July 4, 1979 — Popular Western recording artist and Happy Valley-Newhall resident Tex Wiliams is a division marshal in downtown Newhall's
1979 Fourth of July Parade.
Here, Williams (Aug. 23, 1917 – Oct. 11, 1985), who owned the onetime French Village nightclub in Newhall, is riding northbound on San Fernando Road (previously Spruce Sreet, later Main Street) in front of Preferred Glass
(Preferred Glass of SCV Inc.) at 24321 San Fernando Road, on the west side of the road between Market Street and 8th Street.
The shop at left, Hung Up on Plants, used to be Newhall Flower & Gift Shop. In the 2010s, it was an Army Surplus store.
Preferred Glass became National Glass.
The open space in the photo above is occupied by Virgil Saunders' 2-story office building at 24325 Main Street.
The driver of the car has been identified as Herb Thacker of Thacker Stationers, 24253 San Fernando Road (Main Street).
Recollecting My Neighbor, Tex Williams by Patti Rasmussen (2006).