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 Louesa Maria <I>Jewett</I> Crites

Louesa Maria Jewett Crites

Death 6 Nov 1932 (aged 99)
Bakersfield, Kern County, California, USA
Burial Bakersfield, Kern County, California, USA
Plot Garden of Prayer, 67-2
Memorial ID 49441912 · View Source
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Crites, Louesa M. Jewett
- November 6, 1932
Bakersfield Californian, November 7, 1932, p. 7, c1

Louesa M. Crites Dies Just Short of Century Mark
Member of Historic Family Lived in Kern County for 65 Years
First Woman Teacher
Came to Kern From Vermont Home When County Seat Was at Havilah

On Sunday morning at 3 o’clock Mrs. Louesa M. Crites, widow of the late A.M. Crites, mother of Angus, George and
Arthur Crites, passed away at the home of the latter son on Oleander Avenue at the advanced age of 99. Had she survived until January 19, 1933, she would have reached the century mark. She was a sister of the late Solomon Jewett and the late Philo Jewett, outstanding pioneer residents of this county.
The funeral will take place from Flickinger chapel at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, the pallbearers being immediate members of the family, Angus J. Crites, Arthur S. Crites, Angus D. Crites, Harry M. Conron, Hugh S. Jewett and Philo L. Jewett. Interment will take place in Union Cemetery.
Early Pioneer
With the death of Mrs. Crites there passes one of the very last of the remaining early pioneers of the county. A member of one of the old colonial families, whose forebears were prominent in the history of the New England states and of New York, Mrs. Crites attended school in Vermont and Canada, finally graduating from a young ladies’ seminary at Middlebury, Vermont. As early as 1855 she was employed as a teacher in a select school in Virginia, was a tutor and governess for the family of a prominent planter in Texas, and in 1866 she came to California to join her brothers, Solomon and Philo Jewett, taking the sea route, crossing the Isthmus of Panama, and arriving in San Francisco in 1867
Takes Over School
In the following year, and but a few months after Kern County had been organized, with Havilah as the county seat, Mrs. Crites was given charge of the school in what was then Tehachapi, now known as Old Town, she being the first woman teacher in Kern County and the first teacher to receive pay from county funds. May old-time residents of that area attended her school, including Gabe Brite, father of the present supervisor; Mary Finley, mother of J.O. Hart, and Nellie Calhoun, later to become a world-famous actress.
Subsequently the pioneer woman resided with her brothers at Rio Bravo, and passed through the great flood which demolished the store and residence on the site of that historic ranch.
United in Marriage
On August 30, 1870 the pioneer teacher was united in marriage to Angus M. Crites, one of the earliest residents of the county, the young couple residing on Clear Creek, 16 miles West of Tehachapi on the old Bakersfield-Tehachapi trail. It was a time of lawlessness in the land and in the sparsely settled country the Crites home was more than once visited by desperate Mexican bands, while the adjacent hills and mountains were infested with wild animals. The family home was located for many years on what is now the main highway from Bakersfield to Tehachapi, where four children were born, the oldest, a daughter, meeting with a tragic death through being thrown from a horse in 1883.
Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Crites moved to Bakersfield in November, 1904, and has been a continuous resident of this city for the past 28 years. When the mood moved her, she was wont to review the early and colorful history of the county in which she and her family played a prominent part, and many of her reminiscences have been preserved and will find space in the history of the county as it will be chronicled in the future.
Published in The Bakersfield Californian, November 7, 1932, p. 7, c1

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 49441912
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Louesa Maria Jewett Crites (19 Jan 1833–6 Nov 1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49441912, citing Union Cemetery, Bakersfield, Kern County, California, USA ; Maintained by Sidney Allen (contributor 46825800) .