HERITAGE  HAPPENINGS

By Meryl Adams of Acton

INTRODUCTION

     This record of our Historical Heritage was complied to include the correct date and place for each episode Happening with the added information about the people who were there responsible for the Happening. Our cut-off date-1950’s, except for a few “Postscripts for Posterity.”

    We have a rich source of information for our research and many pictures. We have an additional “Adventure Of Research” as I have met many of the descendants of our original Pioneers. This has reaffirmed my personal belief in the sharing characteristics of those of the past as their offspring have also shared in this Book Project.

     It has taken more than eight years to put this book together. My main regret is that there are many included in these pages, just without pictures, just because, I have not had another eight years to run down some more offspring of Our Great Pioneers.

     We, in this area of Acton, Aqua Dulce and the Antelope Valley are fast losing our “ruralism” which is an expected happening when more people move into the area. However, this situation is a signal for a positive approach to our “rualism past.”

     To all who read of “our Rualism Past,” I share the following which I learned along time ago:


Time Is Wonderful

Conserve Our Heritage of the Past

Observe the Present as we Respect the Past

Create for the Future as we contribute to Tomorrow


     We had to be “explored” before we could become known. I have chosen our “Explorer Representatives” who appear in our Episode of 1844.

 Meryl Adams- 1987 Acton

TO MILDRED PITT

WHOSE SINCERE FRIENDSHIP, LOYALTY AND TRUST I HAVE FELT SINCE 1927, I DEDICATE THIS BOOK OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH IN GRATITUDE FOR HER UNDERSTANDING OF THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROJECT.


                                                                   Dedication

                                                                   Original Copy 1987

                                                                   Meryl Adams    Approval -- 1990

FOREWORD

TO OUR TRAILBLAZING PIONEERS, WHO MADE THIS HISTORY, AND THE INDOMITABLE WILL AND PERSEVERANCE OF THE AUTHOR IN GATHERING THESE PICTURES AND CHECKING THE STORIES FOT ACCURACY OF THIS GREAT PAST.

                                                                     --Mildred Pitt 

Meryl Adams At Her Desk.

  1. 1835-1875 Tiburcio Vasquez, The Lady Who Really Tracked Him Down!

  2. 1844 Mrs. John C. Fremont Sends Husband To Wilds Of California

  3. 1852 & 1858 Covered Wagons Through Soledad Canyon, Fryer Family Ancestors

  4. 1853 Respectful Desert Indians Through The Soledad Canyon

  5. 1861-1863 Soledad City Became Ravena City Town Site

  6. 1864-1868 Mexican Miners- Another Gold Rush- Ravena City Post Office

  7. 1869-1887 First School In Soledad District- Ravena City

  8. 1870-1877 Ravenna Had The Town (Including the Saloon) Acton Area Became Heritage Happenings Cedar Mining District (1877)

  9. 1876 Golden Spike At Lang- Our Railroad Connection!

  10. 1876-1877 Railroad Business- Names For The Way Stations

  11. 1880-1885 John Duehren & R.E. Nickel Made Their Acton Plans In Kansas

  12. 1880-1890 Acton Railroad Stations

  13. 1884-1886 Paper Mill At Ravenna

  14. 1885-1887 John Duehren Family, Arrival Acton, Christmas 1885, First House In Acton 1887

  15. 1885-1903 Ed Brough, McPhertridges, & The Red Rover Mine

  16. 1886 Mr. & Mrs. George Melrose, Red Rover Canyon/ Mr. & Mrs. Norman Melrose, Mt. Gleason

  17. 1886-1888 Five Branches Of The William Melrose Family, Acton Pioneers

  18. 1886-1892 A. B. Mellen Family Brought Experience, Knowledge & Community Service To Acton

  19. 1887 Nickel Family In Kansas- ”Acton, Here We Come!”

  20. 1887-1986 Acton Postmasters, From Official Records

  21. 1888 April 29, The Union Moral & Religious Association Of Acton Used The Little White Schoolhouse For Meetings

  22. 1888 George Washington Clingan Took A Special Trip To Acton

  23. 1888 May 20, First Sunday School Organization In Acton

  24. 1888 Rev. John E. Robbins, Frontier Preacher, & Family

  25. 1888-1889 Courtship On Acton Lake, Mattie Robbins & Arthur Hubbard

  26. 1888-1889 Floods Stop Trains & Mail

  27. 1888-1889 Homemade Bricks For Building In Acton Town

  28. 1888-1889 Travel Between Elizabeth Lake & Acton- For Several Reasons

  29. 1888-1891 Gustav Kruger, Cattle Range Camper, Joined The Acton Town Builders, First Saloon In Acton, 1889

  30. 1888-1898 Frank Hubbard Goes After The Girl Of His Dreams

  31. 1888-1938 Fifty Year Record Of Rural Education In Acton

  32. 1888-1938 Soledad School District Acton California

  33. 1889-1898 The L.K Rayburn Family

  34. 1890 April 21, The Deed Was Done, A Gift For Acton!

  35. 1890 October, Dedication! New Brick Soledad School At Acton

  36. 1890 The Farmer Family In The Mint Canyon. Indian Trouble

  37. 1890-1892 Bruno Nickel- Eugene Nickel- Build Their Homes

  38. 1890-1901 Railroad Business At Ravenna

  39. 1890-1909 Schulte Family- Home By The Chicalopes

  40. 1891 Acton Supply Center For Big Tujunga Miners

  41. 1891 Lou Henry Met R.E. Nickel At Acton, California

  42. 1891 Magdalena & George Blum Take A Trip-To Acton

  43. 1891-1912 Blum Family Homestead In Aliso Canyon

  44. 1891-1913 R.E. Nickel’s Acton Rooster Newspaper

  45. 1891-1958 Acton Roadmasters- In Residence

  46. 1891-1987 Blum Ranch-Aliso Canyon-Acton-96 Years- Heritage Enrichment As The Years Progressed

  47. 1891-1987 The Famous Blum Ranch Of Acton, California

  48. 1892 Fourth Of July Picnic In The Acton Country Park

  49. 1892 R.E. Nickel Laid Out Downtown Acton- Surveyed And Recorded

  50. 1892-1901 Cooperation In The Acton Cooperative Store

  51. 1893 Mr. & Mrs. Gustav Kruger- Their Ready Made Family

  52. 1894 Gipp Family Settle Nine Miles West Of Acton -Agua Dulce

  53. 1894 Salute To Our Flag- Fourth Of July At Acton County Park

  54. 1894-1903 Paul Bachert- The “Cheap For Cash” Merchant

  55. 1895-1896 Miss Julia Finney & Her Students/ Red Brick Soledad School Acton

  56. 1895-1896 R. E. Nickel Builds His New Home

  57. 1895-1903 Horatio Nelson Newton Makes His Choice

  58. 1897 A Happy Summer At Acton For Nora Melrose

  59. 1897 Henry Renkin, The Joyful Acton Blacksmith

  60. 1897 John Robbins, Guest Reporter, R.E. Nickel’s Acton Rooster Winter 1897

  61. 1897 New Hotel Acton Mr. & Mrs. Gustav Kruger, First Proprietors

  62. 1898 Flossie Melrose, First Lady Postmaster In Acton

  63. 1899 Cedar Mining District, Acton

  64. 1899 Escondido Grande Mine

  65. 1899 The Woodside Family In Acton

  66. 1900-1901 Acton Oil Boom “As It Has Never Been Boomed Before!”

  67. 1900-1901 Mr. W. H. Broome & Family Of Vincent

  68. 1900-1901 Presidential Election, Wm McKinley Assassination, Theodore Roosevelt Our President

  69. 1900-1901 School & Town Of Acton Had A Good Year

  70. 1900-1903 School Books, Teacher Institutes, Pupil Grades & Democracy

  71. 1900-1905 Acton Improvement Club, T. G. Shafer First President

  72. 1900-1918 Adventures On Our Mt. Gleason

  73. 1901 Acton On The Line, Long Distance Telephone/ 1906 Local Telephone Service. “Don’t You Want To Join?”

  74. 1901 January 18, Grandma Melrose Buried On Mt. Gleason Ranch Of Her Son Norman Melrose

  75. 1901-1902 “Zack” Davidson, Handyman With Imagination

  76. 1901-1904 Ladies In The Mining Business

  77. 1902 A Trip On A Summer Day

  78. 1902 The Actonoma Oil & Development Company

  79. 1902-1912 The Blacksmiths Of Acton, Ravenna & Ranches

  80. 1903 Honey Harvest, Pure Mountain Honey

  81. 1903 January 20, W. H. Broome & N. M. Melrose

  82. 1903 Traditional Acton Hospitality

  83. 1903-1904 Fred Gross, Sr. & Family, Farmers. Ravenna Railroad Pumping Plant of 1904

  84. 1903-1904 The Busy Reverend Robbins

  85. 1903-1904 Transportation- Auto Or The Railroad?

  86. 1903-1905 L.K. Rayburn, Southern Pacific & Wells Fargo Acton Agent- Plus Local Editor & Manager Acton Rooster Newspaper

  87. 1903-1906 Building Newton Store Business

  88. 1903-1908 Albert W. Freese, Railroad Section Foreman Acton

  89. 1903-1908 Gipp Family Succeeded In Agua Dulce

  90. 1904 Christmas Program In Acton “Best Ever!”

  91. 1904-1905 Acton Roadmaster, Arthur Hubbard

  92. 1904-1905 Paul Bachert Sets Up Business In Lancaster

  93. 1904-1911 Ethel Clingan, “Lightning Slinger” & Horsewoman

  94. 1904-1928 Mark Kreppel & Herman Mellen Worked Together For Education In Antelope Valley Schools

  95. 1905 Captain Mitchell, A Big Chicken Ranch In Lower Soledad Canyon

  96. 1905 July 4, Independence Day - All Day - All Night!

  97. 1905 Mail, Eggs, Or Chickens?

  98. 1905 Six Months Of Business Changes In Downtown Acton- Time For A “Hop” - And Then “Another Shake The Foot!”

  99. 1905-1906 Water For Los Angeles & Acton?

  100. 1905-1908 Deer Hunters Of Acton Area

  101. 1905-1909- Blum Family-Work At Acton, Leona Valley & Los Angeles

  102. 1905-1912 That Dashing Young Bachelor, Fred Gross, Jr. & The Fred Couse Family

  103. 1906 Debate: Shall The Government Own & Control The Railroads?

  104. 1906 Frank Hubbard And Will Clingan Back To Acton

  105. 1906 Independent Literary & Debating Society - Canada Or Mexico?

  106. 1906 Mrs. Averill, Our Happy Teacher

  107. 1906 October 6, Brother Slayton & The Lang Station Fire

  108. 1906 Thanksgiving! Weather & The Republican Administration!

  109. 1906 Walter Duehren In Charge Of Mt. Gleason Road-building

  110. 1906-1911 Belle Murdy Smith, Lady Farmer

  111. 1907 Train Wrecks, New Block Signal System

  112. 1908-1911 Red Rover Mine, Preparations To Boom Again

  113. 1908-1912 Cement For Blum Ranch Water Line

  114. 1908-1922 Burro Influence As We Grew Up In Acton

  115. 1908-1922 The Sterling Borax Company, Industry And Mining Camp Of Soledad Township- Agua Dulce

  116. 1909 Acton Provided Pure Mountain Air For W.P. Whitsett                            

  117. 1909 Charles Fletcher Lummis Featured In R.E. Nickel’s Acton Rooster

  118. 1909 Dorothy Mellen Drove To Acton On Family Business

  119. 1909 The Busy Bees Of Soledad School At Acton

  120. 1909-1912 Rosebine Summer Resort

  121. 1909-1915 Captain L.G. Loomis- Big Tejuna- Alder Creek Homestead

  122. 1910 Ex-Governor Gage To Portugal By Way Of Acton Red Rover Mine

  123. 1910 First International Air Meet Held In America Dominquez Field, California- Rayburns Of Acton Attended

  124. 1910 Honey Loading Day- An Annual Fall Event

  125. 1910 W.P. Whitsett Ready To Build Van Nuys

  126. 1910-1911 Wells Fargo Business- L.K. Rayburn Acton Agent

  127. 1910-1912 Acton Rock Crusher

  128. 1910-1912 Mr. H.L. Heffner, New Owner Of The Gross Ranch At Ravenna

  129. 1910-1913 High Jinks At Hubbardville

  130. 1911 The Benedict Bill- No School Census This Year

  131. 1911-1914 June 29 -Mr. & Mrs. Fred Gross, Jr.

  132. 1912 Emile Gipp Leased Heffner Ranch

  133. 1912-1920 Prevention of Population Loss In Antelope Valley

  134. 1912-1923 Frank Wright Family, Farmers In Mint Canyon

  135. 1912-1929 Antelope Valley Joint Union Highschool Lancaster California   

  136. 1913 January 15, Two Newspaper Editors- Acton & Littlerock

  137. 1914 First School In Agua Dulce- Property Of The “Dad” Johnson Family

  138. 1914 The Ulysses Sumner Grant Johnson Family Arrived In Aqua Dulce

  139. 1914-1931 Nail Homestead, By the Chicalopes, North Crown Valley

  140. 1915-1946 W. B. Johnson, Railroad Telegrapher- Served From Vincent To Lang- Ravenna & Acton

  141. 1915-1949 Acton Branch Los Angeles County Public Library

  142. 1916 (The Early Days) The Buda Family Of Soledad Canyon Road, U.S.A.

  143. 1916 Blum Ranch Party- Large Stone House Completed

  144. 1916 Lydia Duehren Newton, Postmaster, Represented Acton At Carmel

  145. 1916 March 26, Acton Community Presbyterian Church Organized

  146. !916 March 26, Organization Of The Acton Community Presbyterian Church, Pastors Of The Church

  147. 1916 October 1, Calling The Roll- Sunday School Rally Day

  148. 1916 San Diego California Panama Canal International Exposition- Held over From 1915

  149. 1916-1921 Mint Canyon Road- The Owens River Aqueduct

  150. 1916-1933 Platz Family On The Heffner Ranch

  151. 1917-1980 Heritage Legacy From Virginia Platz Dryer

  152. 1918-1923 Captain & Mrs. J.J. Haish, Traditional New Year Oyster Dinner At Red Brick School In Acton

  153. 1918-1946 The War Years

  154. 1919-1924 Donkey Duty- At The O’Briens’

  155. 1919-1924 Mr. And Mrs. R.E. Nickel Retire To Acton

  156. 1920-1938 Well Equipped- HIgh Speed- Antelope Valley High School Buses

  157. 1920-1947 Those Early Pioneer School Bus Drivers

  158. 1920-1958 Blum Ranch CIder Mill, “Comin’ Over By The Hill!”

  159. !921 Fred Roth Family

  160. 1921 Hikers Follow Historical Trail On Mt. Gleason

  161. 1921 Mr. Franzen, Acton Barnstormer, Brought ‘His Jenny” In For A Landing

  162. 1921-1922 Miss Gorchakoff- Our Teacher In The Red Brick School At Acton

  163. 1921-1924 Rev. Hugh B. Sutherland Accepts His Call To Acton Community Presbyterian Church, Dedication June 8, 1924

  164. 1922-1938 James W. Fryer, Senior, & Family Settle In Soledad, Canyon

  165. 1922-1938 Lena McClaflin, Our Teacher, 16 Years Of Service

  166. 1923 Record-1890-1938 Meeting The Water Needs, Soledad Brick School

  167. 1923-1928 Maurice H. Rowell Of Antelope Valley Union High School

  168. 1923-1963 Dola And Frank Strong- Acton Week-enders For 40 Years On Grandfather Strong’s Homestead Of 1886

  169. 1924-1950’s On Easter Hill In Acton, Sunrise Tradition

  170. 1925 Movie Making & The Theater In Acton

  171. 1925-1929 The Sand Paper-A.V.H.S. Newspaper-Respected In The Antelope Valley

  172. 1926 December 14, “Swimming Pool Nearly Finished”

  173. 1926 Rev. Hugh B. Sutherland- Soledad Track Coach

  174. 1926 September 21, “Wet Prospects On Dry Ground”

  175. 1926-1942 Acton Hotel, Private Residence, Mr. & Mrs. Ellery L. Henck

  176. 1926-1980 Mint Julip Club- Agua Dulce & Acton

  177. 1927 Acton Cemetery, Gift To Acton  From The Duehren Family

  178. 1927-1928 Antelope Valley Fair & The Junior Farm Bureau/ Byron Chase Of Acton, Clara Reese Of Littlerock

  179. 1927-1928 Blum Ranch Pear Packing Crew With A Field Trip Idea

  180. 1927-1928 Lively Go-Getters - Ladies, Please Bring Cakes

  181. 1927-1931 Mildred F. Pitt- Physical Education- AVJUHS

  182. 1927-1931 Miss Lois M. Bennink of A.V.J.U.H.S.

  183. 1928 June 5, News From The Sand-Paper

  184. 1930 April, Valley Of Sunshine Church Society

  185. 1930 May, The Saugus Ladies Honored in Acton By Acton Members Of The Saugus Community Club

  186. 1930 May 11, Farewell Church Service For Brother Evans School At Agua Dulce

  187. 1930-1946 Valley Of Sunshine Participating Members During The 1930’s Through 1942 No Meetings During War Time

  188. 1931 December 24, Christ Faith Mission Mountain Home- Forty Acres Of God’s Beauty- Memorial To Mary Off-Acton

  189. 1932 August 6, Mrs. Ellery L. Henck, Hostess For A Tea Party At Her Home In Downtown Acton

  190. 1933 June 11, Switzerland! Here Come The Blum Ladies Of Acton

  191. 1933 Mrs. Herbert Hoover Told It Like It Was To Meryl Adams Of Acton

  192. 1933-1973 Grandad’s Rifle Range- The Corwin Family In Aliso Canyon

  193. 1934 September 17, Captain Haisch Of Acton & The Antelope Valley

  194. 1935-1956 Columbo Lilac & Peony Ranch Located On The Old Moody Ranch, Mt. Gleason - The Early Years

  195. 1936 Vincent Fire Station-80- Acton, Los Angeles County

  196. 1938 March 2, The Flood of 1938

  197. 1938 November 24, Thanksgiving Reunion- Henck Family Home In Acton

  198. 1938-1955 New Soledad School Board Of Trustees/Duty Dates, Seventeen Years New School- Soledad School District Board Of Trustees

  199. 1939 James W. Fyer, Sr. Acton Roadmaster 1933-1958

  200. 1939 The Droste Family Volunteers For Acton

  201. 1939-1955 Lee’s Happy Acres On Sierra Highway- Acton Junction

  202. 1940-1941 School Board Sold Red Brick Soledad School For $301.00

  203. 1940-1952 Herman Mellen Of Acton Wrote “Reminiscences Of Old Calico”

  204. 1942 Honor For The Soledad School Bell At Acton

  205. 1942 Mabel & Johnny Boston Of Agua Dulce

  206. 1944 Opal & Ben Sciarra, Agua Dulce Merchants

  207. 1945 Nonnie Platz & Hal Chamberlain

  208. 1945 October 20, Acton Hotel Burned Down

  209. 1945 Viola & Shelton Gordon Of Palmdale

  210. 1947-1948 Goldie Dawson Of Agua Dulce, School & The Home Talent Show

  211. 1948 Agua Dulce Property Owners Association (Civic Association)

  212. 1948 The Agua Dulce Women’s Club

  213. 1949 Ground Breaking, Second Wing Of Acton School On Crown Valley Road

  214. 1949 November 10, Acton Littlerock Greater Parish (Twin Parish) Presbyterian Church-Acton Pastors

  215. 1950 Emil J. Kosa Jr., Nationally Known Artist, Painted In Our Acton And Ravenna Area

  216. 1950-1951 Los Angeles City Garbage For 50, 000 Hogs At Acton?

  217. 1950-1952 Francis Gage, His Hi-Grade Mine At Acton

  218. 1950-1958 The Palmdale Rotary Club With An Acton Connection

  219. 1950-1959 The Acton Community Church Club, Interdenominational, Incorporated

  220. 1950-1962 Sir ‘Kegian Gem Beds- “The View Alone Is Worth The Price!”

  221. 1951 August 10, United Christian Church Of Agua Dulce Canyon Gift Of Mrs. Lula E. Johnson Of Agua Dulce

  222. 1952 Easter Sunrise Service, Vasquez Rocks, Agua Dulce

  223. 1952 June 8, News Of Acton By Olive Blum

  224. 1952-1954 Vincent Railroad Station, George Duncan, Telegrapher

  225. 1953 The Indian Influence- Respect For Our Land

  226. 1955 October 25 Groundbreaking For Palmdale High School

  227. 1955 September 3, Acton Community Club Panel Party Work Day

  228. 1955-1987 Verda Small- Her 300 Third Grade Girls & Boys Of Acton School 

  229. 1956 Mr. & Mrs James W. Fryer, Sr. Family Reunion

  230. 1956-1984 Hazel L. Krueger, Acton Postmaster-Welcome Mat-Acton Chamber of Commerce Guest Book For Pacific Crest Hikers

  231. 1957-1976 The Bell Of Agua Dulce

  232. 1958 Acton Women’s Club

  233. 1958-1962 The Building Of Hedgecock Hall

  234. 1963 Postscript For Posterity- Jerry Fyrer Home On The Bill Blum Ranch- Aliso Canyon

  235. 1968 Emma Blum Of Acton & Arthur B. Perkins Of Newhall

  236. 1971 April 5, Old Timers’ Homecoming Reunion, Hedgecock Hall

  237. 1976-1982 Dale W. Schrader- Foothill

  238. 1977 Postscript For Posterity- The Way It Was Written!

  239. 1978 Annual Homecoming Church Celebration- Ninety Years

  240. 1980 Postscript For Posterity- A Gift For All Of Us

  241. Blum Ranch Hospitality- An Acton Tradition

  242. Picture Credit List

  243. Research Sources

  244. Sharing Our Recent Past-A 1980’s Problem

  245. Sharing Our Recent Past- Idea For Our Future-Now?

  246. Sharing Our Recent Past- A Look To Our Future

  247. Sharing Our Recent Past- Programs Were Fun

  248. Sharing Our Recent Past- Edward Adams, “The Man With The Hoe”

  249. Sharing Our Recent Past- Meryl Came Home To Acton 

  250. Sharing Our Recent- Acton Postmaster- Some Of  Life’s Extras

  251. Sharing Our Recent Past- We Look To The Future

  252. We Have Learned Of Our Past Now- A Part Of Our Future From The 1980’s

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