125 Years My Kern County Pioneer Family and the 150 Year Kern County Anniversary by Shirley Jackson. Shirley has been a long time member of our organization. She is considered our resident historian on Kern County history. Many people rely on her knowledge to help them with historical information. A slide show and possible video footage of her “Walk Down Memory Lane” will be presented for our 3rd program for the 150th Anniversary of the Founding of Kern County. Shirley has eight generations that can claim Kern County as their home.