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Newhall School | Newhall, California


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We don't know exactly what's going on in this photograph — judging from other Newhall School photos, school plays were popular in the 1930s — but we do know it's Newhall School, December 1936. According to photo contributor Patricia Bennett (nee Patricia Pearl Cook), the children are third and fourth graders, and their teacher is Bertha Blum. 3x5-inch glossy print.

Bertha Blum was one of the six children of Acton pioneer ranchers George and Magdalena Blum, who came from Switzerland and settled in 1891 in Aliso Canyon, where they established the Blum Ranch. Both Bertha and a sister, Emma, were Newhall School teachers in 1936-37. According to Meryl Adams (1988), Bertha married a man named Fuller and moved to Lancaster, while Emma, apparently unmarried, remained a teacher, first in Newhall and then in the Lancaster area.

These children attended the fourth iteration of the K-8 Newhall School, built in 1928 at what is now 24607 Walnut Street. (The first burned down, the second met an uncertain fate and the third was outgrown). The fourth school burned down in February 1939 — just prior to Patricia Cook's June 1939 graduation from the eighth grade — and was rebuilt in place.


PC3602: 19200 dpi jpeg from original photograph donated 2003 by Patricia Bennett (nee Patricia Pearl Cook) of Carpinteria.
FOURTH NEWHALL SCHOOL 1925-1939

SEE ALSO:
• 1939 FIRE


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School Opens 1925

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1st Commencement 1926

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Student Body 1928/1929

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Commencement 1929

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Quad Area 1930

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Kindergarten 1932

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1st Grade 1933

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Thanksgiving ~1935

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Miss Frisbee's Class 12/1935

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Tom Thumb Wedding ~1936

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School Play? 12/1936

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Arabian Nights ~1937

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Teachers Bertha & Emma Blum 1937

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8th Grade 1938

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Patricia Cook's Diploma 1939

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History 2-17-1939

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