Canyon Lake pioneers Elinor Evans Martin and her husband Don Martin appeared before a live audience at the Antelope-Menifee Rural Center on Haun Road to tell of their families’ history Sept. 16.
Don Martin is related to James B. Ferrell, another pioneer family, who originally came from Ohio to settle in the Menifee Valley which once encompassed the unincorporated community of Canyon Lake. The Evans family came to the Menifee Valley in 1891.
Elinor Evans Martin is now the president of the Menifee Valley Historical Association that supports the Menifee History Museum on Garbani Road in front of Menifee Valley Middle School. She wrote a pictorial history of Canyon Lake called “Images of America: Canyon Lake.”
In her writings she tells of her great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson