MIDWAY CEMETERY


Taft View
We found that there were four veterans buried here in This Cemetery. First to be buried there was William J. McGonigal Veteran of the Spanish American War. He was born about 1873 died 3 April 1913. John W Rogers a Confederate Veteran of the Civil War 1860_1865. He lived in the Taft Area for 4 years. Born 1845 died 4 March 1913, Colonel Edward Howard Wilson , Civil War Veteran of the Confederate Army in the Civil War. He was born 11 September 1840 Louisville Kentucky, died 19 May 1918 in South Taft.then there was A man Named Smith a Civil War Veteran he died before May 1917. These Four Veterans are buried in the Midway Cemetery 25 Hill. These records were found in the Hall of Records in Bakersfield Ca., And the Taft Undertaking Funeral Book here in Erickson and Brown Funeral Home as were all of our records was taken.
There is a Doctor buried there his name was Dr. J.J. Patterson of Fellows California. He Practiced Medicine for 25 years in Durango, Colorado. He was survived by a Daughter Mrs. C.O. Deacon of Taft, and a son J.D. Patterson of Taft Ca.
Then we have a Relative of our 13th President Millard Fillmore. His name was William Henry Fillmore born about 1846 could be a Veteran also. He lived in Santa Ynez California. Died 24 Feb 1919 in Taft Ca. He had Thirteen children. We found there a Mrs. E.I. Foust Of Fellows Ca. and a M.L. Fillmore also of Fellows Ca. and a daughter of San Luis Obispo Ca. William`s Wife Adeline died in 1919 and was buried in Union Cemetery in Bakersfield California. There is a living relative of William Henry Fillmore in Bakersfield California. She says that William was a Nephew of the thirteenth President Millard Fillmore.
There is a Queen of Vaudeville buried in this cemetery her Name was Sarina De Storey She played in the Story of The Street Of Cario In San Francisco before coming to Taft to Play in the Curnard Theatre She was born ca 1879 died in a local hospital here in Taft On 11 November 1915 and buried in Lot 353 section 2
There are 250 Babies that died in the Taft Area according to the Death Records and the Taft Undertaking Funeral Books. They stated That they died either Premature or Stillborn. The dates of these Babies are from 1911 to 1948.
There were 57 Babies from the age of one day to eight years that Died from various causes. Two were burned to Death in Maricopa. some by the Influenza Epidemic in this area.
We also have people buried there in Midway Cemetery 25 Hill that have living relatives in the local area. They were:

Surnames in our Article

ADAMS ADKINS ALLEN
BACE BEIGHLER BLEDSOE
CASEY COFFER
DALY DE STORY Mrs CO DEACON DICKINSON DOLL DUGAS
ELDER
FILLMORE FOUST
GIFFORD GOODWIN GRIGGS
B HALL F HALL HANNAH HARPER HOLT HUDDLESTON HUDSON
KERNS KEYS KOHAL
LASSE LOVE LOWE
McGONIGAL McRAE
A MASON C MASON W MASON MERRIEL MIWA MOSHER
OITING
PARSON Dr PATTERSON J.D. PATTERSON PREUITT
RICHARD RICHARDSON ROGERS
SMITH C SMITH STAFFORD
M WEBB WELLS WHEAT WHITKIN MILDRED WHITKIN WILLIAMS COL WILSON H WILSON M WILSON WINSLOW
  • Dorothy Irene Adams
    b. 1914 d. 7 July 1916 Fellows California
    Daughter to James S. Adams and Mildred Whitkin and sister to Margaret Adams Mosher and brother to Harry Hall. and Aunt to Faith Mosher.
  • Patricia Gayle Adkins,
    b. 6 May 1935 d, 6 May 1935 426 Eastern St. Taft.
    Daughter of Adolph Adkins and Asmia M Holt.
    Twin sister to Dorothy Gail Adkins, Parsons.
    sister Shirley Adkins Love, Brother J.T. and sister Eva Adkins, Casey
  • James Willis Bace
    b.15 June 1915 Taft d. 15 June 1915.
    Parents Jessie William Bace and Nellie Doll cousin of Bob Bledsoe
  • Clarence Beighler.
    born 29 October 1948 d. 29 October 1928
    son of Clarence Lester Beighler and Nellie Beatrice McRae.
    cousins Vincent, Wendell, Thomas, and Donna Harper of Taft.
  • Sarina DeStorey
    b. 1879 d. 11 November 1915
  • Betty Hall
    born 30 March 1925 Died 16 July 1925.
    Parents Frank Hall and Mildred Whitkin of Fellows. brother Harry Hall and sister Margaret Mosher.
  • Gladys Marie Huddleston
    born 7 March 1918 Died 18 March 1918.
    She was the daughter of Arae J. Huddleston and Ethel Merriel, sister to Clifford Huddleston.
  • Walter Kerns
    b. 12 August 1917 d. 28 July 1925
    Parents James A. Kerns and Elma Winslow, Kerns, Gifford, and brother to Mildred Winslow Wilson.
  • Charles Wade Keys.
    b. 8 January 1920 d. 22 Jan 1920.
    Parents W.R., Elder, Key and Mabel Webb cousins to Frances Elder, Dickinson Thelma Elder, Beebe, and Shirley, Elder, Daly.
  • Baby Kohal.
    b. 17 March 1928 d. 17 March 1928 in Maricopa, California
    Parents B.L.Kohal and Evelyn Allen
    Relatives were Louella, John, and Kenneth Kohal of Taft.
  • Infant Kofhal
    born 17 November 1922 d. 17 Nov 1922
    Parents were Willard Kofhal and Etta Williams . and relative of Harry Wilson of Taft.
  • Harold Wesley Laase
    born 2 November 1923 d. 2 July 1924
    infant Laase
    born 22 May 1944 d. 22 May 1944 Taft Comm. Hospital
    Parents were J.T. Laase and , and relative of Charles Smith of Taft
  • Edward Lowe
    b.21 May 1925 d. 25 May 1925 Taft Ca.
    Parents Lowe Oiting and Gapajun of the Ladies Toggery of Taft. and brother of Ann Lowe Miwa of Taft
  • Alvin William Mason
    b. 17 August 1911 d. 2 May 1912
    Parents Charles Oscar Mason and Mary J Coffer all relative to the above.
  • William Webber Mason
    b. 13 April 1832 d. 17 April 1917
    Great Grandfather to Terry, Thelma Mason, Richardson gr,gr grandfather to to Judy Mason, Hudson, Beverly and Calvin Mason, Lilace Goodwin and Tom Richardson.
  • Mary Ann Richard.
    born 6 October 1928 d. 6 October 1928 in Taft.
    daughter of H. A. Richards and Marie Dugas . Brothers James Tony and William Richards and a Sister Sylvia Griggs.
  • Infant Stafford
    b. 25 November 1930, d. 25 November 1930
    at 611 Crystal Ave Taft.
    Parents Mr. Stafford and Anita Stafford and a relative to Bonnie Daly of Taft.
  • Charlie Wells
    b. 17 May 1866 d. 16 August 1918.
    Parents Henry Wells, and Elizabeth Wheat a relative of Joyce Preuitt
  • Carl Edward Winslow
    b 10 August 1908 Panama Ca. d. 19 December 1915 Fellows Ca.
    Parents Ira N. Winslow and Mary E. Hannah relative to Mildred Winslow, Wilson
  • Frank James Winslow
    b. 24 April 1910 Maricopa d. 1 April 1915
    Parents Ira N. Winslow and Mary E. Hannah relative to Mildred Winslow, Wilson
  • Robert Winslow
    b. 30 March 1932 Fellows d. 30 March 1932 Fellows
    Parents Ross Halford Winslow and Daisy Kerns relative to Mildred Winslow,Wilson.
  • Regarding Information on Cemetery Please contact:
    Larry Lyon or Guy Lingo