Living History Programs
'Working to preserve the rich heritage of the Temecula Valley'
Notable Women in Temecula's History
Available for speaking engagements.

Choose from a twenty minute to one hour program.
(From one to three speakers.)

Sponsored by the Temecula Valley Historical Society.

For information contact: Lynn Cudé at (951) 695-0517
Pictured above: The Notable Women of Temecula.
From left to right they are:
JEAN BETHELL: 1902 – 2002 (portrayed by Julie Gilbart)
      Secretary to Erle Stanley Gardner, author of the Perry Mason mystery novels.

HELEN HUNT JACKSON: 1830 – 1885 (portrayed by Pam Grender)
      Wife, mother, poet, author, activist, and reformer of Indian policy.
      Author of the book, Ramona.

FREDA KNOTT: 1895 – 1984 (portrayed by Elaine Eshom)
       Wife, and mother, School board trustee and Librarian.

MARY JANE WELTY: 1840 – 1937 (portrayed by Bonnie Martland)
      Homestead wife, mother, and pioneer traveler who owned and operated the Welty Hotel
      in Temecula.

ELENA COUTS DEAR: 1862 – 1952 (also portrayed by Bonnie Martland)
      Wife, and mother, who lived at both the Rancho Guajome Adobe and later at
      Rancho Santa Rosa on the Santa Rosa Plateau.

To be announced: portrayed by Susan Sorg)

YSABEL “BESSIE” BARNETT: 1879 – 1969 (presented by Loretta Barnett)
      Wife, and mother, who was the first Caucasian child born and raised in the Temecula Valley.

MARIA APIS: 1830 – 1863 (presented by Mindy Johnson)
      Wife, mother, and Luiseno Indian who inherited the Little Temecula Rancho.

RAMONA WOLF: 1846 – 1894 (portrayed by Lynn Cudé)
      Wife and mother, who with her husband, Louis Wolf, managed the Wolf Store adobe
      (still standing today) in Temecula.

EDNA SWANGUEN: 1896 – 1973 (also portrayed by Lynn Cudé)
      Wife and mother, who was Temecula's telephone operator from 1918 to 1961, and with her
      husband Carl, operated Mrs. Hall's Cafe from 1939 to 1954.
      (still standing today) in Temecula.