Taft's Silver Jubilee                        

        (The article below is a continuation of some of the printed material found in the silver-covered Official Souvenir Program for Taft's twenty-fifth birthday celebration, November 9-10-11, 1945,)

Taft's Silver Jubilee                        
        (The article below is a continuation of some of the printed material found in the silver-covered Official Souvenir Program for Taft's twenty-fifth birthday celebration, November 9-10-11, 1945.)


How it Came About
   

More than a year ago, a small group of well-known citizen's of the Taft district were seated about a table discussing the old times of the West Side.  One thing lead to another, and when the Twentieth Anniversary celebrated five years ago was brought up, the men quickly welded together preliminary plans to properly celebrate Taft's Silver Jubilee.
   

Many months ago a general chairman was named and quickly went to work laying out the ground work for what is now developing into the greatest celebration ever presented in Kern County.  Committees were formed weeks ago and have been meeting at least once a week, planning the comprehensive program, smoothing out many, many  wrinkles, marshalling the manpower of the district and working overtime in many directions to celebrate Taft's twenty-fifth birthday.
   

The City of Taft has come along way in twenty-five years.  The Silver Jubilee committee has gone a long way in a few months and now offers you the results of its services.
   

The Silver Jubilee committee, as a whole, hopes that all who are witnessing the many interesting and outstanding events arranged will enjoy the progress to the fullest measure

Reader's Responses

From Pete Gianopulos, Class of 1942, from Taft. California
    There was a request for more information about TUHS staff member and coach, Bob Hoffman.  I interviewed Bob and his wife, Ann, several years ago for my TV program called "Taft Heritage."  That tape is still available at the West Kern Oil Museum and can be ordered by calling the museum at 661-765-6664. 

From Miles Turner, Class of 1956
    Hi Pete:  The story about your parents coming to America, ending up in CA. and  raising a family in Taft reminds me of my parents Hayden and Roma Turner who emigrated from Georgia in the early 30's. The saying "Write if you  find work" was wide spread during the depression years. Most of the families in our neighborhood in South Taft were from Tenn., Tx ., Miss., Ok., and other Southern states. Therefore,  most of the children my age were from parents who came to find work in the oil fields. And good work it was compared with the dust bowl and ruined crops in the south. Steinbeck's " Grapes of Wrath" said it all.  My dad came out with two other guys in a model A Ford pickup. the roads were sometimes only dirt and it took a week to make the journey.  After dad got a job he sent for my mom and two older sisters who came out on the train. He then built a house in Lost Hills. He said they delivered the lumber to build the whole house in one load, so it couldn't have been much of a house by today's standards. Soon the family moved to Taft where dad worked for Belridge Oil Co. until he retired in the early 60's. Taft has always been a Pioneer town. It was populated with " can do" type people who had the work ethic to develop the West Side into a thriving community with wonderful schools and opportunities, for the second generation, that they never had. My uncle, Loyd Dillingham, also came out in those early days with his family and started a drilling business with a rig he built himself.   
    Miles Turner  '56

From Eddie Brannan, Class of 1965, from Coarse Gold, California
    I wanted to add a comment to Jacque (Graham) Moore's response.   I too remember visiting your parents.   My Grandmother, Della Brannan, lived around the corner from them at 505 Fifth Street.   I must admit that all I can remember from these visits was having to sit and be quiet while the adults talked; and wanting to be allowed to go outside and see if Jacque's brother Mike could come out and play.   Thank you so much for sharing their story.  
    Eddie Brannan 

From Eddie Brannan, Class of 1965, from Coarse Gold, California
    I wanted to add a comment to Jacque (Graham) Moore's response.   I too remember visiting your parents.   My Grandmother, Della Brannan, lived around the corner from them at 505 Fifth Street.   I must admit that all I can remember from these visits was having to sit and be quiet while the adults talked; and wanting to be allowed to go outside and see if Jacque's brother Mike could come out and play.   Thank you so much for sharing their story.       Eddie Brannan
Another one from Eddie Brannan, Class of 1965, from, Coarse Gold,
California 
    Yes, but this get a little confusing for me.   Frank and Marie Wood were also relatives.   Marie was my cousin but there was a break up in the family that I don't understand and we had very limited contact.   Also, my aunt Jewell (Brannan) Berry married T. O. Berry.   They lived in Taft and Bakersfield.   I will attach a picture of my uncle Roy D. Brannan, Marie's father.   He was a WW1 vet who contacted TB during the war and spent most of the last years of his live in the veterans hospital in San Fernando.   Eddie 
One more from Eddie Branon
    Patsy (Berry married Alvis Tuck) was Jewell's daughter.   Alvis also passed away last November.   Eddie

From Neal F. Johnson from Reedley, California
    Pete: While I was at Villanova Prep School in Ojai a priest who was in Hiroshima stationed at the Catholic Church came to talk to us about the Atomic Bomb. His church was supposed to be at the center of the blast. He was out to town at the time of the attack. Thought you should know. Funny how things connect people.  Neal F. Johnson
From Jeanne (Shank) Williams, Class of 1941, from Spokane, Washington
    What a coup for you to do this.  It was not only a privilege for you to be interviewed but a privilege for us to know more about you.  Thank you for your service to our country.
    Sincerely, Jeanne Williams (shank)

From John Howe, Class of 1953, from Bellingham, Washington,
    Dear Pete:    I had Miss Bunday as the American history teacher in 1951-52.  I considered her to be an excellent teacher and we had many great discussions on history in her class.  I checked my '53 Derrick and she was still teaching at that time.  I wasn't aware of her estate gift to the college in Oregon.  As I recall she was very "thrifty" which explains the size of her estate gift.
    Did she die in Taft or some other place???
    John Howe, Class of 53
    (NOTE:  Miss Bundy to my knowledge did not die in Taft.)

From Dave Balser, Class of 1962, from Ventura, California
    Dear Pete:
    Re: strict teachers, how many had A English & had to memorize all those rules. To this day, I can still recite Rule 1W verbatim. I had Mrs. Bell, & she was just as tough as Newlee.
    Does anyone remember all those "themes" we had to write!! And then to correct!! I recall being under the threat of retention if we did not complete all of them by end of the semester. I think in today 's world, that would've been considered "cruel & unusual punishment"......but in the perspective of my life now in my 60's, these strict teachers were such gifts to  us all (students @ TUHS)
    David Balser, class of 62
     (NOTE:  Mrs. Bell also taught Latin.)   
     (NOTE:  I graduated in 1942, and they made us write those 300 word themes and we had to memorize the English punctuation rules in my day, and I did not have Bailey Newlee. My 9th grade teacher was Miss Katherine Paulsen, in the 10th grade I had Magdalene [Nelson]) Dooley and in the11th grade it was Miss Eloise Smith.)


From Nancy (Johnson) Sicotte, Class of 1949, from Palo Alto, California
    Hi Pete:     For all the Miss Bundy fans (aren't we all), here is a photo of her (Shown as an attachment above.) in 1953, at the home of Mildred Baer, the home ec teacher, sitting with Mabel Differding (Janet's mother) and my mother, Evelyn Johnson Williams.
    Many years ago I actually bought an old and worn copy of the history textbook, the one by Muzzey, which we used in our US history class, from a neighbor's garage sale here in Palo Alto  -- just out of sentiment.
    Nancy Johnson Sicotte