Fort Crook Museum

Fort Crook Historical Society

Drawing Courtesy Frank Germano


Fort Crook Historical Society

Board of Directors



Robert Ingram



Larry Burns

Vice President

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.


Sarah Oldson


Sarah was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, growing up she was greatly involved in Girl Scouts, cross country, track and field and always loved camping, hiking and anything outdoors. So it came as no surprise to her friends and family when she went to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to major in forestry and natural resources. At Cal Poly, Sarah became involved with many forestry departments activities but her favorite was the logging team. The logging team competes in traditional lumber jack activities against other schools in the western states. It was here she met her future husband, Jeff Oldson, now the W.M. Beaty and Associates reforestation forester, from the UC Berkeley team. She came to work for W.M. Beaty and Associates in May of 2011 as a seasonal timber marker and became a staff forester in 2012. Jeff and Sarah have come to love the intermountain area where they bought a house and spend their weekends gardening, doing home improvement projects and finding new swimming holes with their dog, Dozer.


Gail Bassett


Gail is a California native who grew up in Orinda just outside of her birthplace in Oakland. She graduated from Acalanes High School in Lafayette, CA. After moving to the Redding area she continued her education at Shasta College, earning degrees in Finance and Small Business Administration. Marriage brought her to the Fall River Valley in 1984. She is married to Harold Bassett, a member of the Bassett and St. John pioneer families of this area. Gail is currently employed with the Fall River Mills Fire Protection District as Clerk of the Board. She was also an employee of the Fall River Jt. Unified School District, working in the Fall River High School office for ten years and as the high school librarian for ten years before retiring. She enjoys researching her family history and has been a volunteer at the Fall River Family History Center for many years. She also enjoys all types of paper crafting such as scrapbooking and stamping.

Jeannette Ciriello

Board Member

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 library.  Jeannette co-chairs the museum’s annual quilt show fundraiser.  Her numerous activities enable her to promote the museum's events and accomplishments.
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 economy.  

John Fenn

Board Member

This Ohio native married into the Totten family who were early settlers in the Fall River Valley.  Through them, John developed his interest in local history.  A retired international business professional, John’s knowledge of organizational development and marketing enables the museum to build major physical exhibits and develop a strong infrastructure. 
A resident of numerous countries, including some third-world locations, John learned historical preservation is a world-wide interest.  An award winning gardener, he shares this and his cooking passion to educate youth and raise funds for local organizations, including the museum.


Harry Kraft

Board Member

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 Mason

Board Member

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.

In 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 the museum.





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