October 15, 2013 —
Newhall Dairy Farms milk bottle, found under a house near LADWP's Power House No. 1 in San Francisquito Canyon on this date by photo contributor Jason Brice.
Clear glass, 6.5 inches, probably 1940s.
Front reads: Newhall / Dairy Farms / Newhall Calif.
Back reads: Direct from Producer to Consumer / Fresher by a Day.
Molded into the glass around the bottom: 1/3 quart / For cafe use only.
There were several dairies in the Santa Clarita Valley in the middle of the 20th Century. We don't know much about Newhall Dairy Farms,
except that it was owned by Bud Lutge, who also owned the Burbank Creamery in Placerita Canyon. Lutge (pronounced "LOO-jee") had an entry in Newhall's 1948 Fourth of July Parade.
Local historian Stan Walker found a pair of addresses for the company in a publication of the California Department of Agriculture from 1947
(Special Publication No. 225: Official List of Milk Products Plants and Fluid Milk Distributors Doing Business in the State of California as of September 1, 1947):
• Newhall Dairy Farms, 18912 US Highway #99, Newhall;
• Newhall Dairy Farms, 331 W. Linden, Burbank.
Apparently the Highway 99 address is the property in the flood plain on the east side of today's Interstate 5, south of Lyons Avenue.
Carolyn Karren writes (2017): "My Dad, John Ballard, delivered milk for Newhall Dairy from 1948 through 1951. You either got pasteurized or homogenized milk. No nonfat or 2-percent in those days.
I went with him sometimes on weekends. The dairy was on Highway 99 which later was the Smiser mule farm."
The Burbank address releates to the Lutge family's original Burbank Creamery, which they moved to Placerita Canyon.
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