Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
Esther Dyer
COC Local History Project

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COC Local History Project

Subject: Esther Dyer (DOB October 28, 1929)

Interviewer: Tony LaConte

Date: April 15, 2009

Location: College of the Canyons Library, Valencia Campus

rt: 48:34

©2009 COC & Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society

Interviewer's rundown

00:00 Introduction
00:30 Description of Santa Clarita Valley
01:30 Family history
02:30 Father's work
04:00 Local geography
06:30 Childhood / farm life
09:00 Education / work
14:30 Children's education
16:30 Marriage / husband's work
19:00 The honey story
25:00 Children's work
30:30 Local geography as an adult
34:00 Grandchildren
35:30 Changes in the local area
39:00 Traveling
41:00 Reflections on the past
42:30 Feelings about change
44:00 Closing thoughts

Esther Duran grew up in a Newhall Land and Farming Co. ranch house on the Saugus-Ventura Road (today's Magic Mountain Parkway), at what is now the southeast corner of Magic Mountain Parkway and Valencia Boulevard, roughly where the Bob's Big Boy restaurant was built in 1972. Nearby was a Newhall Land irrigation pond, from which water was piped to the fields. It was located roughly where the county Civic Center was erected in 1970.

She graduated from San Fernando High School in the late 1940s and was the Mint Canyon Lions Club nominee for 1950 SCV Fourth of July beauty queen. On June 2, 1951, living with her parents in Forrest Park (lower Mint Canyon), she married her Mint Canyon neighbor James Dyer (Jr.) of the "Honey House" Dyers, Hart High Class of 1949 — the first graduating class of the SCV's first high school.

Born October 28, 1929, Esther was one of six children of Samuel Duran (b. 2-19-1903, d. 1-19-1970) and the former Emilia Appelzoller. Samuel Duran, originally from New Mexico, came to Newhall in the mid-1930s from a ranch in Oxnard to work for Newhall Land. He stayed until 1962-63 when he went to work at the Kings Ranch in Bouquet Canyon, then to Lancaster to farm alfalfa before returning to his native New Mexico. The Appelzollers, also from New Mexico, lived at Honby (today's Ruether Avenue area in western Canyon Country).

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