Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

Elizabeth Blum

Miss Acton 1952

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Elizabeth Blum, the first "Miss Acton," represented her community at the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival, September 4-7, 1952.

The following year, she became Mrs. Elizabeth Billet.

Some years after that, Ray and Elizabeth Billet took over the operation of the Blum Ranch in Aliso Canyon, Acton, where Elizabeth's grandfather George Blum homesteaded in the 1890s. Elizabeth's parents were George Blum Jr. (eldest son of the homesteader) and the former Miss Rubey Kingsbury, sometimes (mis)spelled "Ruby."

Read the Blum Ranch Story by Ray and Elizabeth Billet.

Above: Faded Kodacolor print, 3x3 inches, developed December 1952. Below: Mementoes saved by Elizabeth Billet.

The Queen of the 1952 A.V. Fair — Miss Antelope Valley — was Geraldine Muschinski of the Upper San Francisquito Canyon community of Green Valley. Rounding out the queen's court were Patricia Hankins (Eastside), Joan Riddle (Lake Hughes), Una Lee Perkins (Lancaster), Peggy Stellar (Leona Valley), Margie Pratt (Littlerock), Sharlee Bowlin (Mojave), Evelyn Smith (Palmdale), Shirley Brubaker (Pearblossom), Janet Maxwell (Quartz Hill), Mary Arthur (Rosamond) and Mary Moore (Westside).

Antelope Valley Ledger Gazette of Lancaster. Click to enlarge | Download archival scan

Color photocopy of program cover. Click to enlarge | Download archival scan

Back of photo shown at top. Click to enlarge | Download archival scan

LW3803: 9600 dpi jpeg from original materials purchased by Leon Worden from Billet Family/Blum Ranch estate sale, 2/24/2020. All to photo file.
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