: kill every Union man from Kern County to San Francisco, thereby eliminating any opposition to making California an independent republic.