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Saturday, February 20, 2010

NEIL BUCKNAM SHARES NORTHRIDGE PHOTOS FROM THE 1950s

2010 The Year of Valley Adventures -- Northridge100
“Steve Bucknam built his home on the corner of Lindley Avenue and Rayen Street in Northridge, California. Steve is standing on the slab of the house that he built himself. He is standing with his oldest son. The picture was taken in the spring of 1951. That is Lindley Avenue in the background. Steve passed away in 2004, the house remains in the family.”

A snapshot of Northridge Elementary in 1957. The school stood on the corner of Nordhoff and Reseda.
Neil Buckman, a Northridge native, shares these photographs as part of the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Northridge, the Zelzah Colony and Porter Ranch.

12 comments:

Robert Havlicek said...

First known as Zelzah Elementary School, it was located at 9036 Reseda Boulevard, Southeast corner at intersection of Nordhoff Street. Building later razed for the construction of The World Bank.

Carolyn Carradine said...

Also because of earthquake safety. Who remembers the teacher Bertha Starr? The students were relocated to the new Prairie Street School (since razed) on the campus of Valley State ( now Cal State Northridge)

Steve Bucknam said...

I am Neil's older brother Steve. I attended Northridge Elementary from 1951 til 1957. Our Principal was Ella Waterhouse, some of the teachers were, Mrs Sawyer, Mrs Allen,Mrs Yamamoto, Mr Conte, Mrs Fitzhugh and Mrs Downey. Paggi's Corn Stand was across the street on Reseda. The Annual Northridge Stampede was held just south of his property.

Steve Bucknam, Laguna Niguel, CA

Carolyn Carradine said...

I was there 54 to 57. I remember Mrs. Waterhouse and Mr. Conte. Mrs. Starr was a horror and someone wrote an article several years ago in the LA Times mentioning her. Somewhere I have the class pictures. Remember Monty Montana coming each year to perform his rope tricks on his horse on the playground.? And I think it was every Thursday having square dancing? The Lutheran church was catty corner and there was a row of eucalyptus trees on Nordhoff next to the school. The stampede was the big highlight. I won a chick that grew into a huge rooster.

RONALD BEACH said...

I went there 63-64 the last year it was open. I recall one of the main reasons for its closure was earthquake safety. The next year I went to Topeka Elementary.

Carolyn Carradine said...

I don't think Northridge elementary as pictured was open till 64?

Bill Hunter said...

I went there from 1951 to 1955. I remember the corn field across the street and the eucalyptus trees along Nordhoff. Growing up in Northridge in those days was very special....great memories. I was last there about 20 years ago and recognized practically nothing along Reseda Bl.

Bill & Connie said...

I attended from about 1947 to 1953. Mrs. Fitzhugh was my favorite teacher. I can still picture her. My older brother John Yznaga was 3 years ahead of me and Joe was 5 years behind.
Connie Yznaga Davis

Bill & Connie said...

I remember Mrs. Waterhouse and Monte Montana coming to the school. I lived nearby on Vincennes between Plummer and Lindly..our house is now a college parking lot. It used to be orange groves and fields.

Bill & Connie said...

I attended from about 1947 to 1953. Mrs. Fitzhugh was my favorite teacher. I can still picture her. My older brother John Yznaga was 3 years ahead of me and Joe was 5 years behind.
Connie Yznaga Davis

Anne said...

I must have had Bertha Starr at the end of her illustrious career, for 6th grade at Calahan Street School in Northridge. She scared the crap out of all of us. She had flaming, dyed red hair. She had a white comb with red dye infused through it. Someone found her car in the teacher's parking lot and covered the windshield in gum and then poured sand all over it. The worst teacher I had at Calahan was Mr. Barrows, for 3rd grade. He was mean and hated children. He delighted in humiliation and breaking spirits. I had a wonderful teacher there named Mr. Tepner (sp?) for 4th grade, however.

lynnbob said...

I spent the first part of kindergarten at Northridge elementary in 1957
then I went to Calahan elementary. Mrs Waterhouse was our principal.
Mrs Starr was there then, I still remember her and was so glad I never had her.
When I was in high school one of my teachers told me his son had her, that must have been around 1970.
we was still awful.