- Party of Three - Book Signing

Party of Three The Bennetts and Palm Springs by Betsy Lumbye

A love story with three main characters: Frank, Melba and Palm Springs.

On the cusp of the Roaring Twenties, a high-spirited California heiress ran off from Stanford University with a World War I hero from Joplin, Missouri. Their elopement made headlines, but the bigger story came later, after they abandoned Beverly Hills for a run-down guest ranch near the dusty young village of Palm Springs.

Deepwell Guest Ranch

Party of Three tells how Melba and Frank Bennett transformed Deep Well Guest Ranch into a family-style retreat for America’s wealthiest families and Hollywood’s most beloved stars. From the 1930s to the 1960s, the Bennetts became ringleaders of Palm Springs’ marquee civic and social events.

 Join Us at The McCallum Adobe

Opportunity to meet the author Betsy Lumbye. Enjoy some tasty treats and talk with Betsy about the book. Also there will be a special surprise for those attending.

Betsy Lumbye is a California-based writer and editor who worked three decades at newspapers around the United States, retiring as executive editor of The Fresno Bee. She is the author of Party of Three: The Bennetts and Palm Springs; Beyond Luck: The Improbable Rise of the Berry Fortune Across a Western Century, and The Joy of Building: My Life in Business, Community Affairs and Philanthropy (with William M. Lyles III).


Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: The McCallum Adobe
221 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Hosted by: The Palm Springs Historical Society