It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of one of Rodgers Ranch founding members, Ellen M. Stevahn, this past weekend. Ellen was 94 and spent the last 30 years of her life devoted to the restoration of the Rodgers Ranch Historical Site. She and a few other members of the Pleasant Hill Historical Society saw the need to save this important part of local history, and they organized the Friends of Rodgers Ranch (F.O.R.R.) Committee in 1989 for this purpose.
After working diligently to have the site listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Ellen became the first president of F.O.R.R., establishing it as it’s own nonprofit organization on June 18,1991. She was a fixture on the board and always ready to help out at all events -- as a Round Up docent, decorator for our 4th of July float, porch sweeper at the farmhouse, and most of all, as the Ranch’s biggest ambassador. Three years ago, she enthusiastically embraced amending our name to the Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center and undertaking a new direction.
Unfortunately, Ellen's health took a turn for the worse over the last two years, forcing her to leave the board and become a notable honorary director. She was an inspiration, a friend, and a mentor, and she will be dearly missed. If you have any special memories of Ellen, please post them here.
Her Celebration of Life service will be July 8 at 7:00pm (reception following), St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 3051 Putnam Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. Private burial. Memorials preferred to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church; Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center, P.O. Box 23381, Pleasant Hill, CA, 94523; or youth/education program of choice. (hullschapel.com)
The RRHC Board
The Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center's Board of Directors is excited to use our blog, Ranch Posts, to keep members and the public informed of the latest activities at the ranch. We invite you to comment, ask questions, or muse on the heritage center, both its historical past and its thriving present.