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.
Laurel is a fourth generation descendant of early Intermountain
Pioneers, the Florin and Powers families, having grown up
on a local ranch and attended local schools. Her interest in
history was cultivated by numerous family history story tellers,
collectors or "pack-rats" of memorabilia and college courses
dealing with history and archaeology. Returning to the area
after college, life as a wife, mother and teacher took priority
over community commitments, so it wasn't until after retirement
that she became involved with the museum. You might say that
Laurel has a vested interest in the museum as there are items the
family has donated to the museum displays.
Tim is the postmaster in one
of the valley’s small
congeniality and excellent
customer service skills make
him a natural public
relations representative for
the museum. In executing
his professional duties, Tim
investigates and solves
problems; providing valuable
skills to the board as it
develops plans, identifies
solutions and executes its
Mt. Eddy, a local mountain,
is named for Tim’s wife’s
enforces the couple’s
dedication to keeping
history alive for visitors
and local residents. Tim
enjoys helping people learn
about their forefathers'
work and sacrifices that
contributed to the area’s
current level of prosperity.
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
Steve started coming up to the Intermountain area in the mid-1970’s
for the fishing and hunting. He always liked small towns, and so
after working for 30 years in the “pile driver” construction business,
he and his wife decided to move up to Fall River Mills.
He has always enjoyed history and historical items and so when he saw
the museum he was instantly interested. When he visited the museum he
noticed a picture of Tom Beagle up on the wall. It was the very same
Tom Beagle that he had, had as a school teacher down in Antioch, CA.
That finalized his decision to volunteer at the museum.
I would like to thank the Fort Crook Historical Society for giving
me this wonderful opportunity!! Having first come to the museum as
a child in the late sixty’s, it was always fun to hear about the new
exhibits my Nana would talk about. Then we would come and see them
while visiting over summer vacation. I have had the unique opportunity
to see the Museum grow and expand over the years. I am very proud to
be a part of Museum’s history as the New Curator, in part, since my
Grand Parents were Fort Crook Historical Society members as far back