Historical Note:  This comes from Larry Peahl's 53 page compilation of the "Chronology of History of Taft" from 1863 until 2009:

A Midway Driller article reported on March 12, 1910, that there were 300 homes 1,500 people in the census may have extended beyond the remediate area of Taft.  The actual description of the area was the 16th Judicial District.  As the census began in May 1910, Taft was just beginning to be developed as a community.  The post office was moved to Center Street in April.  The previous location was south of the railroad tracks and was destroyed by fire in October 1909.  In May the first steps toward incorporation were taking place culminating on a successful election in November 1910.  Kern Street was added to the area in May.  The Blaisdell Opera House opened in June and water was supplied to residents in July.

Historical Note:  This comes from Larry Peahl's 53 page compilation of the "Chronology of History of Taft" from 1863 until 2009:
    A Midway Driller article reported on March 12, 1910, that there were 300 homes 1,500 people in the census may have extended beyond the remediate area of Taft.  The actual description of the area was the 16th Judicial District.  As the census began in May 1910, Taft was just beginning to be developed as a community.  The post office was moved to Center Street in April.  The previous location was south of the railroad tracks and was destroyed by fire in October 1909.  In May the first steps toward incorporation were taking place culminating on a successful election in November 1910.  Kern Street was added to the area in May.  The Blaisdell Opera House opened in June and water was supplied to residents in July.
(NOTE:  It wasn't until later that Kern Street was extended to County Road or as now known as 10th Street.  Fourth Street terminated at the railroad tracks south of Main Street.  When Fourth Street was extended to the south across the railroad tracks, Fourth Street was  connected to Asher Street on the south to Supply Row.)    
Pete:
So many of your distant readers may be inclined to remember the brown hills surrounding Taft. It's not always that way after a few winter rains.  I've attached a photo I recently took of the hills behind Taft during a brief break in an afternoon shower.
    Herb Spencer --  Class of 1949
Remember When . . .?
Nov. 1, 1961- Midway Driller
Cornerstone Laying Set for Saturday
A dream of long standing in Taft, a new City Hall, is nearing fulfillment completion of a fine building arising at the corner of Bakersfield Highway and Kern Street and cornerstone-laying ceremonies on Saturday afternoon will put the fine touch on the edifice which will house the governmental life of the city.  Grand Lodge officers of the Masonic Order, headed by the Grand Master Guy Mise, will officiate at the rites set for 2:30 p.m.at the site.
Controversy had raged over the site of the new building, the building itself and the awarding of contracts, but is as usual in big projects a civic pride in  the venture is felt in the giant step forward being taken in community betterment.  It all boils down to "It's about time," as a former Taftian said on being informed that the up-to-the-minute structure, rising near the outskirts of town was the new City Hall.  Whether the site is best or not, whether the feathers flew before the first shovel full of dirt herald the start of the project, the  fact remains, it is a fine building, a fitting start to the go-ahead start for the community bent on betterment.
Dedication  of the Taft Civic
Center Building
City of Taft
Incorporated 1910  
Jan. 19, 1962 7:30 p.m.
Council Chambers and Court Room
Dedication Program
The Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation Rev. Kenneth Slorpe,
Presbyterian Church and President
West Side Ministerial Association
Musical Selections . . . . Taft High Top Twenty
Be Thou My Vision . . . . Arranged by Poller
America The Beautiful . . . By Ward
Directed by Miss Emma Strangman,
 Head, Taft Union
High School and Taft College Music Department
Introduction of Guests . . . .  Pete Gianopulos
Taft City Councilman
Presentation of Building . . . Ernest McCoy
Architect
Acceptance for the City of Taft . . .W. L. Erickson
Mayor, City of Taft
Benediction . . .. Rev. Leonard Palmer
Pastor, First Assembly of God Church
Taft City Council
W. O. Erickson, Mayor
Boyd Alexander    Dale Huey
Pete Gianopulos    A. R. Morrow    
City Clerk ....Helen Lepper
City Treasurer....Gordon McMillan                
City Attorney ....Henry G. Baron
Taft Judicial Court.... Judge Murray Eiland
Court Clerk....Alma Wilson
Heads of Departments
Police Chief ....Walter McKee
Fire Chief....Vern Stockholm
Street Department Superintendent...
James Bramham
Sanitation Department....Robert Starkey
City Engineer....M. L. Anderson
City Building and Plumbing
Inspector....Floyd Cooley
City Electrical Inspector....Wayne Case
City Assessors....L.T Peahl
 * * * * * * *
Architect....Ernest McCoy
Contractor....Bakersfield Construction Company
Construction Superintendent....Grover C. Ford
Construction Inspector....William H. Bennett
* * * * * * *
Square Feet....11,241 Sq. Ft
Cost of Construction....$202,905.00
 
Readers' Comments

Eva Jean (Shank) Williams, Class of 1941, from Spokane, WA    
    HI PETE. I READ WITH INTEREST ABOUT THE EARLY DAYS IN TAFT.  AND HAVE TO TELL YOU OF A COINCIDENCE.
I GOT OUT THE MOVIE "BEST OF TIMES" TO SHOW SOME FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WERE VISITING.  I TREASURE THIS FILM.  NOT ONLY DO I REMEMBER THE FOOTBALL FEUD BETWEEN BAKERSFIELD AND TAFT BUT IT HAS A VIEW OF MY MOTHER'S HOUSE ON LIERLY AVENUE WHERE THE TEAM WAS WORKING OUT.  
ALSO, I WAS A YELL LEADER DURING MY J.C. YEARS AND WAS DATING RUSSELL TEAL.
CALL IT ESP OR COINCIDENCE.  BUT WE WERE ON THE SAME PAGE FOR A WHILE.
I DON'T REMEMBER RATH SHELTON BUT I DID GRADUATE IN '41.  BOY, THAT DATES US DOESN'T IT???
JEANNE WILLIAMS(EVAJEAN SHANK) SPOKANE, WA.

    (NOTE:  Rath's full first name was Rathburn Shelton.  He graduated with the class of 1941.  He had a big part in the picture "The Best of Times."  His son was the writer of the story.  The reason that Rath's son knew so much about the rivalry between Taft and Bakersfield, was because Rath's son would spend many a summer visiting his grandparents who lived on the lease at the Honolulu Oil Company in the Buena Vista Hills southeast of Taft.  At that time Rath and his family lived in Santa Barbara.  During the filming of the picture, Rathburn would come by to ask about location where the movie could be shot around Taft, and I would make suggestions and drive him to those locations.  I was invited to the cast party at Topper Restaurant when the shooting of the film in Taft was over.  My daughter, Valerie, and I were also invited to the final cast party held in Glendale.)
Joanne (Presley) Levy, Class of 1951, from Burlingame, CA
    Hi Pete: In the picture of Taft from 25 Hill I believe I pinpointed 700 Shattuck Ave. where my parents lived from 1936 to 1968.  The house was just out  of the city limits so the folks had to vote up on 25 Hill. One funny story was when the Gleason's wandered into the house around midnight saying their car was stuck up on 25 Hill.  My Dad, Clifton O. Presley, went to the rescue.
    Joanne Presley Levy

From John Griffen, Southwesterm Law, Los Angeles
    Mr. Gianopulos:     I'm a research assistant and student at Southwestern Law in Los Angeles.  I'm helping one of our Deans put together a history of our school, as its 100th anniversary approaches.  I've been doing research to try and find out more about our very first graduate in 1915, Betty Trier Berry.  We don't even have a photo of her!  I've traced Ms. Berry's history from the LA County Public Defenders' office, to a degree from USC, to a girls' school in Glendora, to Taft Union High, where she became Dean in 1936.  I've attached two articles I found online from a Bakersfield newspaper.  
I wondered if the school had any historical information on Dr. Berry, and I came across your newsletters on the site.  So I knew you'd be the right person to ask in all of Taft! Does the name ring a bell, or would you be able to direct me to an office at Taft Union where I could inquire, or somewhere else in the area?
    Thank you in advance - I would appreciate any help you could give me very much!
    Sincerely,
    John Griffin,  Southwestern Law SCALE program '12  --  (310) 622-3645