Drawing Courtesy Frank Germano
FORT CROOK MUSEUM
FORT CROOK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
PO Box 397
43030 Fort Crook Museum Rd
Fall River Mills, CA 96028
Fort Crook Historical Society
Board of Directors
Larry grew up in Monte Sereno, CA
on the former property of
Los Gatos & Saratoga Wine & Fruit Co.
which operated from 1885 until it was
closed by prohibition in 1919.
His interest in history began by
constantly finding things in the dirt,
sometimes even identifiable like an
1898 Indian head penny in the rose garden.
He made a career as an engineer first in
mine and tunnel construction then in heavy
civil construction. He worked in multiple
western states but ended up back in the
Bay Area where he started. His wife, Kaye,
found the Fall River Valley for them by
taking fly fishing classes 1998 and they
ended up buying a home here in 2000 and
retiring full time in 2004.
Larry’s connection with the museum began
with his interest in blacksmithing and
the museum’s winter blacksmithing workshops.
After that his interest in history and desire
to help out took over.
Debbie was born and raised on her family's cattle ranch in
Gleburn which is located on the north side of the Fall River
Valley. She is a 4th and 5th generation descendent on both
sides of her family, with her ancestors settling in the valley
in the 1870s. Debbie loves local history and looks forward to
learning about the museum artefacts and their history in order
to be a more knowledgeable docent when volunteering. She also
enjoys researching her family tree on Ancestry.com and finding
family photos and information in the museum archives. She is
helping to stock up the gift shop and encourages everyone to
stop by and see what local products are available!
Jeannette’s love of history
led her to become involved
with the museum. This new
resident’s passions are
education and gardening.
The museum gardens are
beautiful because Jeannette
and other volunteers share
their skills. She also
volunteers in the first
grade and at the local
co-chairs the museum’s
annual quilt show
fundraiser. Her numerous
activities enable her to
promote the museum's events
Jeannette’s vision is to
finish the round barn and
secure funds to upgrade the
museum's buildings and
grounds. In doing so, she
hopes to make it a first
class tourist attraction
generating community pride
and support while
contributing to the local
Harry grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area but,
having spent summers working on his grandparents
dairy farm in Wisconsin, always preferred living in a
rural area. He and his wife Cathy discovered the
Fall River Valley after camping and skiing in the area.
They bought property here in 1998 and spent 10
years building a house and moved here to live full
time in 2008.
Harry's career was in computer programming and
he became involved with the museum when he
was asked to help maintain the museum's web site.
His interest in history, dutch oven cooking and the
pioneer way of life has led to a greater involvement
with museum activities.
Billy was born in Gypsum, Colorado
and moved to California in 1951.
He served in the United States
Navy from 1957 to 1961. After
leaving the navy he owned and
operated a trucking company
in California for 30 years.
2002 he and his wife Dorothy
moved to the Fall River Valley
and Billy became involved with
museum and local history when
Dorothy became the curator of
Dean was born in Redding, CA but lived in McArthur until
he was 7. At that time, he and his family moved around CA
for his dad to work with CalTrans. He always spent summers
in McArthur with his grandparents, Willis and Mary Albaugh,
helping out with their ranch. He has always loved this area
and the people. As he grew older, he began to love history.
Dean and his wife, Vicky have raised 3 sons and lived many
places over the past 35 years, including Phoenix, So. Cal.
and Sacramento. At this time, Dean is retired from being a
cabinet contractor and is living in his grandparents' home
in McArthur. He has extra time and is able to spend some of
it volunteering. The museum seemed to be the perfect fit.