This collection contains register of students for Felta School in Dry Creek Valley, near Healdsburg, California.
Felta School was built near the confluence of Felta Creek and Mill Creek and named for Felta Miller, an early settler, who
homesteaded his ranch about a mile up Felta Creek, and the green barn at the end of the county road that passed the school
site was generally accepted as the original mill that Mill Creek was named for. It is believed to date from the Mexican era.
Harmon Heald, a hand who worked in the mill, opened a store at a nearby crossroads, and began the town of Healdsburg. J.G.
Mothorn, who founded Mill Stone Valley Ranch, on which the barn still stands, had portions of his property landscaped by his
friend, Luther Burbank. Some of Burbank’s plantings, which included guavas, loquats, grafted plums, and a lily tree, survive
unto the present day. Mothorn’s son used stones from a cobblestone quarry on the Mothorn ranch to build the foundation of
Felta School. The school, while under construction, survived the 1906 earthquake.
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