Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

Elizabeth Evans
Saugus, California

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(LA24)LOS ANGELES, June 5 [1968]--WOMAN GRAZED BY BULLET--Elizabeth Evans of Saugus, Calif., puts her handkerchief to her forehead which was grazed by a bullet at the hairline during the shooting of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles early today. (AP Wirephoto) 1968.

Elizabeth Evans was the wife of Art Evans.

From "The Life And Times Of Scott Newhall" by Ruth Waldo Newhall, Old Town Newhall Gazette, January-February 1996:

Scott wasn't the only ambitious publisher who sought to serve the growing community. He had the inside track, of course, having bought the existing 44-year-old weekly, but there were several challengers.

Most of them counted on the fact that Scott's flamboyant editorial policies annoyed many local citizens. The rival publishers ignored the fact that the customers had to read the Signal to be annoyed.

In an era where competitive newspapers were slowly dying out across the nation, there wasn't room for two papers in a community that had yet to count 20,000 residents.

Perhaps the greatest threat to the management of the Signal was Art Evans' weekly Sentinel.

Art was a popular and convivial Sand Canyon resident, with a variety of past experiences including some stints at newspapering. It was he who thought up the name "Canyon Country" to describe the eastern part of what had been included in "Saugus."

Art was seeking weapons to topple the Signal from its perch. Pointing to Scott's stand on the Vietnam War, he hinted in several editorials that Scott's views were dangerously Red. Scott replied by writing a front-page editorial, "I'm Calling You Out, Art Evans," and challenged him to a duel of words at high noon in front of the Valley Federal building, located at the strategic intersection of San Fernando Road and Railroad Avenue, the traditional entrance to downtown Newhall.

It was the week before Christmas, exactly 30 years ago. Scott and the Signal staff were stunned to see that stores and shopping had apparently been abandoned for the event. Sheriff's deputies were posted here and there around the curbs, apparently not believing that a duel would be limited to words.

Traffic was rerouted to Railroad and Newhall Avenues. Prominent in the front row of spectators was Sheriff Peter Pitchess. And standing alone in the middle of the street was Scott. The last thing he said before walking out was, "If the S.O.B. turns up full of cheer and dressed like Santa Claus, I'm beaten."

Art didn't show up. The Sentinel faded away. Not long afterward Scott invited Art to a private dinner, at which they found they agreed on nearly everything except whose paper should survive.

Art Evans died a few short years later. Scott delivered the eulogy at his memorial services.

al1968: 9600 dpi jpeg from original AP Wire Photo, collection of Alan Pollack
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