OLD HOUSE

2101 Monterey St., where George H.W. and Barbara Bush lived in 1949. George W. Bush was 3-years-old at the time.

Former President George H.W. Bush and his young family once lived — albeit briefly — in Bakersfield.

Barbara and George H.W. Bush, who later became the nation’s 41st president, lived for from June to September 1949 in the small, white, wood-sided house at 2101 Monterey St.

The elder Bush was starting his career as a salesman for a Dresser Industries subsidiary. Dresser was a major oil industry supplier purchased by Halliburton in 1998. Mrs. Bush was pregnant.

“George was selling oilfield tools and equipment out of the back of a Studebaker,” Republican political consultant Mark Abernathy told The Californian when he bought the house in 2000 with plans to turn it into a museum.

It was just a three-month stint in paradise: summer in Bakersfield with no air conditioning.

Hmmm. Can’t imagine why they didn’t stay.

(7) comments

JR

[offtopic] So that's when and where Haliburton came into the Bush picture, hmmmm.

JR

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Brenda

I was born & raised in Bakersfield & never knew this, great nostalgia.

Stephen

In the 1980s my brother and sister-in-law used to live 3 doors to the west on Monterey St. At that time we didn't know that ordinary house was once President Bush's home although we knew the president lived briefly here in town and once was a fishing tools sales rep.

We hope that house is preserved for posterity. It could be given state historic recognition under Criteria 2 of the California preservation ordinance: "Associated with an individual or group having a profound influence on the history of California.”

Having a “profound influence on the history of the nation would most definitely include California but as such it would also qualify as a national historic site for its tie to a person with a major impact on our nation's history. Such a simple house. Such a great man.

Vico17

I believe the Abernathys bought the house to preserve it for posterity a few years back. I hope that does not change your words above Stephen. Well said.

Stephen

In the 1980s my brother and sister-in-law used to live 3 doors to the west on Monterey St. At that time we didn't know that ordinary house was once President Bush's home although we knew the president lived briefly here in town and once was a fishing tools sales rep.

We hope that house is preserved for posterity. It could be given state historic recognition under Criteria 2 of the California preservation ordinance: "Associated with an individual or group having a profound influence on the history of California.”

Having a “profound influence on the history of the nation would most definitely include California but as such it would also qualify as a national historic site for its tie to a person with a major impact on our nation's history. Such a simple house. Such a great man.

REMUDA

" . . . why they didn’t stay." . . . ?
'Cause they moved to Texas where there was no income tax, it was a LOT cooler and the movie theaters were 'Air Conditioned' . . .

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