Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
Arbor Day 1956?
Newhall School?

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This photograph comes to us with no written information. It might be an Arbor Day 1956 tree planting at the park next to Newhall School at Walnut and 11th streets.

The photograph was made by Harold G. Deines, a professional photographer and teacher who came to town in 1954 and became the "school picture guy." It was included in a grouping of his Newhall School pictures.

A news story in The Newhall Signal, March 15, 1956, references an Arbor Day tree planting by Boy Scouts and Camp Fire Girls at "Newhall Park." Prior to the opening in 1950 of Henry M. Newhall Memorial Park at Newhall Avenue and the current Dalbey Drive, the park and playground next to Newhall School was known as "Newhall Park." The location reference might be a holdover. The power lines are correct for Walnut Street but not for Newhall Avenue.

Arbor Day at Newhall Park saw the planting of a silver leaf maple by the Boy Scouts, Troop 2 and the Camp Fire Girls, led by Mrs. Flora Trester. A brief summary was given on the tree, and its planting care, then the group adjourned outside where the boys, aided in spirit by the girls, and assisted by Lou Salaben, Park maintenance man, planted the tree.

HAROLD G. DEINES (1922-1970) brought his family to the Santa Clarita 1954 and taught photography and drivers' education at Hart High School. He also was the proprietor of Pin N' Pen Photo Stationers in Newhall. Harold and wife Esther were married in 1944 in Kansas, where Harold was the sports and society photographer for the Wichita Eagle newspaper. They lived briefly in Tucson, Ariz., prior to their arrival in Newhall (Chestnut Street), where they raised four children — Glenn, Anita (Barnes), Sylvia (Wortman) and Myrna (Litt). Not yet 50, Harold succumbed to a long illness; Esther (1921-2009) continued her teaching and adminstrative career with the Newhall School District, sang in the church choir (Santa Clarita United Methodist) and was active in the SCV Senior Center and Friends of the Library.

HG5601: 9600 dpi jpeg from original 8x10 photograph courtesy of Myrna Deines Litt and B.J. Atkins. Online image only.





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