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1920 - 1950





OBITURARIES ON THE WESTSIDE
Compiled by Larry Lyon & Ann Lingo researchers.


Infant Child Passes Away
Robert Edwin Fischer
Thursday - January 29, 1925

Robert Edwin Fischer, aged one month, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Fischer of Ford City, passed away at the family home yesterday afternoon, influenza being the cause of his death.
No arrangements have been made for the funeral.
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Closes for Funeral
Mrs. Eulah Harringrton
August 26, 1888 - January 28, 1925
Friday January 30, 1925

In respect to Mrs. Eulah Harrington, who passed away this week following a short illness, the Sanitary Laundry remained closed from 9:00 to 10:00 o'clock this morning, during the funeral services at the Taft Undertaking Company's parlors.
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Mrs. Rosa Going Passes in Taft
Rosa Going
January 29, 1879 - January 30, 1925
Saturday - January 31, 1925

Mrs. Rosa E. Going, age 45, wife of John W. Going, passed away at the family home last night, following a short illness. She is survived by two sisters and a daughter residing in Taft.

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at the Taft Undertaking Parlors, and interment will be made in the Midway Cemetery at Taft.
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Dewitt Funeral is Held Today
H. L. Dewitt
January 29, 1879 - January 30, 1925
Saturday - March 14, 1925

Funeral services for Harold L. Dewitt, who passed away suddenly several days ago from pneumonia, took place at the parlors of the Taft Undertaking Company at 12:30 today with the local lodge of Odd Fellows in charge.

The body was shipped to Trinidad, Colorado, for interment.

The only surviving relative in Taft is the widow of the deceased.
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Ford-City Matron to be Buried Today
Mrs. Anna Martha Paty
Friday Jan 2, 1925

Funeral Services for Mrs. Anna Martha Paty of Ford City , who died after a prolonged illness, were held today from the Taft Undertaking Parlors. Interment took place in Union Cemetery, Bakersfield.

The deceased, former resident of Arkansas, is survived by her husband, A. E. Paty and two small children.
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Mike Mangan Passes in Taft
Mike Mangan
Saturday - March 14, 1925

MIke Mangan, who fell from a ladder while working in a garage at Fellows several days ago, passed away at a local hospital Friday evening, as the result of complications which set in following the accident.

The body is at the Taft Undertaking Parlors awaiting arrangements for burial and last rites.

Mangan has resided on the West Side for the past several years, and had acquired many friends who will regret to learn of his passing.

Tuesday - March 17, 1925

Funeral services for Mike Mangan, carpenter, of Fellows, who passed away several days ago from injuries received when he fell from a ladder, were held this afternoon at 3:00 o'clock at the Taft Undertaking Company Parlors.

An inquest was held this morning by Coroner N.C. Houze.
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C. E. Smith
born about 1892 - March 14, 1925
Mrs. C. E. Smith
July 29, 1903 - March 14, 1925
G. F. Dollarhide
December 14, 1891 - March 14, 1925
Saturday - March 14, 1925
Taftians Crushed to Death as Car Leaps from Road
Car Hurtles Through Space When Driver Fails to See Turn; First Leap Carries Machine to Railroad Tracks Sixty Feet From Highway Curve; One Will Live

Three persons, two men and a woman, were almost instantly killed and a fourth so seriously injured that her life hangs by a thread when a light touring car in which they were riding failed to take the turn at the intersection of the Fellows and Division B highways near Taft shortly before 2 o'clock this morning. The car leaped from the highway straight ahead and landed with the front wheels on the west bank of the railroad spur tracks running to Poco, then turned turtle and landed upside down fully 60 feet from the tracks was close to 50 feet.

The Dead---
G. F. DOLLARHIDE
C. E. SMITH
MRS. C. E. SMITH
THE INJURED -
MRS. G. F. DOLLARHIDE

The car was coming from the direction of Fellows, and while the occupants are either killed or unconscious, authorities investigating the accident are of the opinion that driver was making exceptionally fast time, and failed to notice the turn. As the car approached the turn, instead of turning to the right, it veered slightly to the left, followed the bevel of the highway at the turn and then leaped high in the air and landed apparently right side up on the west bank of the railway tracks. From this point, the car was pitched rear-end foremost, more than 60 feet. The machine was a total wreck, and three of its occupants were crushed to death.

Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Smith have resided in Taft for the past four months. They have no children Mrs. Smith's mother resides in Sacramento and has been notified of her daughter's death.

Mrs. Dollarhide has a 15 year-old daughter, Eleanor Danker, who lives here with her mother.

Smith and Dollarhide were partners in the delicatessen at the Grand Central Market on North Street. Smith was engaged as cook at the delicatessen, and Dollarhide handled the business over the counter.

Mrs. Dollarhide has a mother and brother residing in Chico, and they will arrive in Taft late this evening. So far as can be learned, Smith has no relatives in this state.

The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Smith and G. F. Dollarhide are at the Taft Undertaking Parlors, in South Taft.

Word from the West Side hospital late today was to the effect that Mrs. Dollarhide, who has a fractured skull, had recovered consciousness and would recover. No funeral arrangements have been made until arrival of relatives.

Neighbors living about two blocks from the scene of the accident heard the crash and rushed to the spot. Bob Moncier, who lives at the lower end of Kern Street, rushed Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Dollarhide to the hospital. Dollarhide was dead when picked up and was taken to the undertaking parlors. Mrs. Smith died as she reached the hospital, and Mr. Smith died shortly after being placed on the operating table.


Accidental Death Verdict of Jury
Bodies of Two Victims Shipped to Former Homes
Mr. & Mrs. C. E. Smith and Mr. G. F. Dollarhide
Tuedsay - March 17th 1925

Funeral services for C. E. Smith, who was one of the three victims of an automobile accident on Friday night, will be in charge of the local Cooks and Waiters union, of which order the deceased was a member. The time for the services has not been set.

The body of his wife was shipped from Bakersfield last night to Sacramento, where funeral services will be held and interment made. The remains were accompanied north by Mrs. N. P. Richmond of Sacramento. a sister of the deceased.

G. F. Dollarhide, third victim of the accident, will be buried in Maxwell, California where the body was shipped last night. Mrs. L. Freeman of Los Angeles, sister of the deceased, arrived here to accompany the remains to Maxwell.

Mrs. Dollarhide, wife of the deceased who was seriously injured in the accident, is still confined to the West Side hospital, and will be unable to accompany her husband's body.

The verdict of the jury at the inquest held yesterday, was "death from internal injuries, received in an automobile accident," for all three victims.
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Adele Lissner Passes in Taft
Adele Lissner
Wednesday - March 18, 1925

Adele Lissner, age 3 months and 17 days, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Lissner of the P. O. Camp, passed away last night at 10:00 o'clock at the family home.

The body is at the Taft Undertaking Parlors. Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the Taft parlors.
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April 25, 1925
Mrs. R.S. Johnson Passes in Taft
Mrs. R.A. Johnson of 137 North Street passed away quite suddenly at the family home last night. The husband who is an employee of the Bansh-Ross Tool Company, according to officials, returned home last evening from work and found his wife squatted in front of a small dresser and apparently unconacious. A physician was summoned, but all efforts to revive her proved futile.
The body was taken to the Taft Undertaking Parols in South Taft, and it was stated that an inquest would probably be held late this afternoon.
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July 29, 1925
Midway Driller
M'CALL FUNERAL FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for the late L. A. McCall, who passed away at Tampico, Mexico, a week ago Tuesday, will be held Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the Masonic Temple at Bakersfield. Taft Midway lodge No. 426 will have charge of the services.

Interment will be in the Union Cemetery at Bakersfield.
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July 29, 1925
Midway Driller
FORMER TAFTIAN KILLED IN WRECK

Mrs. Margaret Turner, killed last Sunday when a train struck the automobile she was driving near San Jose, is a former resident of Taft and quite well known here. Mrs. Turner lived in Taft last year at 520 Lucard Street, and will be remembered by many throughout this district. With her at the time of the tragedy was her sister, Mrs. Charlotte B. Fitzgibbon, who was also killed in the accident.
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July 30 1925
Maricopa Oil News
TAFT MARSHALL DIES UNDER CAR
City Marshall O.M. Prewitt of Taft was instantly killed at an early hour on Tuesday morning when his car in which he was returning to the Taft from the Jack Ranch turned over on the Woody grade near Poso Flats. The heavy car in which the Marshal was riding had pinned Prewitt down with the back of the front seat resting on his neck.

Deputies said that Prewitt had gone to the Jack Ranch where some friends were camping, and that he was returning alone when the accident happened.

Prewitt has been a resident of the West Side for several years being engaged here as a contracting Carpenter up to the time he was appointed Marshall of Taft. Previous to coming to Taft Prewitt was connected with the Sheriffs office in Imperial County, and was for some time with the federal department in Imperial County.

He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Arthur Anderson, employed in the Security Trust company of Taft, a son Lloyd Trewhitt residing at Long Beach and a daughter in Ukiah.
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ONE KILLED, BROOKS SERIOUSLY INJURED, TAFT RESIDENT SHOT
Sept 17,1925
Ford Coupe Smashes into Truck Killing Dickens, Injuring Johnnie Brooks; Kirk of Taft Accidentally Shoots Himself with Revolver.

Charles Dickens, 25 an employee of an oil company at Taft, was instantly killed and Johnnie Brooks, 20 son of Mr. and Mrs. John Brooks of Taft, but recently well known residents of this city, was serious injured early his morning when a Ford Coupe ran into a heavy loaded truck about fifteen miles north of Taft on the Bakersfield highway.

Mr. Dickens body is at the Taft Funeral parlors awaiting word from his relatives living in Long Beach. Mr. Brooks is at the West Side Hospital in Taft suffering with a broken ankle, probable internal injuries, badly cut face and body and legs badly bruised and cut.

According to the report Mr. Dickens was driving the car, endeavoring to get to Taft in time to go to his work at seven o'clock passing a smaller truck swerved back to the road and not being able to see clearly smashed into a truck just ahead of the smaller vehicle, completely demolishing the Ford.

Johnnie was able to relate part of the story when picked up by a passing motorist and say he was fast asleep when the smashup took place.

The paper was informed at noon today by the special nurse caring for Mr. Brooks at the hospital that his condition was critical but hopes are held out for his recovery

The inquest over Dicken body is pending, and thought that it will be held at the same time as that of E.S. Kirk of Taft, who accidentally killed himself last evening while cleaning his revolver kept at his Sixth Street Service Station for protection of his men working nights.

Mr. Kirk came to the West Side fields from England about 15 years ago and for the past eight years has been the owner of the Sixth Street Service Station in Taft.
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Sept 18, 1925
Perry Elder of Taft Passes
Perry Elder, aged 40, passed away at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the sanitarium at Colfax, following a lingering illness from which he had suffered for some time past. Elder was very well known throughtout the Midway Sunset Field, having been employed for several years prior to his removal to Colfax by the Field Gasoline Company of Maricopa.
The passing of Elder will be recieved with regret by his large number of friends in this district as well as in teh county seat.
Elder is survived by his mother and father, Mr and Mrs George Elder at Bakersfield, sister Mrs H. A. Peterson of Taft, and a brothe Frank Elder of Maricopa. Elder was unmarried.
Funeral services are to be conducted in Bakersfield tomorrow. The body is now in the county seat and burial will take place in the Union cemetery at Bakersfield.
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October 2, 1925
Joe Sullivan Passes in Taft
Joe Sullivan , aged 70, familiarly know about Taft for 17 years as "Dad" and employed by Sam Orloff as janitor at his properties here passed away last night at the West Side hospital; presumably from heart failure.
Sullivan was found lying in an alley yesterday afternoon in an unconsious condition and a pointer dog belonging to Orloff which he cared for during the past several years lying with his head on Sullivan's chest.
Sullivan was removed to the hospital, but he failed to rally
He has no immediate family and the only relatives know live somewhere in the east, according to friends here.
The body is at the Taft Undertaking Parlor pending arrangements for the funeral.
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Jan 5, 1928
Mrs. Jessie Clausen

Mrs. Jessie D. Clausen, 48, died last night in Ford City following a short illness. She is survived by a daughter, aged 15, who resides here with her mother and by her husband, who has been employed for some time past in Texas.

The body is at the Taft Undertaking Company Parlors in South Taft. Funeral arrangements will not be made until the arrival of the husband from Texas tomorrow night.
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Jan 5, 1928
Bertha Werner

Bertha J. Werner, aged 44, wife of I.A. Werner passed away this morning at 5 o'clock from apopxey at her home in this city. For a number of years she operated the Werner Dining Room on Main Street.

She is survived by her husband and a son, Johnnie Werner of this city.

The funeral service will be Saturday morning and Taft Undertaking Company Parlors in South Taft is in charge of the services and interment will be at Union Cemetery in Bakersfield.
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Jan 28, 1928
Walter Garratt

Walter F. Garratt, 55, electrical contractor in Taft for the past several years and who came to the fienlds in 1903, passed away last night in this city following a short illness. Heart trouble with a threatened case of pneumonia was given as the cause of his death.

He leaves a wife Tessie Garrat, and 6 children. Funeral services will be held Monday morning at at the Elks Hall in this city and interment will be in the Elks plot at Bakersfield.

Garret helped to install the first telephone line into Taft in 1909 inder the supervision of the late Jim McGarter.
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March 27, 1928
Wallace Lyon

Wallace Lyon, 6 year old son of Mr and Mrs Glenn Evertte Lyon of Reward, passed away last night at a local hospital following an operaton for appendiettis. He is survived by his parents and a brother and sister

Funeral services will be held Saturday at the Free Mission Church in Ford City with the Taft Undertaking Company in charge. The exact hour will be announced later.
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April 29, 1928
Isabella Moore

Mrs. Isabella Moore, aged 58, passed away at a local hospital yesterday morning. She is survived by her husband, W.E. Moore, employed at the Pan-American Oil Company, section 1, and two sons, W. A. Leahy of Long Beach and R.W. Leahy of New York City. W.A Leahy is well known in the fields

She is also survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. A.L Miller of Placerville, Mrs Mamie Kendal and Mrs Rene Jones of Packwaukee, Wis and her brother G.W. Wassipg of Sacramento. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday morning at nine-thirty at the Taft Undertaking Company Parlors with Rev F.L. Benedick officiating. The body will be sent to the Fresno Crematory where it will be cremated

Mrs, Moore is well known on the West Side, having lived here for many years and leaves a wide circle of friends and acquaintances to regret her passing.
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May 4, 1931
Molly Jean Lawrence

Molly Jean, 10 month old daughter of Mr and Mrs Randolph Lawrence, who resides at 411 Lierly Ave, South Taft, died at her home April 30, 1931. Funeral services were conducted at the Taft Funeral Home on May 1, by Rev Herman Pettil of the First Presbyterian Church and interment follwed in Union Cemetery Bakersfield.

Besides her parents, she leaves a brother, Donald, a grandmother and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her passing.
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May 4, 1931
John Gifford

Carl John Gifford, 56, born in Lompoc, April 22, 1875 and a resident of the West Side since 1908 passed away this morningat a local hospital at 11:30 o'clock. He had been ill for some time. Gifford first came to Maricopa district in 1908 and had resided there almost continuosly. He had been employed by the Standard Oil Company for the past 11 years.

Besides his widow, he is survived by two sons, Sheldon and Weldon both of Santa Marta, 3 daughters, Mrs. D.D. Cash of Taft; Mrs. L.S. Schanack of Ventura and Rachel Gifford of Maricopa as well as nine grandchildren.

Services have not been arranged. The body is at the Taft Funeral Home.
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June 1, 1931
Domingo Guerra

Domingo Guerra, 33, native of Mexico, where he was born May 12, 1809, and an employee of the Sunset Railray in Taft for the past year, died at his home on Main Street Saturday morning. Guerra had lived in California for 5 years and came to Taft from McKittrick.

He is survived by his widow, 3 sons and 2 daughters, a brother, Felipe, all of Taft. Services were held this morning at 9:30 o'clock at St. Mary's Catholic Church by Rev. Father J.J. Power. Interment was in Kern County Cemetery, Taft.
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July 13, 1931
Orrin Phelps

Orrin Edward Phelps, 72, passed away sometime Saturday night at his ranch home aboive McKittrick presumably from heart trouble.

Edward Hobson, a neighborm had supper Saturday night with Phelps, and at that time arrangements were made with James Denton of McKittrick to put a new battery in Phelps car. Denton drove to the Phelps rance Sunday morning with the battery and found Phelps dead on the floor of his home. He is survived by a brother, George Phelps, residing at Dinuba

The body was brought to the Taft Undertaking Company Parlors, where an inquest will be held this afternoon.
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July 27, 1931
Donald Nelson Pine

Donald Nelson Pine, two month old son of Mr and Mrs Virgil C. Pine of the Cuyama Valley, passed away yesterday in a local hospital following several days of illness. The father of the child is employed in the forest service in the Santa Barbara National Forest.
The infant is survived by his parents and a brother.

Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the Taft Funeral Home with Rev Jessie L. Sadta of the First Baptist Church in charge. Interment at Union Cemetery, Bakersfield.
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GIDDINGS, EDNA - 1931
June 1, 1931
Edna Giddings

Mrs Edna Margaret Ton Elze Giddings a former resident of Taft, who has resided in Bakersfield of late, passed away Sunday morning at her home in Bakersfield after a brief illness. She was a member of Taft Chapter No 337, Eastern Star. She is survived by one daughter and two sons.

Funeral services are to be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at Oayne & Son's Parlors in Bakersfield with interment at Union Cemetery. Eastern Star services will be held at the grave. All Eastern Stars are urged to attend.
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July 13, 1931
Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson, 90, passed away yesterday following a short illness. He has resided near McKittrick for a number of years and so far as is known has no relatives in this distrct.

The body was brought to the Taft Undertaking Company Parlors. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
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July 27, 1931
James Kelley

James Kelley, 52, a native of Chicago, passed away at his home at 102 North Street yesterday afternoon about 5 o'clock, death being caused aby a heart attack and the intense heat of the day. Kelley, who had resided in Taft for the past several years left his home shortly before 5 o'clock yesterday and started towards the business districk when he was seen to stagger and fall. W.P. Ode, Honolula Oil employee residing at First and Center, and R. G. Johnson of 123 Center Street, helped get him to his home where he died shortly afterwards

His body is now at the Taft Undertaking Company awaiting funeral arrangements. He is believed to have a sister in San Francisco.
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Feb 23, 1932
Anna Cunningham

Funeral services were conducted this morning at 9 o'clock at St. Mary's Church by Rev. Father John J. Power for Mrs. Anna Cunningham, who passed away Sunday morning at 7 o'clock at the West Side Hopsital following a long illness. Rosery services were conducted last night at the Taft Funeral Home. Interment followed the morning service in Union Cemerty.

Mrs Cunningham was well and favorably known throughout the West Side, having resided in this district for more than 15 years. Born in Monroe County, Ohio, October 22, 1877, she lived in California for 10 years.

Mrs Cunningham is survived by 4 children, Ian, Vernon and Miss Virginia all of Taft and Miles of Aruba, Dutch West Indies, as well as a sister, Mrs. C,M. Willard of Tulsa, Oklahoma who has been her for several weeks.
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April 4, 1932
Mike Callahan

Mike Callahan, 54, well known former Taft man, and for several years past superintendent of the pipeline division of the Union Oil Company at San Luis Obispo, suffered a stroke last night while attending a motion picture performance at San Luis and passed away at 2 o'clock this morning at a hospital.
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April 4, 1932
Donald Ray Case

Donald Ray Case, 3 month old son of Mr and Mrs Wayne Case passed away this morning at 6 0'clock at 221 Lucard Street, pneumonia being the cause of death. Born January 8, 1932, in a hospital at Bakersfield, the baby is survived by his parents and a brother.
Services have not yet been arranged.
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April 21, 1932
Eileen Claason

Eileen Jeannette Claason, four month old daughter of Dick and Kathryn Claasen, passed away at the family home at 103 Supply Row yesterday afternoon of pneumonia and intestinal influenza. Eileen was the only child in the family. The baby was born in Taft, December 25, 1931

Funeral services and interment are expected to take place tomorrow at Reedly.
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Nov 21, 1932
Edna Skaggs

Mrs. Edna Skaggs, wife of C.F. Skaggs, and long-time resident of Taft, passed away during Saturday night at the home of Mr and Mrs E.W. Robinson, 511 Taylor St. Deceased was born in Kansas, June 24, 1886 and had resided in Taft for 22 years. An inquest is being held in Taft today and services and interment will be held at Lemoore on Wednesday.
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Nov 25, 1932
Jalias Johnson

Jalias J. Johnson, 46, died last night in a local hospital from injuries received when his car overturned on the Tembler Grade on the night of November 21. Mr Johnson had been an oil worer for the past 20 years and had recently been employed at Fellows.

He is survived by his widow and family, who reside at McKitterick and a sister, Mrs. W.B. Fagan, of Carissa Plains.

Funeral services will be held from Bakersfield under the charge of the American Legion. Interment will be in Union Cemetery
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Dec 7, 1932
Mrs. William Bubp

Mrs. William Bubp passed away at 1:30 o'clock this morning after an illness of more than 6 months. Born in Ohil, Mrs Bubp was 42 yeas of age and has resided in this district with her family since May, 1918.

Mrs. Bubp is survived by her husband and one daughter, Miss Canmon, both of 116 Pierce Street, Ford City.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist Church with Rev. Watler B. Cole officiating. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Bakersfield.
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Dec 20, 1932
David Otis Lee

David Otis Lee, 61, well known resident of the West Side and for 25 years an employee of the Belridge Oil Company, passed away Monday in a local hospital.

Surviving him are Mrs. Eva Blake Lee, two daughters, Mrs. Edna Denison of Fellowsm and Mrs. Otis Henry of Hawthorne, and a grandson, Otis Lee Shipley.

Born in Missouri, the deceased had resided in Kern County for more than a quarter of a century, and was prominent in activities of the Modern Woodmen of America.

Funeral rites were conducted at 2 p.m. this afternoon at the Flickinger Chapel, Bakersfield, Intement being in the Union Cemetery.
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Dec 20, 1932
Marcus Kinnebrew

Marcus [Mark] Kinnebrow, 58, resident of Taft for the past 12 years and operator of a small refinery in the Fellows district, died suddenly this morning at his lease from a heart attack. He was working with W. Moyer, an empllyee and had been missing but a few minutes, when he was found dead aout 9 o'clock.

Kinnebrew came to Taft in 1920 as superintendent of the Califonia Petroleum Company, and was very well known.

Kinnebrew is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ella Kinnebrew, and 8 children., Elise Kinnebrew of Los Angeles, Mrs Alice Barnes of Fellows and Lester Kinnebrew , Edward Kinnebrew, Mrs Aileen Dunbar, Barbara Kinnebrew, Virginia Kinnebrew and Alyn Kinnebrew all of this district, as well as 2 sisters and several brothers.

The body is at the Taft Funeral Home awaiting arrangements. Last rites well be observed in the Elks' Home in Taft.
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Funeral services for Mark Kinnebrew, who passed away on his lease near Fellows this week, took place Thursday Dec 23, 1932 in the Taft Elks' Home with Taft Elks Lodge in charge of the services. A large number of relatives and friends of Kinnebrew were in attendance, and the floral offerings were abundant.

Pall bearers were George Jordon of Fellows, F.E. Jordon. E.G. Pinkham, W.J. Litterfield, John Mason and Arthur J. Krystall. Interment took place at Union Cemetery in Bakersfield.
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Dec 20, 1932
Martha Epply

Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Epply, who passed away at her Maricopa home Sunday, will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock at the Taft Funeral Home. Rev F.L Benedict will officiate. The remains will be shipped to Cincinnati, Ohio

Friends may call at the Funeral Home today or tomorrow.
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Jan 9, 1933
William Baur

Werner [William] Baur, aged 81, passed away Saturday night at 10:15 at the home of W.E. Nichols, 132 Olive Street, South Taft, where he had been residing for some months. He had been alilinf gor thepast 3 months. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Jan 19, 1852, Mr Baur had resided in Taft for the past 26 years. He was a brick mason by trade and had worked at odd jobs until October in this vicinity. He formerly resided in Los Angeles and took part in the construction of some of the largest buildings in that city. Mr Baur is survived by several relatives in Switerzerland. The body is at the Taft Funeral Home awaiting arrangements for final rites.
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Feb 6, 1933
William Basket

William L. Baskett, 60, died early this morning in his residence at 105 North Street, after being ill for several days. The deceased was born in Kentucky and came to the Midway Fields about 20 years ago to work for the General Petroleum and later for the Standard Oil Company. As the nearest realative is a sister in the East. Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed. The remains are at the Taft Funeral Home.
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March 1, 1933
John H. Beaty

John H. Beaty, 82, passed away yesterday morning at his home in Maricopa evidens from a heart attack. Beaty was found dead on the floor of his home and indications were that he was dressing when the attack occured.

Born in Copperwoen, Penn, September 22, 1848, Mr Beaty had resided on the West Side for the past 25 years. He had been connected with the Standard Oil Company and later with the Milham Exploration Company at Buttonwillow for a number of years.

Mr. Beaty is survived by one son, Howard F. Beaty of Coppertown, Penn; 2 daughters, Mrs Frank Wright of Coppertown and Mrs. C. E. Mouck of Compton. The body is at the Taft Funeral Hone awaiting arrangements for funeral.
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Nov 29, 1935
Peggy Bates

With a pin inscribed "De Molay's Sweetheart," fastened to her breast and with members of the local De Molay chapter acting as pall bearers, Mary Marguerite Bates was laid to rest this afternoon in the West Sice Cemetery following services conducted at the Taft Funeral Home. The friendship of the De Molays for Mrs. Bates resulted from many acts of kindness with which Mrs. Bates had favored the local junier organization over a period of years.

Mrs Bates, wife of W.I Bates, operator of the Sanitex Cleaners, was killed Sunday afternoon in an automobile accident near Pismo Beach.
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June 9, 1938
William Landwehr

William Frederick Landwehr, 80, a native of Germany and a resident of the United States since he was 25 yeas of age, passed away Wednesday night at his home at 718 North Street. He had been ill since late in December of 1937.

Mr Landwehr was born October 1, 1857 at Herford, Germany and had resided in Taft since the fall of 1912. At one time he was a machinist and later was connected with the Taft School District for 24 years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge for 30 years, having joined the organization at Durango, Colo. Although not a steady church-goer, he had been a Bible reader all of his life.

Surviving Mr. Landwehr are his widow, Anna Landwehr of Taft; one daughter, Mrs. W.L Adkisson of Taft; one son, Fred Landwehr of Taft and one sister, Pauline Kruger of Germany; four grand children, William and Frederick Landwehy, Phillis Higgins and Wille Lou Adkisson. A daughter passed away 20 years ago and a son, five years ago. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at the Taft Funeral Home, with the Moose LOdge officiating and Moose members as pall bearers. Rev. F.L Benedict of the Presbyterian Church will officiate. Interment will be in the family plot at Union Cemetery, Bakersfield.
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Colleen Reardon O'Keefe
17 June 1941

Colleen Reardon O'Keefe, age 9 months and 5 days, infant daugter of Mr. & Mrs. Martin O'Keefe passed away Monday evening at the family home at 211 B Street in Taft Heights, following a short illness.

Besides her parents, the baby is survived by a sister Marta, age four. Graveside services will be held Friday morning at 10 o'clock at the west swide Cemetery with the Rev. B. Joseph Matin officiating.

Freinds may call at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home this evening, Thursday adn Friday until 9:40 as there will be viewing at the cemetery.

Born 12 Sept 1940 in Taft Community Hospital
Died 17 Jun 1941 in Taft California

Newspaper clipping of birth of Colleen
Alameda, Ca. in 1940
A Brand New O'Keefe Kin
Inspector and Mrs. Martin O'Keefe are heralding their pride, that of being grandparents. The most recent addition to the Marty O'Keefe family in Taft arrived on September 12 and has been dubbed Colleen.
Marta O'Keefe Starr
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Eleanor O'Keefe Passes Away
19 June 1945
Eleanor O'Keefe, wife of M.S. O'Keefe, 211 B Street, passed away today in a local hospital following a short illness.
Funeral services will be announced by Erickson and Brown Funeral Home at a later date.
Marta O'Keefe Starr
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Eleanor Madeline O'Keefe
19 June 1945
Funeral services for Mrs. Eleanor Madeline O'Keefe who passed away Tuesday at a local hopital will be held Friday morning at 10:00 o'clock in the chapel of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.

Rev. Carl L Stocking, pastor of the Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow in the West Side Cemetery.

Mrs. O;Keefe was born in Healdsburg, Jan 1, 1908 and had been a resident of Taft for the past seventeen years. The Taft matron passed away following an illness of ten days.

Surviving the decesed are her husband, Martin S. O'Keefe and her daughter, Marita, of Taft; her parents Mr. and Mrs. William H. Reardon of Healdsburg.

Mrs. O'Keefe was a past president of Taft Lady Bills.
Marta O'Keefe Starr
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Lady Bills to Attend Funeral
Taft Lady Bills will meet in front of Erickson & Brown Funeral home Friday morning at 9:45 o'clock in order to attend the funeral of Past President Eleanor O'Keefe. The funeral services will be held in the chapel at 10 o'clock.
Marta O'Keefe Starr


Eleanor O'Keefe
From the Alameda, CA newspaper
Died 19 June 1945
Mrs. Eleanor O'Keefe, former resident of this city died in Taft yesterday after a week's illness.

Although recently residing in Taft, Mrs. O'Keefe, who was 36, made her home in Alameda for many years and graduated from local schools.

She lived here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Readon, at 1525 North Street. The Readons now reside in Hillsborough.

Her husband, Martin Stephen O'Keefe Jr. whom she met during her high school days in this city is employed as a geologist by a national petroleum company.

Mrs. O'Keefe was past president of the women's auxillary of the Taft Lodge of Elks. She was the daughter-in-law of Inspector Martin O'Keefe of the Alameda police department.

She is survived by a daughter, Marta 9.

Last rites will be held in Taft Tomorrow
Marta O'Keefe Starr
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Kathleen "Kitty" CORBITT b. December 16, 1888 d. January 24, 1945

Midway Driller:

KATHLEEN CORBITT DIES WEDNESDAY

Mrs. Kathleen Corbitt, 56, passed away Wednesday at her home at 206 Fillmore Street in Ford City, following an extended illness.

The deceased had been a resident of the West Side for three and a half years. She had been employed at Gardner Field and was known as Kitty. She was born in Roe, Arizona, December 16, 1888.

Surviving Mrs. Corbitt are a daughter, Mrs. John T. Phillips of 102 1/2 Pierce Street; a son, Private A.L. Corbitt in the field artillery stationed somewhere in France. One sister, Mrs. K.D. Myers of Tucson, AZ; one brother Reese Pollard Hughes Jr., of Clarendon, Arkansas; three grandchildren, all residing in Taft.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the chapel of John C. Brown Mortuary. Rev. Edwin Brock of the Ford City Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will follow in the West Side Cemetery.

Submitted by Donna Summers
The Lady is the Grandmother of the submitter
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Woman From Ventura Dies In Car Crash
Margaret Netherly Woodsen
Tuesday - August 20, 1951

Mrs. Margaret Netherly Woodsen, 23, of 306 Mission Street, Ventura, was instantly killed Sunday evening in the Cuyama Valley when the car in which she was riding blew a tire and over turned, State Highway Patrol officers report. The accident occurred three and one-half miles north of Ventacopa on Highway 399. Mrs. Woodsen was accompanied by her husband A. C. Woodsen, 42, a driller for the Kellogg Drilling Company. Mr. Woodsen was uninjured. Officers Harry Stumbaugh and R. E. Reed of the California Highway Patrol investigated the accident.

The body is at Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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