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Forestville - The Good Life - February 2013


Forestville - The Good Life
February 2013

by Richard Naegle

Did You Know…?

“Twelve years before the Bear Flag revolt in 1846, Gen. Mariano Vallejo divided up land north of San Francisco into land grants sanctioned by the Mexican government.  The start of the town of Forestville derived from the land grant Gen. Mariano Vallejo traded with his brother-in-law, Juan Bautista Rogers Cooper (better known as Capt. John Cooper)…Cooper had started the first powered, commercial sawmill in California at this site.  The land grant was called El Molino from the Spanish word for ‘the mill…’”


Swindle Ridge!

“…Andrew Jackson Forrister saw an opportunity to start the first hotel and saloon in this area.  He had traveled from Missouri in 1846…Some of the first stories are of travelers being swindled going through town.  The name of the town caught on as ‘Swindle Rig’ or ‘Swindle Ridge’…Later the town was named after the saloon keeper A. J. Forrister.  There has been much debate as to the spelling of Forestville; some people believe it should have two Rs like some of the early land documents; this issue will not be resolved any time soon.”  (from Forestville by Penny Hutton and the Forestville Historical Society).


Town Square

An agreement is close between the Forestville Planning Association and Summit State Bank towards the Town’s acquiring 8 acres downtown, formerly known as the Thiessen Development.  While we are being given a great deal of support by the Sonoma County Open Space District, we locals will also have the opportunity of fully participating in the process—both contributing towards the purchase of the land and also being intimately involved in planning how to best use the area.  We hope to soon have a Town Meeting to explore this incredible opportunity.


Forestville Education Foundation

Save the date! The Forestville Education Foundation (FEF) is busy planning several events, including the Foundation’s major fundraiser-- the 2013 Gala. The Gala will be held on the evening of April 13th at Shone Farm.   Help raise money for music, art, sports, after school programs, assemblies and more at Forestville Elementary School and Academy by getting involved.  To volunteer or donate items or services for the live or silent auction, please contact Jean Bullard (707-887-8484)…The FEF would also like to thank Corks Restaurant for donating 20% of proceeds from Tuesdays in January (‘Benefit Tuesday’). We greatly appreciate the support from Corks and from the community--- and we love the food! 



Ramona Crinella reports that a pack of coyotes has been hanging around Forestville near the Trail downtown.  Sadly, she’s already lost some of her sheep and little lambs on the vineyard property adjacent to the Trail.  To protect the animals, she got a big Turkish sheep dog, Tara; but the dog disappeared after only two days.  However, good news--Tara was soon found further down the valley--at a goat farm—protecting the baby goats… The coyotes do move around.  So be aware that your domestic animals are at risk; please be careful.



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Latest news from the Chamber of Commerce:  for 2012, the Citizen of the Year is Kevin McDermott; Volunteer of the Year is Cristy Simmons; and Business Person of the Year is Khysie Horn.  Congratulations!  Creative and dedicated volunteers like you help make Forestville such a great and caring place.  The Awards Dinner honoring them will be on March 23—catered by the Worth Our Weight Culinary Apprentice Program… Raynetta James reports long-time Forestvillian, Donna Francis has died.  Many people met her at the Forestville Curves. She  will be missed. 


Bits & Pieces     

Russian River Vineyards is one of the sponsors of Sweet 116, Saturday, February 16, 11am-4pm.  Celebrate Valentine’s weekend along Route 116.  Visit seven wineries for wine tasting, decadent treats, and cheeses.  Plus a keepsake logo wine glass painted by local artists.   Tickets available at the winery website,, or call 823-3040 for more information…Hollydale Community Clubhouse is celebrating its 66th year and always welcomes new members.  Sunday, February 24, @ 9am is a Community Breakfast, with kids under 8 free.  Saturday, March 16, @ 6pm is the Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Feed.   Plus Table Tennis every 1st and 3rd Thursday @ 7pm.