While not all history can be saved they are proud to be the ones documenting and preserving the vast richness this valley has.
Jenny Mayoral (Treasure):
Historic Fact: Jenny was a driving force in the clean up efforts of Ray’s Cafe and the Lakeman House. Between her, her husband, and children they put in many, many hours which helped the society recover thousands of documents, photographs, and artifacts relating to Murrieta’s History.
Jeffery was born and raised in Torrance, CA. His parents moved to Temecula in 1987. Jeffery and his wife, Michelle, settled in Murrieta in 1995. He taught in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District for ten years, teaching Social Studies and Language Arts. Currently he is a Certified Substitute Teacher for the Murrieta Valley Unified School District awaiting his next classroom assignment. He is one of the founders of the Historic Route 395 Association. For the past seventeen years he has been a Southwest Riverside County historian, researcher, and author.
Historic Fact: He has penned every Murrieta Valley Historical Society’s Newsletter since the society’s founding. He also has been seen on the Facebook Page Murrieta Lifestyles acting as Murrieta’s historian with host Tony Trafton.
Life-long Murrieta resident Annette has been coordinating parades and events for more than 30 years, has worked for the City of Murrieta coordinating city events, and has been a parade coordinator for a top parade management company for over 15 years. Her work includes the Murrieta Fire Department’s (later City of Murrieta) Food and Toy Drive where she would coordinate holiday donations for over 200 families a year and the inaugural City of Murrieta’s Veteran’s Parade in 2003 (until 2008).
Historic Fact: Annette was the president of Murrieta’s 4-H club, the Livewires. She loved to ride horses in the moonlight and down in the riverbed. This cowgirl married the motorcycle riding boy next door, like a true country love story.
As a life-long Murrieta resident Pat is most notably recognized as retired Deputy Fire Chief for the Murrieta Fire Department. Serving his community for more than 28 years Pat has vast knowledge of the department’s history as well as other notable Murrieta timelines. During his time with the Murrieta Fire Department Pat saw the department grow into five fire stations as well as a successful EMS-ran department thanks to Pat himself. Pat also has knowledge in Native American history and local sites. One of his many passions is documenting rock art throughout the valley. You can see Pat fixing up the Hunt House in preparation for the first official Murrieta Museum and conducting oral history interviews.
Historic Fact: Pat used to belong to a Murrieta motorcycle group called Knights MC. A group of around seven guys. He fell in love with the girl next door and the rest was…. well, history.
Historic Fact: Ashley calls her childhood the “orange cone era” since every school she attended (and city in general) was under construction to make way for Murrieta’s growing population. What she misses the most was the yellow barn where Mulligan’s now stands.
It is our mission to identify, preserve and promote the historic legacy of the Murrieta Valley and to educate the public about its historical significance.History:
MVHS Current Accomplishments:
- 2016: Society formed and then unearthed a 25 year old cityhood time capsule.
- 2016: Began collecting oral history interviews including the first Murrieta Mayor.
- 2017: Cleaned the historic Ray’s Cafe & Lakeman House property. We recovered thousands of photographs, documents, and artifacts related to Murrieta’s history.
- 2017: Began historic presentations in partnership with the Murrieta Public Library.
- 2018: Established the first official Murrieta Museum, a Center of Culture and History.