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These photos are from the collection of the late Inez Johnson, Helen's mom.

The photos, many of them over 80 years old, have been scanned and

left at a higher resolution in order

to capture the essence of a time long passed and forgotten.

Photos with dates and locations are so noted, and others are left as "unknown " .

All photos included, form a timeline in the life of Miss Helen Johnson.

For those of us who knew her, Miss Helen was

an extremely private person.

These photos reveal a side of her unknown to us-

a truly remarkable woman who led a long and fruitful life.

Please join us as we take a step back in time to get a glimpse of the early years of the woman

we fondly knew as "Miss Helen".



Helen was born on August 6, 1923

She was the only child of Earl and Inez Johnson

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Helen September 2, 1925.

One month into the "terrible twos"

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Helen at age of 2 with Grandma and "Bow"

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Helen age unknown

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Helen at age 5 yrs. New Mexico 1928

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Helen at age 5 yrs on a saw horse complete with saddle.

New Mexico 1928

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Helen at age 7 standing next to her mom and dad

Earl and Inez Johnson June 1930.

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Helen and "Butch" date unknown

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Helen shoeless age 8 yrs.

August 1930

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Helen at age 11 with cousin Violet

Ada, Oklahoma

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Helen with pet cat

Date unknown

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Helen at age 14

Aug. 1937 in Newport Beach

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Helen grew up in cities by the ocean yet spent considerable time on a ranch in New Mexico

One photo is of Inez Johnson, 1918.

The rest are photos of Helen in cowgirl attire

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Helen at age 14 July 1937 in Newport Beach.

The dog's name is "Mickey"

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Date and age unknown, Helen and Dad

On the ranch in New Mexico

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The Johnsons and Rosemary Montoya (relationship unknown)

in Whittier, CA July 1935 Helen is 12 years old

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Helen with "Demmy"

Sept. 1936 13 years old

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Helen after graduating from Costa Mesa Jr. High 8th grade

June 1937

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Helen graduates from Herbert Hoover High School in San Diego, Ca at age 18.

She is accepted at University of California at Davis.

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Helen with pet dog Date unknown

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Helen wearing the lastest fashion

Date unknown

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Helen age 22 June 1945. This photo was encased in a

small glass stand for an office desk

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Helen graduates from the University of California Berkeley in 1945 with a BS in Agriculture

She is 22 years old and one of the few women graduating from college in those days

A true pioneer and standard bearer

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Helen, age unknown, 1940s ?

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Helen, age unknown with soldier

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Helen, age unknown. Relaxing somewhere with presumably her Mom

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Helen at work

Age and location unknown

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Helen fishing on a day in 1950.

She was 27 yrs and her fish weighed in at 18 lbs.

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Helen with steelhead on April 29, 1951.

She is 28 years old

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Date unknown

Helen fishing with the guys

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Helen in Acapulco on Dec. 27, 1959.

She is 38 yrs. old

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Appears to be a birthday party but date and details unknown. The cake appears to read Happy Birthday HIJ--Helen Inez Johnson

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Helen's birthday party complete with pet tortoise and dog...

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Helen at age 39

A celebration, perhaps ?

Someone writes on the back of the photo

"Your Baby" March 1962

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Helen's 90th birthday party with Shorty.

To hear a personal interview please go to You Tube "heleninterview"

To see an article on Miss Helen's 90th Birthday party go to the Cedar Street Times

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Most of us did not know Miss Helen when she was a younger person. Below are photo albums taken over the years from the times we knew her





Contemporary Photos 2013=2014

More Contemporary Photos 2011=2012

Thanksgiving 2007

Thanksgiving 2006

PETE'S 65th and HELEN'S 84th

Monarch Magic 2007








Hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane. I only regret that she did not share more of her life story with us.

Regardless it was quite an experience going through the boxes of old photos and finding the ones that pertained to Miss Helen.

I came away with a new found respect and admiration for her

I know she did not proclaim her self a feminist, but she did the job of a feminist by breaking new ground.

I think she just did what she wanted to do period and would not let sexism get in her way

I have learned so much from her and I was so glad I was able to meet her and form a bond of friendship.

I cannot say it was all peaches and cream because she had a way of getting under my skin

But now I know what that was all about

She had to learn to be tough and took a no nonsense approach and that is what sustained her

She probably had to put up with a lot of bull, and found ways to deal with it

We will miss you Miss Helen, and I was so glad I got to know ya.

HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU




Sandi Douglas and Pete Espinosa Michel, Owner/Operators

Douglas-Michel Butterfly Plants

P.O. Box 581

Aromas, California 95004-0581

Telephone:(831)726-3626 Cell Phone: (831)840-8299

Email pete or sandi at the butterflyplants.com website



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