50-74 Years

Clerou Tire Company, Inc.

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Clerou Tire Company, Inc.

Profile appeared in our 29-1 Issue – April 2012

There is no retirement in sight for the Clerou family—whose local business now has a third generation at the forefront. Louis Clerou began the legacy that is Clerou Tire Co., Inc. on 17th and K streets in 1942. After serving in World War II and the Korean War (leaving the Marine Corps as a colonel) Clerou’s younger brother, Joseph, became a partner in 1958. This was a union that would have a long-lasting effect on not only their family, but on the local community, as well.
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Smith’s Bakeries

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Smith’s Bakeries

Profile appeared in our 29-1 Issue – April 2012

It only takes three little words to strike joy and familiarity in the hearts of Bakersfield residents: Happy Face Cookies! These are just one of the many delightful, adored treats that Smith’s Bakeries has been whipping up for the community since 1945.
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Sierra Recycling & Demolition

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Sierra Recycling & Demolition Profile appeared in our 29-1 Issue – April 2012

Sierra Recycling, originally called Sierra Bag Company, was founded in 1946 by Ben Sacco and Morris Rosenberg. The business dealt with the buying and selling of agricultural packaging, and Ben Sacco traveled the globe trading these bags.
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Wm. K. Lyons Insurance

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Wm. K. Lyons Insurance

Profile appeared in our 29-1 Issue – April 2012

Wm. K. Lyons Agency, Inc. had its start back in 1947, when insurance adjuster William K. Lyons and his wife, Hester, decided that they wanted to take their insurance and business savvy a big step further. With William in charge of selling the insurance and Hester taking care of bookkeeping and any other essential office duties, the twosome began what would remain a family affair for more than 65 years.
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Skyline Cabinet and Millworks

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Skyline Cabinet and Millworks

Profile appeared in our 29-1 Issue – April 2012

When James (Wes) Spalinger returned from World War II, he quickly found work with Malouf Cabinets. But working for someone wasn’t enough for Spalinger. So, just a few years later, in 1948, he and his brother, Erwin, would open up their own cabinet shop on Kern Street in an area that was often referred to as Skyline. Therefore, the brothers decided to call their shop Skyline Mill and Cabinets.
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Kern Federal Credit Union

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Kern Federal Credit Union

Profile appeared in our 29-1 Issue – April 2012

Kern County Employees Federal Credit Union was officially established in February 1949 for the benefit of the employees working for the County of Kern.

At the time, the Board of Directors of the Kern County Employees Association listened to recommendations by Captain Rolland Barbeau and members of his committee and decided to take action and set up a credit union that would serve the county employees.
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Blueprint Service Company

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Blueprint Service Company

Profile appeared in our 29-1 Issue – April 2012

Honesty, dependability, and pride in their services coupled with a dedicated clientele and personnel has become the layout for success for this local business. Blueprint Service Company started in May of 1955 thanks to Tom Kuwahara and his business partner, Jack Steele. Kuwahara was a draftsman for the City of Bakersfield and, while there were two or three blueprinters in town, he felt that there was a void in the services rendered. To that end, in 1956, Kuwahara bought Steele out and he and his wife, Gladys, became the first of many Kuwaharas to keep the business going strong.
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Loyd’s Aviation

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Loyd’s Aviation

Profile appeared in our 29-1 Issue – April 2012

Loyd’s Aviation has been a family business since day one. The legacy began when founder Byron Ernest Loyd was born in Bakersfield in 1926 to Aaron, a railroad engineer, and Beatrice, a homemaker. Kern residents can remember seeing Byron at seven years of age selling magazines on the street corner in Old Kern during the Depression. The work ethic he learned as a youngster stayed with him throughout his 79 years of life.
Byron was a Junior at East Bakersfield High school when he enlisted in the Navy during World War II, where he fell in love with aviation.
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Jim’s Supply Company, Inc.

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Jim’s Supply Company, Inc.

Profile appeared in our 29-1 Issue – April 2012

In 1959, James “Jim” W. Boylan founded Jim’s Supply Company, Inc. (JSC). Boylan was a salesman for a steel company in Fresno and foresaw Bakersfield to be a growing city that could support another steel company. Boylan and his wife, Doreen, started the company from their home and the pair truly believed in hard work. Boylan purchased, sold, and delivered the steel while Doreen answered phones and helped with clerical tasks, while caring for their five children.
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Kern Schools Federal Credit Union

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Profile appeared in our 28-1 Issue – April 2011
For more than 70 years, Kern Schools Federal Credit Union has served the needs of its Members and the Kern County community. From its humble beginnings, when a small group of concerned teachers formed a Credit Union for school system employees, their mission of “People Helping People” was introduced, and still rings true today.
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