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Friday, May 31 2013 11:25 AM

'First Look': Learn about development of Col. Baker book

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    Judy Salamacha, Jody Salamacha-Hollier and Sandy Mittelsteadt talk about the book "Colonel Baker's Field: An American Pioneer Story" on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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Attention history buffs! You can learn more about Bakersfield's founder, Col. Thomas Baker, during a presentation and book-signing Saturday.

"Colonel Baker's Field: An American Pioneer Story," was written by retired teachers Judy Salamacha and Sandy Mittelsteadt, and they appeared Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox" to talk about the book.

Mittelsteadt said Baker "always spoke his mind," and for that, he was tried for treason when he stood up for state's rights, some people didn't like it "and had him arrested." The author suggested he should have been more diplomatic.

A presentation on the development of the book will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Beale Memorial Library's Tejon Room. Then a book signing will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Russo's Books.

Jody Salamacha-Hollier created the illustrations for the book by colorizing photos.

"I targeted the illustrations to be a part of the book," she said.

Chris Brewer, a descendant of Baker, helped with the book, which can be purchased at Russo's Books and the Kern County Museum.


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