Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
Tina Cooke, Charlotte Chacanaca & Susan Cooke
Balsz Ranch, Honby

Click image to enlarge

From left: Ernestine Agnes "Tina" Cooke, Charlotte Chacanaca and Susan Cooke at the Balsz ranch property in Honby, late 1940s.

According to Tina, the photo is at the home of their cousin Irene Balsz.

Tina (b. 1939) and Susan (b. 1945) were the eldest two (of three) daughters of Ernest "Ernie" Cooke (1919-1982) and Edna Louise Balsz. Through their father (Ernie), Tina and Susan trace their ancestry to individuals who lived in the Santa Clarita Valley prior to European contact in 1769.

Charlotte is their first cousin on their mother's side. Charlotte is the daughter of Edna's sister Stella (nee Balsz) and Charles "Chuck" Chacanaca.

Irene (not shown) is also their first cousin on their mother's side. Irene is one of three children of Edna's sister Elizabeth (nee Balsz) and Larry Madrid.

All of the children's maternal grandparents are Bertolo "Bert" and Minnie Balsz.

Bert (of German-Jewish and Chilean ancestry) and Minnie (Chiricahua Apache) came to Honby in the early 1930s and established an approx. 10-acre ranch bounded by Furnivall Avenue on the west, Honby Avenue on the east, Santa Clara Street on the north and Soledad Canyon Road on the south. They raised either eight or nine children there and conducted subsistence farming on the property, which was ultimately left to their children and sectioned off.

The Chacanacas (commonly pronounced CHACK-a-nack, where "chack" and "nack" rhyme with "sack," not "sock") are believed to be at least partially native American, but we don't know their heritage.

LT4801: 9600 dpi jpeg from original 3½x5½-inch photographic print courtesy of Tina Cooke.


Ernie & Daughter Tina, Balsz Ranch, Honby 1940s

Daughter Tina ~1946

Tina, Newhall School

Daughters Tina & Susan with Charlotte Chacanaca Late 1940s

Ernestine, Susan & Belen, Ridge Route 1951-52

Bus Driver ~1957



Ernestine & Children
Early 1980s

RETURN TO TOP ]   RETURN TO MAIN INDEX ]   PHOTO CREDITS ]   BIBLIOGRAPHY ]   BOOKS FOR SALE ] is another service of SCVTV, a 501c3 Nonprofit • Site contents ©SCVTV
The site owner makes no assertions as to ownership of any original copyrights to digitized images. However, these images are intended for Personal or Research use only. Any other kind of use, including but not limited to commercial or scholarly publication in any medium or format, public exhibition, or use online or in a web site, may be subject to additional restrictions including but not limited to the copyrights held by parties other than the site owner. USERS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for determining the existence of such rights and for obtaining any permissions and/or paying associated fees necessary for the proposed use.