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    Allensworth Hotel

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    Elizabeth Dougherty, a wealthy Oakland business woman, purchased the property and financed the construction of the hotel in 1910. The hotel was her investment in Allensworth, but she did not live here. Miss Dougherty hired John and Clara Morris as the hotel's first managers. Early residents of Allensworth recall Mrs. Morris good cooking and the mechanical skills of John Morris, who repaired farm machinery on the hotel lot. The hotel served travelers, workers in the nearby grain warehouse, and families arriving to settle in the town. The happiest memories of the hotel are young people's social evenings in the dining room, with dancing to the music of a player piano.

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    Box 148
    Earlimart, California 93219

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    Bickers General Store

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    Mary Jane Bickers arrived in Allensworth in 1909 and opened the town's first business, a general store, on this lot. She operated the small store in a building she leased from Pacific Farming Company. On September 25, 1909, the first post office was established in Allensworth, and Mrs. Bickers was appointed postmaster. She operated the post office in her store. By 1910, she turned over the responsiblity of postmaster to Joshua Singleton, who had built his store across the street. Mrs. Bickers who had moved to Allensworth from Bakersfield, California, returned there in 1911.

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    Box 148
    Earlimart, California 93219

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    Singleton General Store and Post Office

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    Joshua and Henrietta Singleton and their family arrived in Allensworth in 1910. By September, they had constructed a store, with living quarters in the back of the building. The Singletons operated the general store, selling canned goods, bulk staples such as rice and beans, men's work clothing, and more luxurious items including coffee, cookies, and candy. Mr. Singleton served as postmaster, taught music, organized a town band, and was president of Allensworth's Progressive Society. Mrs. Singleton contributed to the community as a midwife and practical nurse. Except for one year, when they leased the store, Mr. Singleton ran the business until his death in 1928. Mrs. Singleton continued to operated the store for a few years afterwards; she closed it in 1930.

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    Box 148
    Earlimart, California 93219

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    Hindsman House

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    Zebedee and Sarah Hindsman directed the construction of this house and the Hindsman General Store in 1911. Both husband and wife worked in the store, and early residents of the town recalled a well worn path connecting the store and the house. The Hindsman were active in the community, and Mr. Hindsmans became a member of the committee formed to guide the town of Allensworth after the death of Colonel Allensworth in September of 1914. He also served the town as a Justice of the Peace, an insurance agent, a realtor, and a notary public.

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    Box 148
    Earlimart, California 93219

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    Railroad Station

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    The plaques are a wealth of information:
    The placement of the original railroad station dear the tracks was a major factor in the decision to establish Allensworth at this location. The station connected the people of Allensworth with the outside world. Trains brought friends and relatives, mail, supplies, and building materials to the developing town. Initially, freight shipments supported the town's economy. However, a railway spur, built in 1914 by the neighboring town of Alpaugh, took $4, 000.00 to $5,000.00 worth of business away from Allensworth every month. By 1929, railroad shipments had significantly declined; the highest monthly earning were $13.61. In 1930 the station closed.

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    Box 148
    Earlimart, California 93219

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    Howard House

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    Wiley Howard bought two lots here and built a small house in early 1915. Many of the Allensworth residents recalled that the house served mainly as temporary lodging. Some of the occupants were newcomers to the town waiting for their homes to be built. Others "would come and stay a week or a month, and would be gone." Wiley Howard sold the property to L.C. Robison in 1945. The Robinsons moved into the house and constructed an additional room to the east for their growing family. The Robinsons lived here until 1970, when California State Parks bought the property. The house was in poor condition and was reconstructed on its original site. All materials which could be salvaged from the original home have been incorporated into the new structure.

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    Box 148
    Earlimart, California 93219

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    Hindsman Co. General Store

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    Zebedee and Sarah Hindsman constructed the general store in 1911. It became the largest store in Allensworth and the town's longest lasting business, serving the community for over 35 years. Items for sale included bulk and canned foods, clothing, tools, and small luxuries such as cookies, fruit, and candy. In addition to her work in the store, Mrs. Hindsman became custodian of the library's collection in 1926. These books were moved from the library in 1931 and shelved in northeast corner of the store, until the library branch closed in 1943. Mr. Hindsman used the loft at the back of the building for an office, where he worked on accounts for the store, his other business interests, and civic responsibilities he undertook for the community.

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    Box 148
    Earlimart, California 93219

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    Memory Board

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    This board records the wonderful memories of those who use to live here at Allensworth. Please take some time to read them.

    One of them is from Elizabeth Payne McGhee:
    We never felt deprived. We didn't have plumbing facilities, we didn't have electricity, there were many things we did not have, but we didn't feel the lack of them. We would go to Pasadena for the summer, and enjoy all those things in the city, but when we got home we were quite content, because there were always the streams to explore, and the fish to catch, and we took lots of pictures. Women did needlework, lots of crocheting, canning, and so forth. And we read and wrote. I remember I was nine, my sister was eleven, and we had started a novel, and we were writing a play, and my eldest sister played the piano. We composed songs. Everybody was creative, because when you don't have it handed out to you, you make your own."

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    Box 148
    Earlimart, California 93219

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    Johnson Bakery

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    Isaac and Mattie Johnson built their house in Allensworth, and by 1913 had opened a bakery in the front room. The next year, Mr. Johnson entered government service as a cook, and Mrs. Johnson became sole proprietor of the bakery.

    "Mrs. Johnson conducts a bakery and short oder lunch business, owns her own property, and has about twelve acres of good land beautifully located in the rural district which is utilized for the cultivation of alfalfa and grain for the large flock of chickens, ducks and turkeys she successfully handles." (The California Eagle, October 3, 1914)

    Mrs. Johnson operated the bakery until 1917 to 1918. After Mr. Johnson's death in the 1920s, Mrs. Johnson moved from town to their rural property in Allensworth and rented out the house.

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    Box 148
    Earlimart, California 9321

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