Well, a warm and Western howdy, all you survivors of Xmas. C’mon. You’re all seasoned-enough riders by now to swing your foot (remaining) into the stirrup and hop aboard your pony with no spilling your lattes.
Also do notice. This is the ONLY location in Los Angeles County where by you can get in shut assortment in figures exceeding tens of countless numbers. Heck. There’s so significantly new air where by we’re going, you can even give a robust cough and blame it on trail dust.
Or pixie dust. Or Endust. Or, for just you married couples, Lust In The Dust.
We have a most entertaining trek into the back again canyons of Santa Clarita history this early morning. Put a very little tug on your Stetson. There’s constantly a slight breeze passing by means of the time vortex.
WAY Again WHEN & THEN SOME
Visualize WHAT THE Regular monthly H2o Monthly bill WOULD BE — Ignacio del Valle had a pleased new 12 months 179 yrs in the past. He drew claim to the Camulos Ranch portion of the Rancho San Francisco.
MR. ROGERS & THE MANLY Man — Eight years afterwards, in 1850, Manly and Rogers arrived at the Del Valle Ranch, begging for support for their stranded wagon train get together in faraway Death Valley. The del Valles would send out a huge posse to bring the settlers to the SCV, in which numerous of them stayed.
DECEMBER 27, 1920
A Community NON-Invoice HART Superstar — Western cinema hero Harry Carey starred in the new hit flick, “Blue Streak McCoy.” Carey experienced that massive ranch up San Francisquito Canyon he partly homesteaded and turned into just one of the state’s leading lodgings and resting places.
DECEMBER 27, 1930
Assume OF IT AS OUR Big SPARKLETTS H2o BOTTLE — It was created in 1912 and was described to be the premier drinking water tank in California. The big redwood holding barrel in Happy Valley had a ability of 350,000 gallons. It was torn down 70 years again and moved closer to existing-day Hart Park so Newhall H2o Co. could create a new tank. Upon inspection, regional engineers famous there was not 1 rotten board and only a slender layer of residue was observed at the base of the tank. The business utilised the very same boards, conserving themselves hundreds of pounds, and just rebuilt the tank with the old lumber.
WENT FROM CAN DO TO NO YOU Can’t — Electricity for the typical Joe and Jane was nevertheless relatively new. Even up until finally the 1960s, electrical energy was so low-cost, they were being imagining of not placing meters on the sides of homes due to the fact it wasn’t worthy of the difficulties. Output in 1930 was famous in horsepower, not megawatts. Southern California Edison only had 427,000 buyers, with about 1,000 in the SCV.
DECEMBER 27, 1940
Another ‘AIN’T Appreciate GRAND?’ CAPER — You just didn’t want to lay your eyes, or, for that make any difference, just about anything else on the husband of Mrs. Margaret Tortorici, co-owner of the Dixie Diner in Castaic. Convinced her spouse was obtaining an affair with a previous waitress, one particular Pass up Johnny Morgan, Mrs. Tortorici confirmed up at Johnny’s new put of use in Hollywood on New Year’s Eve. Margaret slashed Johnny’s confront with a razor, yelling out: “I’ve been a sap lengthy sufficient.” It took 28 stitches to shut the wounds. Mrs. T was arrested for attempted murder.
SEW. SEWER. SEWIST. — Appropriate off the bat, Sign Editor Fred Trueblood had to start out off the new calendar year with a correction and apology. Would seem Fred ran a smaller product noting that the Pink Cross was looking for “sewers” for the war hard work. He duly mentioned that “sewers” was not just the appropriate expression when describing volunteer ladies and promised to use the word “sewists.”
Back again WHEN WE Experienced ELBOW Room — We ended up just giddy with development. In examining construction of 1940, there ended up 10 — depend ‘em — 10 new properties built all year. We appear to throw them up by the hundreds on a weekly basis now. Cost of all new building in the SCV for 1940? A whopping $280,000 and that included $80,000 for the new Newhall Elementary creating.
DECEMBER 27, 1950
Wait around A Next. Ladies ARE QUEENS Just about every Day. — Mrs. Mary Patrick arrived back again from Hollywood a little richer. The Race Road resident competed on the strike Television set recreation display, “Queen for a Working day.”
Second COUSIN TO PIRU GEORGE? — A person of the major highway initiatives at any time undertaken on this world was underway. The widening of Highway 99 from a slender, treacherous road to a modern-day 4-lane freeway. Hundreds of millions of cubic yards of earth were moved, bridges contracted and mountains blown absent to accommodate the freeway. Some of the explosions, coupled with the fierce winds that terrorized what utilised to be termed “Piru Gorge,” despatched large dust clouds darkening the sky for miles and sometimes cutting visibility to zero.
NOT REMOTELY THE Initial TIME THIS HAS Took place Listed here —— Hobo Alex Walker of Oregon was just 25 decades old and fulfilled with a horrific loss of life. He was bumming a experience on a freight practice. We never know if he passed out, went to snooze, fell or was pushed, but in some way, he slipped out of a freight auto. His legs were being nonetheless caught on the car and his head was just about missing from hitting the underneath of the car. The corpse scarcely resembled anything human immediately after miles of becoming dragged alongside the Saugus rails.
A Unusual MIRROR Incident THE Same 7 days — Major devices operator Rex Parks dropped his leg functioning to make that highway safer. His bulldozer was on a steep incline, strike a rock and flipped. It landed on Rex’s leg and he experienced to have what was left amputated.
YUP. It is Actually HANK’S AUDITORIUM. — Groundbreaking for the development of the Henry Mayo Newhall Group Auditorium happened 70 a long time ago. People contact it the Hart Auditorium for the reason that it is on the Hart High campus. But truly, the corridor was created for the group and was designed in portion by cash from Newhall Land & Farming Co. It was supposed to be named the Newhall Auditorium, but then there was confusion mainly because of the Newhall Elementary Auditorium down the road a pair of blocks.
DECEMBER 27, 1960
Which is ABOUT $1 BILLION Nowadays IN TICKETS — The CHP place up roadblocks to try and capture the random drunk driver New Year’s Eve 1960. They caught 166 of them. Nonetheless, we experienced one particular site visitors loss of life and 14 incidents on New Year’s weekend.
AND, HE WAS IN The two ‘STAR TREK’ AND ‘2001: A Space ODYSSEY’ — Mr. and Mrs. John Yurosek were mighty very pleased of their son, Gary. The Hart Significant grad had motored more than the hill to Hollywood a yr previously to try out and make fame and fortune as an actor. Young Yurosek landed a couple roles, at first as a stunt guy, then as a stand-in for Anthony Perkins in 1957. Yurosek then signed a contract with 20th Century Fox and gained a part in the Natalie Wood movie, “Splendor in the Grass.” He went on to make quite a few motion photos, starring with Henry Fonda, Vincent Price and quite a few renowned names. The previous Hart football star, on the urging of a producer friend, Josh Logan, took on a phase title, utilizing Logan’s middle title. You could know the previous Mighty Indian as “Gary Lockwood.”
RE: THE Above? — Darn strangest happenstance, saddlepals. In the 1950s, when Lockwood/Yurosek went to Hart, there were being only a couple thousand souls stretched through 1,000 square miles and a number of hundred attending Hart and a few dozen on the soccer group. You know who was Yurosek’s fellow managing back? Joe Kapp. Kapp would later on develop into a motion picture star HIMSELF! He also had an incredible expert soccer occupation and was the only gentleman to quarterback a group in the Rose Bowl, Canada’s Grey Cup and the Super Bowl for the Minnesota Vikings. Kapp is nevertheless tied with just a handful of to score seven TDs in one game.
DECEMBER 27, 1970
Considerably less Attorney Fees, WE’RE Contemplating That’s $350,000 BUCKS Each individual — The Newhall Oil Refinery was sued by 35 folks for $3.5 million. A brush hearth had commenced on the grounds and spread by the hills of Newhall to Chatsworth, burning down many residences.
MOST GRINCH-LIKE — On Christmas Eve, a person broke into the Sprouse-Ritz dime tale on the corner of Marketplace and San Fernando Highway. They stole $250 in huge expenditures, but, for some unusual purpose, remaining yet another $600 in lesser expenditures guiding.
DECEMBER 27, 1980
Extra THAN A Little As well Close — Mrs. Lyda Ragusa won a 25-12 months fight with the Army. Her spouse, retired Maj. Vincent Ragusa, experienced been just 2,000 yards absent from an atomic bomb check in Nevada in 1955. He died a couple decades afterwards of leukemia, which physicians linked to his proximity to the A-bomb. Mrs. Ragusa was awarded the pension she had so extensive been denied.
T-SHIRT Climate — We experienced the warmest Xmas Day I consider on document — 85 levels in downtown Newhall.
Appears like which is our particular time vortex to return to current-working day Santa Clarita. It’s not like we’re taking attendance, so if you want to disguise out in a peaceful canyon right until the vacations pass, we won’t snitch. Hey. Satisfied Darn New Yr impending, saddlepals. See you again below at The Mighty Signal’s hitching write-up — subsequent year — with another enjoyable Time Ranger experience. Until finally then —vayan con Dios, amigos!
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