Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Built on the southeast corner of 17th and H Streets in Bakersfield in 1882, Alphonse and Henrietta Weill’s house was considered “modern” for its day because of the high ceilings, long hallway, and indoor plumbing.
In 1870, Alphonse Weill migrated from France to Kern County. He originally settled in the mining town of Havilah to pursue a career as a merchant. Two years later, Alphonse moved to Bakersfield and later opened his own general merchandise store. Alphonse was a successful businessman operating his store in Bakersfield for more than 70 years.
Henrietta Levy Weill, a native of San Francisco, came to Bakersfield at the time of her marriage in 1882. Alphonse and Henrietta had four children, Blanche, Irma, Adele and Lawrence. A member of numerous civic organizations, Henrietta worked to improve the lives of Kern County residents through education and social service. The Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic is named in her honor.
The Weill family donated the house to the Museum in 1950.
Erected by Kern County Museum.
Location. 35° 23.556′ N, 119° 1.303′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Chester Avenue. Click for map. Marker and house are located across from the Carpenters Shop at Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield CA 93301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Norris School (a few steps from this marker); Fairhaven Pump House (a few steps from this marker); Gazebo (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint John's Episcopal Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); Havilah Courier (within shouting distance of this marker); Joss House (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Bena Depot (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Bakersfield.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. A marker at the original site of the Weill House
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1. The First Women of Kern County. Henrietta Weill was a strong supporter of the kindergarden movement. When the school district stated that they could not support a kindergarden, Henrietta and several other women joined together in the support of a kindergarden teacher. (Submitted on December 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. The History of the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic. The Clinic was named in memory of Henrietta Weill, who was a member of a prominent Bakersfield family and who was known for her progressive thinking and leadership in relation to children's social service issues. She was married to Alphonse Weill, the proprietor of a local mercantile store in Bakersfield. They had four children: Blanche, Irma, Adele and Lawrence. In addition to taking care of her own children, Henrietta was very interested in educating other young children. She also established the first kindergarten in Bakersfield. (Submitted on December 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. Plaque at the Original Site of the Weill House. This plaque was placed in 1980 by the Peter LeBeck Chapter of E Clampus Vitus. (Submitted on December 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
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