Aurelio Herrera -

Aurelio Herrera -

managed a saloon there. 4 What went on with the Herreras was

not publicized at the time, but years later a Washington

newspaper wrote a story about them that contained “more truth

than fantasy.” 5 Much was journalistic yarn, but much rings true.

Herrera's father pursued the calling of a street vendor of

hot tamales, enchiladas, tortillas, chili con carne and other

sizzling delicacies dear to the palette of the Westerner. Aurelio

and his brother Mauro helped their father in the distribution of

hot-stuff appetizers, but being gay sparks, they targeted and

looked for a more strenuous game. The Herreras lived in that

aristocratic part of Bakersfield which shelters the Mexican and

Chinese colonies. 6 The brother's first idea of sport was to break

up an oriental fan-tan session with .44-caliber colts. At the

same time, if any of the young bloods of the community were

looking for Queensbury exercise, 7

they had to look no farther

4 Bakersfield Californian, Greater Bakersfield and Kern Co Expansion

Edition 1911, p 42. Carrillo arrived in Bakersfield about 1888

(Bakersfield Californian, Sep 24, 1908)

5 Washington [DC] Times, Jan 16, 1906.

6 Bakersfield Californian, Jan 16, 1906; Washington [DC] Times, Jan 16, 1906.

The center of Bakersfield’s French, Basque, and Mexican populations was a few

miles east of Bakersfield at the town of Sumner, incorporated as Kern City on

March 11, 1893 and merged with the city of Bakersfield in 1906. Anselmo Herrera

and son Aurelio bought lots 15 and 16 in Blk 124 in Kern City on Jun 12, 1902

(Kern Co. Hall of Records, Deed Book 0135-0430).

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