Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
Gladys Laney
Legacy: Santa Clarita's Living History


©2014 SCVTV (Taped probably 2002, possibly 2003)


• Gladys Thibaudeau (married name Laney) born July 16, 1910, at home at the southwest corner of Market Street and Newhall Avenue (now a senior apartment complex); still lives on Market Street.

• Remembers the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in November 1913.

• Attended the third Newhall School, which faced Pico Road (now Lyons) west of Newhall Avenue.

• Actor Tom Mix lived across the street (probably on Walnut Street); Gladys observed Tom purchasing his wonder horse, Tony, on the Thibaudeau property. Tom used the Thibaudeau property for filming.

• Attended dances at the dance hall in Mentryville and Hap-A-Lan Hall in Newhall, before the latter was used as a morgue for St. Francis Dam victims in 1928.

• Burials on the Needham Ranch outside of the current Eternal Valley Cemetery property; graves later moved to the Pioneer Cemetery (Garden of Pioneers) at Eternal Valley.



VIDEO ~2002


Prominent Newhall Women 1901


Gladys 1920s


Needhams (2) ~1930


Armantha Obituary 1961


Story 2000


July 4 Parade 2012


104th Birthday 2014

Obituary 11-24-2014

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