Menifee Valley Historical Association

Menifee Valley Historical Association We promote the historic legacy of the Menifee Valley.

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Operating as usual

Percy made a visit to the History Museum today with his human family Kristina and  George Mills.   🐾  We ❤️ 🐕
10/17/2021

Percy made a visit to the History Museum today with his human family Kristina and George Mills. 🐾 We ❤️ 🐕

Percy made a visit to the History Museum today with his human family Kristina and George Mills. 🐾 We ❤️ 🐕

09/18/2021

Canyon Lake History Program

Our next History Program will be about the Creation of Canyon Lake.  Join us for Part 1 and learn about the arrival of t...
09/06/2021

Our next History Program will be about the Creation of Canyon Lake.

Join us for Part 1 and learn about the arrival of the Evans and Ferrell families who homesteaded the area of Canyon Lake. Learn about their ranches, life on the farm and the railroad. Elinor (Evans) Martin and her son Steve will narrate the program and share their family's 100-year history.

Location: Antelope-Menifee Rural Center (Haun Road just north of Garbani Road)
Time: 9:30am
Date: Saturday September 18

We will also share with the group all the exciting things the Menifee Valley Historical Association is doing for our community.

Thank you for your interest in history!

Elinor Martin, Betty Bouris, Bill and Julie Zimmerman, Ina May Zeiders, Mike and Shirley Vaughn, Lesley Stevens and Katie Keys
Board Members, Menifee Valley Historical Association and Museum

Our next History Program will be about the Creation of Canyon Lake.

Join us for Part 1 and learn about the arrival of the Evans and Ferrell families who homesteaded the area of Canyon Lake. Learn about their ranches, life on the farm and the railroad. Elinor (Evans) Martin and her son Steve will narrate the program and share their family's 100-year history.

Location: Antelope-Menifee Rural Center (Haun Road just north of Garbani Road)
Time: 9:30am
Date: Saturday September 18

We will also share with the group all the exciting things the Menifee Valley Historical Association is doing for our community.

Thank you for your interest in history!

Elinor Martin, Betty Bouris, Bill and Julie Zimmerman, Ina May Zeiders, Mike and Shirley Vaughn, Lesley Stevens and Katie Keys
Board Members, Menifee Valley Historical Association and Museum

William Newport was born in Chester, England in 1856.  Twenty years later he came to the United States with the desire t...
08/23/2021
Newport Ranch

William Newport was born in Chester, England in 1856. Twenty years later he came to the United States with the desire to purchase land in California. Learn about his 6,000 acre ranch and large-scale farming business by clicking on the video below.

The Newport Ranch Historical Monument is located near the entrance to Lazy Creek Park at the end of Evans Road.
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Menifee’s main east-west thoroughfare is named in William Newport’s honor. Learn about his 6,000 acre ranch and how he came to the area via wagon train and ...

ALONG MENIFEE'S COUNTRY ROADS #2On March 31, 1890 William Snoddy gave one-and-a-half acres of land for a school that was...
08/23/2021

ALONG MENIFEE'S COUNTRY ROADS #2

On March 31, 1890 William Snoddy gave one-and-a-half acres of land for a school that was located on the southwest corner of Newport and Bradley Road. The school had two classrooms, a library and two outhouses. On the roof was a belfry that rang each morning at the start of school.

In 1916 lightning struck the belfry while school was in session and the bell fell through the roof. Thankfully, no one was injured. In 1971 the 1890 schoolhouse was lost to a fire after standing for 81 years.

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NEW SERIES - ALONG MENIFEE'S COUNTRY ROADSHistorical information presented by Elinor Martin September 2012Docents at the...
08/16/2021

NEW SERIES - ALONG MENIFEE'S COUNTRY ROADS
Historical information presented by Elinor Martin September 2012

Docents at the Museum are often asked how the roads got their names. In most instances the names came from families living along or at the end of those roads. You were either neighbors, you were related or had some family connection. Your children were friends or you were involved in one or many community organizations.

In May 1954 Norma Kittilson Brown writes in her story the following: “The first roads or trails went in all directions, but were finally placed on section lines. My father Andrew Kittilson and one of the Everett men were among those who completed surveys for new roads".

Norma, although still a child, remembers seeing several horses and wagons traveling along what is now I-215 (before that it was Highway 395). "When I was young, the road was called the Old San Diego Road and it ran from Pinacate, south of the present day town of Perris towards our home and then it went to the Alamos area and on to Temecula and San Diego. Many travelers stopped to water their horses at the our home when they traveled from San Diego. The next watering place, towards the north was the Copeland’s windmill in the Val Verde area”.

In the early 1950's, this car was driving north on Hwy 395 (now I-215). On the right is the Kittilson-Brown Ranch at the corner of Garbani and Antelope Road. A group of trees to the north is the Christensen homestead (just before Antelope and Craig Road).

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NEW SERIES - ALONG MENIFEE'S COUNTRY ROADS
Historical information presented by Elinor Martin September 2012

Docents at the Museum are often asked how the roads got their names. In most instances the names came from families living along or at the end of those roads. You were either neighbors, you were related or had some family connection. Your children were friends or you were involved in one or many community organizations.

In May 1954 Norma Kittilson Brown writes in her story the following: “The first roads or trails went in all directions, but were finally placed on section lines. My father Andrew Kittilson and one of the Everett men were among those who completed surveys for new roads".

Norma, although still a child, remembers seeing several horses and wagons traveling along what is now I-215 (before that it was Highway 395). "When I was young, the road was called the Old San Diego Road and it ran from Pinacate, south of the present day town of Perris towards our home and then it went to the Alamos area and on to Temecula and San Diego. Many travelers stopped to water their horses at the our home when they traveled from San Diego. The next watering place, towards the north was the Copeland’s windmill in the Val Verde area”.

In the early 1950's, this car was driving north on Hwy 395 (now I-215). On the right is the Kittilson-Brown Ranch at the corner of Garbani and Antelope Road. A group of trees to the north is the Christensen homestead (just before Antelope and Craig Road).

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The next Historical Monument video will be the story of William Newport and the "epic ranch" he built in Menifee that wa...
08/09/2021

The next Historical Monument video will be the story of William Newport and the "epic ranch" he built in Menifee that was located near today’s Lazy Creek Park. Stay tuned!

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The next Historical Monument video will be the story of William Newport and the "epic ranch" he built in Menifee that was located near today’s Lazy Creek Park. Stay tuned!

#MenifeeHistory

08/02/2021

Join us for a 2 part History Program about Canyon Lake. The first part is on Saturday, September 18th at 9:30am.

Our History Programs are held at the Antelope-Menifee Rural Center located on Haun Road just north of Garbani.
Hope to see you there!

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The Menifee Valley Historical Association is happy to announce the reopening of our History Museum this Sunday, August 1...
07/31/2021

The Menifee Valley Historical Association is happy to announce the reopening of our History Museum this Sunday, August 1st. We will be open from 1-4pm.
Come learn about the history of our valley and check out the new items we have displayed in the Quail Valley and Romoland sections.
We hope to see you !

The Menifee Valley Historical Association is happy to announce the reopening of our History Museum this Sunday, August 1st. We will be open from 1-4pm.
Come learn about the history of our valley and check out the new items we have displayed in the Quail Valley and Romoland sections.
We hope to see you !

The Kirkpatricks were one of the first families to Homestead in Menifee, California.  Learn how they traveled from Tenne...
07/29/2021
Kirkpatrick Family Video

The Kirkpatricks were one of the first families to Homestead in Menifee, California. Learn how they traveled from Tennessee to California in the late 1800's.

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The Kirkpatricks were one of the first families to Homestead in Menifee, California. Learn how they traveled from Tennessee to California in the late 1800's...

Sit back and enjoy the story of Walter Zeiders and the family's deep roots in Menifee.  The Zeiders historical monument ...
06/02/2021
Zeiders Family

Sit back and enjoy the story of Walter Zeiders and the family's deep roots in Menifee. The Zeiders historical monument is located on Zeiders Road south of Scott Road.

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Learn about Walter Zeiders who rode a motorcycle from Pennsylvania to California in 1909 at the age of 22. He arrived in San Bernardino with $17 in his pock...

Here is our latest historical monument video of the James B Ferrell and Evans family.  James homesteaded property that i...
04/30/2021
James B. Ferrell and Evans Family

Here is our latest historical monument video of the James B Ferrell and Evans family. James homesteaded property that is now part of Audie Murphy Ranch. The historical monument is located at the Audie Murphy Sports Park located off Rattle Dance Way.

Click on the image to watch the video on our YouTube Channel. Enjoy!!
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Learn about James B. Ferrell and his family who arrived in Menifee, California in 1877 and homesteaded land that is now part of Audie Murphy Ranch Planned Co...

The Homestead Act of 1862 has been called one of the most important pieces of Legislation in the history of the United S...
03/29/2021

The Homestead Act of 1862 has been called one of the most important pieces of Legislation in the history of the United States. Signed into law in 1862 by Abraham Lincoln after the secession of southern states, this Act turned over vast amounts of the public land to private citizens. 270 millions acres, or 10% of the area of the United States was claimed and settled under this Act.

A homesteader needed to be the head of a household and at least 21 years of age to claim a 160 acre parcel of land. Settlers from all walks of life including newly arrived immigrants, farmers without land of their own, single women and formerly enslaved people worked to meet the challenge of "proving up" the land.

Each homesteader had to live on the land, build a home, make improvements and farm for 5 years before they were eligible to "prove up". A filing fee was the only money required. The Homestead Certificate shown is for Andrew Kittilson who filed 1883 in Los Angeles for a fee of $16.

How was the property surveyed?
A survey party consisted of a surveyor using a transit, a rodman using a rod, and two chain men using chains. Each chain is made up of 100 links, measuring 66 feet.
A 160 acre parcel measures 2,640 feet on each side.

The photo of this survey party is dated 1890 - location unknown. The surveyor is on the far right and the chain men and rodman are in the center

Some of Menifee's best known early Homesteaders include the Kittilson, Harrison, Kirkpatrick, Christensen, and Ferrell families.
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Samuel Hercules Bouris was born December 25, 1895 in a mountain village in Greece.  Sam was one of six boys and two girl...
03/19/2021

Samuel Hercules Bouris was born December 25, 1895 in a mountain village in Greece. Sam was one of six boys and two girls. At the age of 16, in 1911 he immigrated to America joining brothers George and Ted in search of a better life.

In 1923, the three brothers purchased 640 acres in Menifee along Highway 395 (now I-215). They also acquired a store in Lake Elsinore. While Ted managed the store, George and Sam grew a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, olives, figs, grapes, nuts and citrus. Sam made weekly trips to the Los Angeles market to sell their produce and returned with other produce to sell at local markets in Perris, Lake Elsinore and Murrieta. On Sept 10, 1930, Sam became a citizen of the United States.

In 1954, Sam made a trip to Greece and there he met Maria Panopolous. She captured his heart and they were married in Athens in October. He brought her back to Menifee and they continued to farm. Maria and Sam’s son Peter was born on June 16, 1957 on Father’s Day. Peter followed in his fathers footsteps and farmed in Menifee. Sam passed away in January 1964 due to Leukemia.

Samuel Hercules Bouris was born December 25, 1895 in a mountain village in Greece. Sam was one of six boys and two girls. At the age of 16, in 1911 he immigrated to America joining brothers George and Ted in search of a better life.

In 1923, the three brothers purchased 640 acres in Menifee along Highway 395 (now I-215). They also acquired a store in Lake Elsinore. While Ted managed the store, George and Sam grew a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, olives, figs, grapes, nuts and citrus. Sam made weekly trips to the Los Angeles market to sell their produce and returned with other produce to sell at local markets in Perris, Lake Elsinore and Murrieta. On Sept 10, 1930, Sam became a citizen of the United States.

In 1954, Sam made a trip to Greece and there he met Maria Panopolous. She captured his heart and they were married in Athens in October. He brought her back to Menifee and they continued to farm. Maria and Sam’s son Peter was born on June 16, 1957 on Father’s Day. Peter followed in his fathers footsteps and farmed in Menifee. Sam passed away in January 1964 due to Leukemia.

Alice Roberts is milking her goat (front left) and is joined by her mother, Callie (Walker) Roberts and brother Lerner. ...
03/05/2021

Alice Roberts is milking her goat (front left) and is joined by her mother, Callie (Walker) Roberts and brother Lerner. The goat is in a stanchion to facilitate milking.

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Alice Roberts is milking her goat (front left) and is joined by her mother, Callie (Walker) Roberts and brother Lerner. The goat is in a stanchion to facilitate milking.

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Ready for our second video?  Click on the photo for a short video about the 1890 Menifee Schoolhouse.#MenifeeHistoryhttp...
03/05/2021
1890 School Monument Video

Ready for our second video?
Click on the photo for a short video about the 1890 Menifee Schoolhouse.
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https://youtu.be/X6L9-sO6N88

1890 Menifee School Historical Monument Video, one of Menifee's Historical Monuments located in Menifee, California.

About 1948 Tom Conley built a little market on Murrieta Road called Tommy’s Market.  Many residents bought bread, milk, ...
02/26/2021

About 1948 Tom Conley built a little market on Murrieta Road called Tommy’s Market.
Many residents bought bread, milk, the local newspaper and other groceries. They were relieved as they previously drove 13 miles to Perris or headed about the same distance to Elsinore. After several owners, it was bought by Alex Valentine in 1988 and became Mountain View Ranch Supply Market and Liquor Store. The adjacent garage and gas station were operated by various owners. School children remember the bus driver stopping and letting the riders go in and buy candy or a snack.
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About 1948 Tom Conley built a little market on Murrieta Road called Tommy’s Market.
Many residents bought bread, milk, the local newspaper and other groceries. They were relieved as they previously drove 13 miles to Perris or headed about the same distance to Elsinore. After several owners, it was bought by Alex Valentine in 1988 and became Mountain View Ranch Supply Market and Liquor Store. The adjacent garage and gas station were operated by various owners. School children remember the bus driver stopping and letting the riders go in and buy candy or a snack.
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This is the wedding photo of John Henry and Marie Harrison.Marie Twinem married John Henry Harrison in 1929.They had two...
02/19/2021

This is the wedding photo of John Henry and Marie Harrison.

Marie Twinem married John Henry Harrison in 1929.
They had two children - John Richard and Barbara. John farmed in Menifee and Arvin near Bakersfield. Marie was a school teacher and was a charter member of the
Antelope-Menifee Home Department.
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This is the wedding photo of John Henry and Marie Harrison.

Marie Twinem married John Henry Harrison in 1929.
They had two children - John Richard and Barbara. John farmed in Menifee and Arvin near Bakersfield. Marie was a school teacher and was a charter member of the
Antelope-Menifee Home Department.
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Did you know that several Menifee residents also had bee apiaries and sold honey?  The Harrisons, McGraths,  Zeiders, Wa...
02/19/2021

Did you know that several Menifee residents also had bee apiaries and sold honey?
The Harrisons, McGraths, Zeiders, Walkers, Wickerds (whose son’s bee business later became the Happie Bee Company at Wickerd Farms) and Roberts to name a few. Perhaps it was the local buckwheat, sage and wildflowers that gave honey from Menifee its wonderful flavor and color.
Charles Roberts is pictured here with his bee colony.
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Did you know that several Menifee residents also had bee apiaries and sold honey?
The Harrisons, McGraths, Zeiders, Walkers, Wickerds (whose son’s bee business later became the Happie Bee Company at Wickerd Farms) and Roberts to name a few. Perhaps it was the local buckwheat, sage and wildflowers that gave honey from Menifee its wonderful flavor and color.
Charles Roberts is pictured here with his bee colony.
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Historical Monument - Christensen Family MVHA is pleased to announce the first of twelve educational videos that support...
02/14/2021
ChristensenFamily

Historical Monument - Christensen Family
MVHA is pleased to announce the first of twelve educational videos that support the Historical Markers placed at locations of historical significance in Menifee, California.

We hope you enjoy these short video clips. We are working on the others now and will be announced when completed.
Stay tuned.
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Christensen Family Historical MonumentOne of Menifee's Historical Monuments located in Menifee, California

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Museum: Garbani Road Between Murrieta And Evans
Menifee, CA
92584

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Our mission is to identify, preserve and promote the historic legacy of the Menifee Valley, to promote respect for our past and educate the public about its historical significance.

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A fitting highlight of this beauty on the Kittilson property before this morning's sunrise.
Very nice page. I got some Romoland questions. 1. What was the business at the corner of Trumble Road & Hwy 74, on the NW Side next to the northbound onramp of the I-215, that was torn down 2006 and had been there since 1968. 2. What was the old gas station where the newer AMPM and Jack-in-the Box on Hwy 74 in Romoland is now? 3. How long has Annie's Restaurant and RomoGas been there?
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Interesting history on a town I may be living in........
SWEEET story! Thanks so much for sharing!
I've often wondered how to pronounce Ethanac as in Ethanac Road. We know it's named after A.C. Ethan, but how to pronounce it? I usually say the "ac" part of it to rhyme with "sack," as in "Ethan-Nack." Well, I'm watching the new Ken Burns documentary, "Country Music," and there are several people in country music history named A.C. Particularly, the husband of Maybell Carter (from the Carter Family), A.C.Robertson. Turns out A.C. went by the nickname "Eck" (rhymes with "neck" and named that way in the Burns documentary). Coincidentally, another man in the doc with the name A.C. was also known as "Eck" and it was pronounced the same way. Is the correct pronunciation, then, of Ethanac, “Ethan-Neck?” Can anyone at the Historical Society confirm this? Thanks.
I had a great time today!...hope to see you in May at your next meeting!...
Hello my name is Ronald Scott and my Great Grandfather Marion Hills once owned the property at 28990 Mapes Rd. Here is a photo taken in the 1950s. Note the water tower in the back of my family.