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Richard Clayton Bailey

Richard Clayton Bailey was museum director, historian, author. Recipient Principal's Service to Children's Education award Bakersfield City School District, 1959.


  • Bailey, Richard Clayton was born on April 20, 1911 in Muskegon, Michigan, United States. Son of Irving Jacob and Blanche Arvilla (Hosler) Bailey.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Fresno State University, California, 1945.


    • Elementary school teacher Mount View School District, Lamont, California, 1946-1948. Assistant director, education director Kern County Museum, Bakersfield, 1948-1955, director, 1955-1981, Pioneer Village, Bakersfield, 1955-1981. Instructor county history Bakersfield Community College, 1970-1980.

      Instructor local history and tours California State University, Bakersfield, 1974-1981. Chairman Fort Tejon Restoration Committee, 1949-1973.


    • Heritage of Kern
    • This county, organized in 1866, is rich in history, and Bailey offers short vignettes of Native Americans, discovery of oil, the Chinese, Fort Tejon, and much more.
    • Kern County Place Names
    • Twenty-ninth annual publication of the Kern County Historical Society and the County of Kern, through its Museum.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Presbyterian


    Member California Bicentennial Commission, 1969-1970. Member Red Rock Canyon Advisory Committee, 1969-1973. Treasurer Kern County Centennial Committee, 1966-1968.

    Advisory Kern County Heritage Commission, 1976-1981. Member Kern County History Records Commission. Member American Association Museums (past president Western regional conference), California Conference History Societies (past president), Kern County History Society (president 1948-1949, 53-54, lifetime honorary vice president) Clubs: Petroleum Production Pioneers, Death Valley 49ers, Masons.


    • Married Dorothy Jean Searles, June 17, 1971. Children: Richard Hugh, Joyce Carol.
    • father: Irving Jacob Bailey
    • mother: Blanche Arvilla (Hosler) Bailey
    • spouse: Dorothy Jean Searles
    • children: Richard Hugh Bailey
    • Joyce Carol Bailey
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    Born April 20, 1911
    • 1945
      Fresno State University
    • 1946 - 1948
      Elementary school teacher, Mount View School District
      Lamont, Washington, United States
    • 1955 - 1981
      assistant, sfield
      Bakersfield, California, United States
    • 1955 - 1981
      education director, sfield
      Bakersfield, California, United States
    • 1955 - 1981
      Baker, sfield
      Bakersfield, California, United States
    • 1970 - 1980
      instructor, county history Bakersfield Community College