Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
Investors Celebrate Oil Gusher
Saugus, California

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August 3, 1963 — Hollywood actress Joan Blackman and her friend Paul Horn celebrate the success of an oil well in which they and others invested. Metro Group photo identifies the location as "near Saugus, California."

We haven't come across a newspaper article that corresponds to this photograph, and we have no idea where this oil well was. Until we do, we'll file it under "Bermite Environs."

Cutline reads:

Splattered with mud, actress Joan Blackman and musician Paul Horn rejoice over discovery of oil at well in which they have part interest. Site is near Saugus, California, about an hour's drive from Los Angeles.

We did locate a couple of newspapers that ran this photo with an extended caption (only) that contains more information than the original cutline, suggesting the photo was distributed with a news article — but those particular newspapers didn't run it.

Caption to this photo as published Saturday, Aug. 3, 1963, in the Milwaukee Journal Green Sheet reads:

Despite appearances, a catastrophe has not just caught up with actress Joan Blackman. Quite the opposite. She and 29 friends — including Paul Horn — formed a syndicate to finance an oil well near Saugus, Calif. The well was a gusher. To celebrate the event, the investors tossed a party at the site, and it's apparent that Miss Blackman and her associates are rapidly becoming filthy rich — just rolling in it.

We can't be certain the partial clipping attached to the back of our copy of this photo is from the Milwaukee Journal Green Sheet, but it's likely, which would make this ex-Green Sheet archive. The Green Sheet was a 4-page section of the Journal that was published on green paper from the 1910s until 1995, when the afternoon Journal merged with the morning Milwaukee Sentinel.

We also found the photograph in the Orlando Sentinel, Aug. 4, 1963.

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LW2898: 9600 dpi jpeg from original photograph purchased 2017 by Leon Worden.

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