[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
71°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
April 26
1906 - Bobby Batugo, World Champion Mixologist in the 1970s, born in The Philippines [story]


Now and Then in the SCV | Commentary by Darryl Manzer
| Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015

darrylmanzer_blacktieI’m asking for some help. No, not the kind you think I need, but some help in the form of historical information and personal stories about a few of the buildings and objects we have at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park in Newhall.

Did you ever get on or off of a passenger train at Saugus Station? Maybe you picked up a package or some freight there. Maybe you remember the old steam engines that stopped there, too. We need a lot of the stories. It is part of our history of the SCV.

I remember when the Pardee House was the telephone company. Didn’t we pay our phone bills there in person? I don’t remember. Some of you might. It was the place where the telephone operators would connect the SCV with the rest of the world. I wonder how many times they heard someone from our valley say to a relative calling from the cold Midwest, “Everyone out of the pool – we’ve got a call from Nebraska.” My dad loved saying that even if it was 35 degrees out and we had the heat turned up high.

The Pardee House, now at Heritage Junction, used to stand where Veterans Historical Plaza is located today. It used to be the telephone company office, among other things. Click to see what else.

The Pardee House, now at Heritage Junction, used to stand where Veterans Historical Plaza is located today. It used to be the telephone company office, among other things. Click to see what else.

I know many folks remember the Newhall Ranch House. It is said to be haunted. How about it, folks? I think there are still some people around who lived in it about the same time I lived in the Pico Cottage in Mentryville. Care to tell us your memories?

Did you ever sneak into Melody Ranch and play around the train engines?

We are also looking for folks who lived in an Edison House like the one we have at the Junction. Same goes for stories about Kingsburry House.

The Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society is looking for all y’all and the history you hold for those great moments that you remember of those buildings and our old train engine.

We’d love to make a video of you telling your story. Sort of a living history interview so that we can fill in some of the gaps the record doesn’t quite have down correctly.

I’m sure the statute of limitations has passed, so any stories won’t send you to jail.

Much our history in this valley is recorded in old photographs. We have thousands of photos at Heritage Junction. Do you have any that might help the Historical Society cover some ground? Maybe a snapshot of kids at the roller rink that used to be at the corner of Railroad and Magic Mountain? How about a view of the hills before Valencia and Magic Mountain? I don’t know what you might have, but there are some more out there, I’m sure.

The SCV Historical Society is starting a fundraising effort and getting some trees planted, too. For donors who contribute $5,000, we will plant a tree and have a plaque with your name next to it. Maybe you want to honor someone in your family? Dedicate a tree to them.

That is one of the many examples of some ways you can contribute to our history. A tree will outlive most of us. Imagine a valley or California live oak that could be around 100 or so years from now. The folks will read the plaque and think you were really a great person for helping preserve our heritage.

Membership in the society is really cheap. $30 a year for individuals and $50 for a family. We have a price for seniors and students, too. Corporations and companies can also lend a hand. The Society is a nonprofit 501c3 qualified charity organization.

This year, 2015, is the year my father would have turned 100. Next Aug. 8 to be exact. I think of the stories about our local history he could have told us like his times of when he was a deputy at the “Honor Farm” and was in charge of the dairy. Maybe the garage he had near Gorman in the late 1940s would be what he would talk about. Saving the Pico Cottage was one of his proudest accomplishments in his life. Just after Thanksgiving in 1959, he came home with news that we would move into that house after Christmas. That little piece of history was saved.

We didn’t have video camera in those days, and of course we didn’t think to write much down or even record any of them on tape (reel to reel). Now is the chance to do just that.

We would like to hear from you, each and every one. If you think you’ve got a story to tell about the SCV “way back when,” please contact me. The email address appears below.

If you don’t tell your story, it might never be heard. That would mean a piece of history would be lost forever. Maybe it is the one way folks will know you were even here. Maybe the only way.

Let me know. I love a good story, don’t you?

 

Darryl Manzer grew up in the Pico Canyon oil town of Mentryville in the 1960s and attended Hart High School. After a career in the U.S. Navy he returned to live in the Santa Clarita Valley, where he serves as executive director of the SCV Historical Society. He can be reached at dmanzer@scvhistory.com. His older commentaries are archived at DManzer.com; his newer commentaries can be accessed [here]. Watch his walking tour of Mentryville [here].

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

6 Comments

  1. I’d be interested in learning more about the history of Perkins Court on 6th St, where OutWest is now located along with 3 other businesses. I know the Signal offices were here at one time but I’ve heard visitors recall taking ballet classes here and a dentist office being in the front unit facing 6th St. There must be lots of great stories about the business history of these units.

  2. Frank Williams says:

    My mom Isabell Williams came to Newhall in the 40’s and she is will be 90 this year. She was married to Tommy Rivera who was related to the Rivera’s of Newhall. He is buried in the Ruiz Cemetary. My mom was a telephone operator way back when they would connect you on the switchboard. Tommy died when she was young and had 3 very young daughters.

  3. I have previously posted my memories of paying the phone bill at the Pardee home. In the 1960’s my Mom thought it was important for a child to learn to do certain things, ensure you got the correct change, etc. (Yes, we paid the phone bill in cash.) My Mom would wait in the car, send us in (my older sister and I) to pay. The ladies were,always so nice. They would sometimes give us the little “princess” phone keychains. We loved them because they were the perfect size to use for our Barbie. I have very vivid memories about this, the Tumble In, getting Buster Brown shoes on San Fernando Road, getting sick at Harrys Shoe Repair, Tops Shoes, Holiday Hardware on Lyons, 4th of July watching the fireworks from the Hart High bleachers, buying milk from the dairy on Placerita Cyn (bottles), pony rides where the old Green House Cafe now sits (Ross shopping center), getting in a a roll over crash on Seco Cyn and landing in the driveway if the newly built fire station, and so much more!

  4. Try posting this in SCV *ISO* In Search Of Group

Leave a Comment


Opinion Section Policy
All opinions and ideas are welcome. Factually inaccurate, libelous, defamatory, profane or hateful statements are not. Your words must be your own. All commentary is subject to editing for legibility. There is no length limit, but the shorter, the better the odds of people reading it. "Local" SCV-related topics are preferred. Send commentary to: LETTERS (at) SCVNEWS.COM. Author's full name, community name, phone number and e-mail address are required. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses are not published except at author's request. Acknowledgment of submission does not guarantee publication.
Read More From...
RECENT COMMENTARY
Monday, Apr 16, 2018
The best way to fight kidney disease is to find it before trouble starts. But if you’ve already been diagnosed, Medicare can help you make informed decisions about your care.
Thursday, Apr 12, 2018
In 2016, California voters went to the polls and made it clear they wanted elected state officials to spend more money on school construction and passed Proposition 51 to invest $9 billion to upgrade aging buildings, build new schools where needed and build Career Technical Education (CTE) facilities to support better CTE programs.
Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018
Despite voter approval of construction funds in 2016, school districts are struggling to explain to their communities why the state is refusing to release the majority of the money.
Tuesday, Apr 3, 2018
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” — Frank Lloyd Wright
Monday, Apr 2, 2018
Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste and the City Council invite residents to celebrate the 25th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, which officially kicks off April 19.
Friday, Mar 16, 2018
Quentin Kopp, retired judge and Bay Area politician, was once chairman of the High-Speed Rail Authority and helped sell the bullet train to voters. He’s now suing to stop it, saying, "The litigation, which is pending, will result, I am confident, in the termination of the High-Speed Rail Authority's deceiving plan."

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
The Santa Clarita Planning Commission will hold a study session, Tuesday, May 1, at 5:00 p.m.
May 1: Santa Clarita Planning Commission Study Session
The Santa Clarita City Council will hold a Budget Committee meeting, Tuesday, May 1, at 2:00 p.m.
May 1: City Council Budget Committee Meeting
On Friday, April 20, CalArts students competed in the inaugural competition, Junk Battle, a new environmental contest that asks some of LA’s most creative young minds to focus on an enormous environmental issue—namely, what to do about the mountains of waste that we humans create.
May 9: New Normal Sustainable Arts Fair, Green Workshop
On Thursday, May 3, the CalArts Expo returns to showcase radical new directions in digital arts and technology from students, faculty, alumni, and guest artists working across all disciplines.
May 3: CalArts Digital Expo
The CSUN Softball team takes on UC Santa Barbara this weekend in a three-game series.
Matadors Face-Off Against Gauchos in 3-Game Series
May’s National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity for people all across the nation to focus attention on the year-round needs of American children and youth in foster care.
May 19: Foster, Foster-Adopt a Child Information Meeting
“Wheelchair Assist” — a business venture and senior design project created by a team of California State University, Northridge mechanical-engineering students — won first place and $20,000 at CSUN’s annual Bull Ring New Venture Competition that took place earlier this week.
Matadors Take First Place, $20K in Bull Ring New Venture Competition
The Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce is excited to celebrate the 10th annual State of the County Luncheon as Supervisor Kathryn Barger shares her vision for the Santa Clarita Valley.
May 11: Chamber’s State of the County Luncheon
The Northpark Village Square is planning a Child Safety Fair in the center for Saturday, May 5, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
May 5: Child Safety Fair at Northpark Village Square
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) began mailing 5,148,411 Sample Ballot booklets to voters for the June 5th Statewide Direct Primary Election.
More than 5 Million Sample Ballots Mailed Out Ahead of Statewide Primary
NORTHRIDGE - With the regular season in the rearview mirror, No. 19 CSUN Water Polo now sets its sights on the Big West Conference Tournament.
CSUN Readies for Big West Tournament Play Against UC Irvine
On a lovely, summer evening, June 16, 1978, Saugus High School celebrated their first graduating class with a ceremony full of firsts.
June 16: Saugus High 40-Year Reunion Class of ’78
The JetHawks couldn’t overcome an early deficit and fell to the Visalia Rawhide, 10-5, on Wednesday afternoon at Recreation Park.
George’s Homer Not Enough to Overcome JetHawks’ Deficit
The Community Gardens of Santa Clarita first broke ground in 2011 with the support of Garden Club of Santa Clarita and the city of Santa Clarita.
May 5: Community Garden of Santa Clarita’s Farm-to-Table Kids Event
SACRAMENTO - On Wednesday, Senator Scott Wilk, R - Antelope Valley, announced that the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization has unanimously passed Senate Bill 1452, a bill aimed at creating an official state memorial for those Californians who have fallen fighting in support of the Global War on Terror.
Wilk’s War on Terror Memorial One Step Closer to Reality
On April 15, 19-year-old artist and Santa Clarita resident, Lauren Dair, stumbled across the Stagelight Monthly Music Contest II on social media and on a whim, she casually entered her song "Monster.”
SCV Resident Releases Song Co-Written by Linkin Park Band Members
For over 30 years, College of the Canyons has been a leader in Workforce Training and Development by providing customized training solutions to businesses in our region.
May 18: COC’s Business Partner Breakfast
The Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy is an independent office that serves as a voice for small business within the federal government, the watchdog for the Regulatory Flexibility Act and the source of small business statistics.
May 3: Regional Regulatory Reform Roundtable
The Gentle Barn, a national, nonprofit, animal sanctuary that saves animals from abuse and neglect has an inspiring new rescue story.
Gentle Barn, ‘Walking Dead’ Star Team Up for Cow Saved from Slaughter
The Santa Clarita City Council approved Councilmember Bob Kellar’s nomination and appointed Philip M. Hart to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission during the council’s regular meeting Tuesday night. Hart was selected on the recommendation of a community-driven advisory panel and will replace Charles Heffernan, who resigned earlier this year.
Phil Hart Fills Vacancy on Planning Commission
The Opioid Crisis is a severe and growing problem. On average, 174 people in America every day die from an overdose or addiction-related complication. This is completely unacceptable. In order to combat this national challenge, we must approach this issue from all angles.
April 28: National Drug Take Back Day
1906 - Bobby Batugo, World Champion Mixologist in the 1970s, born in The Philippines [story]
College of the Canyons hit three home runs to power past Victor Valley College 10-2 on Tuesday, keeping the Cougars' conference championship hopes alive.
Cougars Power Past Victor Valley 10-2
College of the Canyons finished its conference schedule a perfect 16-0 by beating Barstow College 6-2 after 'Sophomore Day' ceremonies at Whitten Field.
Canyons Clinches Division Championship With 6-2 Win Over Barstow
College of the Canyons' men's golf team had all five players finish in the top-five of the individual standings on the way to a 35-stroke team victory at Western State Conference No. 10 on Monday at San Dimas Golf Course.
COC Men’s Golf Team Crushes Competition at WSC No. 10
The College of the Canyons Cougars closed out their three-game series with conference leader Glendale College, downing the Vaqueros 5-2 on Saturday to finish the weekend one game back with three to go.
Canyons Takes Series With 5-2 Win Over Glendale
The SCV Senior Center's Scholar Series will present a historical reenactment of American educator, author and journalist Laura Ingalls Wilder performed by Louise Willard of the American Association of University Women on Friday, April 27, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
April 27: Senior Center to Present Historical Reenactment of ‘Little House’ Author
In a unanimous 4-0 vote Tuesday night, the Santa Clarita City Council appointed former Logix Federal Credit Union Chief Operating Officer and Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation board member Philip M. Hart to fill a position on the city's five-member Planning Commission.
City Council Appoints Phil Hart to Planning Commission
California State University, Northridge gender and women’s studies students and queer studies students will present their capstone research projects about the cultural aspects of sexuality and gender to students, faculty, staff and members of the community on Tuesday, May 1, and Wednesday, May 2, at the university.
May 1-2: CSUN 5th Annual ‘Sex in the Library’ Event
The California Senate Committee on Public Safety voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve Senate Bill 1024, the Animal Cruelty and Violence Intervention Act of 2018, introduced by Senator Scott Wilk, R-Antelope Valley, as a way to address the undeniable link between animal abuse and violence towards humans.
Wilk Animal Cruelty Intervention Act OK’d by Committee
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Foundation hosted a recognition and appreciation dinner on April 19 for the dedicated men and women who volunteer with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
SCV Sheriff’s Foundation Honors Local Volunteers
Brandon Gold didn’t allow a run over seven innings, and the JetHawks hit two home runs to support him in a 9-3 win over the Visalia Rawhide on Tuesday night at Recreation Park.
Solid Gold Gets Third Win with Help from Bats
Rep. Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley) introduced H.R. 5610, the bipartisan Better Energy Storage Technology Act, on Wednesday, seeking to establish innovation goals to develop large-scale commercially viable energy storage technology.
Knight Introduces Bill to Boost Energy Storage Development
Cannabis management officials from LA County and the city of LA offer advice to people seeking employment as retail cannabis budtenders.
Cannabis Officials Offer Job Tips for Aspiring Budtenders
An Arleta man and his sister are happy to be alive after another driver shot at their vehicle eight times on Highway 14 near Crown Valley Road in the Acton area Tuesday night.
Assailant Shoots at Arleta Man, Woman on Highway 14
Senate Bill 1409, which would update current law to streamline the production of industrial hemp in California, has been passed by the Senate Committee on Public Safety.
Wilk Industrial Hemp Bill Unanimously Passes Senate Committee