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
Helen September 2, 1925.
One month into the "terrible twos"
Helen at age of 2 with Grandma and "Bow"
Helen age unknown
Helen at age 5 yrs. New Mexico 1928
Helen at age 5 yrs on a saw horse complete with saddle.
New Mexico 1928
Helen at age 7 standing next to her mom and dad
Earl and Inez Johnson June 1930.
Helen and "Butch" date unknown
Helen shoeless age 8 yrs.
Helen at age 11 with cousin Violet
Helen with pet cat
Helen at age 14
Aug. 1937 in Newport Beach
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
Helen at age 14 July 1937 in Newport Beach.
The dog's name is "Mickey"
Date and age unknown, Helen and Dad
On the ranch in New Mexico
The Johnsons and Rosemary Montoya (relationship unknown)
in Whittier, CA July 1935 Helen is 12 years old
Helen with "Demmy"
Sept. 1936 13 years old
Helen after graduating from Costa Mesa Jr. High 8th grade
Helen graduates from Herbert Hoover High School in San Diego, Ca at age 18.
She is accepted at University of California at Davis.
Helen with pet dog Date unknown
Helen wearing the lastest fashion
Helen age 22 June 1945. This photo was encased in a
small glass stand for an office desk
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
Helen, age unknown, 1940s ?
Helen, age unknown with soldier
Helen, age unknown. Relaxing somewhere with presumably her Mom
Helen at work
Age and location unknown
She was 27 yrs and her fish weighed in at 18 lbs.
She is 28 years old
Helen fishing with the guys
She is 38 yrs. old
A celebration, perhaps ?
Someone writes on the back of the photo
"Your Baby" March 1962
To hear a personal interview please go to You Tube "heleninterview"
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