The Historical Society of Colfax really made  Founder's Day a very memorable event honoring:

Enos Thomas and Rachel Emily Mendenhall 

About 65 descendants attended, including quite a few folks from the Palomar Mountain area, where the family also owned 12,000 acres, back in the days.

Much of the research was done by a charming, 95 years young, Gertrude Paul, from the Colfax Historical Society.  She spent many long hours pouring over deeds to document the 900 acres owned in the Colfax area by this family that was also such a big part of the early days of Palomar. A 4th generation descendant, Janet Bowley Landauer, also played a big part in gathering information and planning the event.

Janet, Gertrude, and J. David Mendenhall (from Palomar) in front of the home believed to be where the family lived some time after the fire.

The day was quite an event from start to finish with the Scouts carrying the flags, musicians singing and performing, a guided walking tour of the town and a car tour with stops at the Mendenhall homesteads and places of interest.  There were a couple dozen vendor booths in the railroad yard.  The fire department was there with games for the children, and you could even try your hand panning for gold.  People of the town dressed in red, white, and blue sang patriotic songs. 

One of the highlights was a plaque dedication at the site of the former Pioneer House Hotel owned by Enos and Rachel Mendenhall.  The hotel was destroyed in the Colfax city fire in 1874. There was a very nice program followed by a reception at the train station.

Ruth Hurtt and Arlie Bergman presented flowers to the owners of the home on the property where the Pioneer Hotel once welcomed visitors including Mark Twain.  Arlie's wife, Coral also sent us a portion of her journal of the day.  Simply click to read Coral's Journal. 

The photographer needed to leave early so he caught a few descendants above, and then their spouses joined in below.  The locals that attended from the area were Carl (Wog) Bergman and his sons, Dutch and TK with Sharon.  Brothers Frank and Jim Mendenhall were there with their  wives, Janice and Bonnie Jean.
J David Mendenhall, and his sister Lina, still own land in Mendenhall Valley.  Dave was there with Judy and their dog, Stormy.  Arlie and Coral Bergman, and Don and Esther Trunnell came from Augunga.  Ray and Louise Bergman barely arrived in their RV from Montana (but that's another story).   

The 'Gold Country Music Express' was enjoyed by all--most of us came home with one of their CD's.  Listen on line to: The Begin Family Fiddlers

The Valley Center Road Runner will publish a photo of you on your travels when you take a paper with you and have it in the photo.  So, that is what we did and here is what we submitted:

Colfax, California was invaded last weekend by nearly 65 descendants of Enos T. and Rachel Mendenhall. It was 'Founder's Day', and their relatives were invited to the unveiling of a plaque commerating the Pioneer Hotel that their ancestors built in 1865. Don and Bonnie Phelps were 'sneak-ins' taking the paper for a photo and enjoyed festivities with these and other descendants from the Palomar Mountain area: Frank and Janice Mendenhall, Dutch Bergman, his father Carl (Wog), and brother TK.