Brothers and business partners played a major role in Taft's 20th century growth
Two brothers who made a huge impact on Taft's growth and prosperity in the mid 20th century and still play positive role today were honored by the Taft City Council Tuesday night.
The late Glenn Older Black and his brother, Bill Black received certificates of commendation from the City.
Jeannie Black, widow of Glenn accepted on behalf of her family from Councilwoman Renee Hill.
Bill received his from Councilman Randy Miller.
Asked if he wanted to say anything after reciving his award, Bill said "No!" jokingly, then spoke briefly
"It's been an honor to live in the City of Taft, and it's an honor to be honored by the City of Taft," he said.
The Blacks were partners in Black Brothers Construction and in Taft Plumbing and through those firms were involved in multiple commercial and residential projects in Taft, including shopping centers, Motels and hundreds of new homes.
Their impact went far beyond that. Both were heavily involved in the community.
Glenn is still the longest serving councilman in Taft's 108 year history at 24 years, including five terms as mayor.
He was also a founding member of the West Kern Water District, served as president of Taft Oildorado and Taft Rotary, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow and is a 2009 inductee of the Taft Union High School Hall of Fame.
Bill remains an active Kiwanian and member of American Legion post 62 (he is a Navy veteran served on the aircraft carrier USS Lexington), served on the Taft Planning Commission and was grand marshal for the 2016 Taft Christmas Parade.