Tuesday, March 8, 2011
So who knew Bakersfield High School was haunted? And how much do you know about Truxtun Beale?
* ... TRUXTUN BEALE: How much do you know about Truxtun Beale, namesake of both Truxtun Avenue and Beale Park? He was born in San Francisco, graduated from Pennsylvania Military College in 1974 and studied at Columbia Law School. Instead of becoming a lawyer, he became manager of his father's Tejon Ranch, a position he held for 13 years. In 1891 he was appointed United States Minister to Persia and a year later, minister to Greece, Romania and Serbia. When his father died in 1893, Beale assumed ownership of Tejon Ranch. In 1912, he sold the ranch to a syndicate of investors headed by Harry Chandler and Moses Sherman. He was married twice, first to Harriet Blaine and later to Marie Oge, granddaughter of Salmon P. Chase, former governor of Ohio and U.S. Treasurer under Abraham Lincoln. Beale died on June 2, 1936, at his country home near Annapolis, Maryland. Thanks to local history buff Larry Kirkland for helping with this mini biography.
* ... BARKER OUT: Jim Barker, president of Hillcrest Air Conditioning, is leaving town to take a job in Boise, Idaho. Barker told me he will be vice president of new business development at a similar company owned by a personal friend. "Bakersfield has been so good to us but this seemed like an opportunity to take on a new adventure," he said. "It's a great town for the outdoors and the fishing is incredible." Jim and his wife Sarah know Boise well since their daughter is a junior at Boise State University.
* ... DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that the Tegeler Hotel at 19th And H streets was originally five stories high? The fifth floor was removed after being damaged in the 1952 earthquake. When it was built in 1914, it had a basement cafe and a rooftop garden lined with palm trees.
* ... ARTS: With all the budget pressure on our local schools, it's good to see folks coming together to keep vital programs alive. One of those efforts involves the Friends of the Fine Arts (FoFA) at Bakersfield High School, which is having its annual fund raiser March 19th at Juliana's Art Studio and Gallery, 501 18th Street downtown. This is a worthwhile event to support the arts, and you can do so for just $30 a ticket. That includes a light dinner by Valentien and one glass of wine. Lawanda Smith, a fabulous jazz singer, will provide the entertainment. There will be a silent auction involving some terrific gifts. For tickets call (661) 619-2831 or (661) 327-5429.
* ... FUND RAISER: I erred in a recent post about a fund raiser this weekend for the Henrietta Weill Child Guidance Center by implying it will include a dinner from Cafe Med. Truth is, a Cafe Med dinner is one of the auction items but the $75 ticket will still get you a wine tasting and food by the Guild House staff. Call Toni Ross at 661-322-1021, ext. 186, for tickets. The event is this Friday.
* ... BAKERSFIELDISM: You know you're a Bakersfield old timer if you remember "when hundreds of taranchulas crossing Seventh Standard Road at Enos Lane in the 1950s." Thanks to loyal reader Doris Patrick for that one.