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Margaret Ray to be honored by Fallbrook Historical Society

FALLBROOK – The community of Fallbrook is invited to attend a farewell reception in honor of Margaret Hindorff Ray to be held at the Historical Society’s museum from 2 to 5 p.m. on May 18. Ray will be moving to Idaho in June where her son, Otto, and his family reside.

Ray’s grandfather homesteaded in the Vallecitos/Rainbow area in 1883 and her father, Eric Hindorff, was a farmer, beekeeper, and fine violinist who managed Reche Grove, which became Live Oak Park.

She attended school at the one-room Fallbrook/Reche School becoming valedictorian of the last class in 1939, when the school closed. Her parents helped start The Reche Community Service Club in 1933 to maintain the school and grounds and, as an adult, Ray became a mainstay in the school’s preservation.

She met Marine Otto Ray II at a Fallbrook USO dance and they married in 1944 in Judge Smelser’s historic eucalyptus log cabin home. Otto’s trips for fish and wildlife agencies became the basis for many published articles about California, and about adopting an orphaned bobcat named Gato that was the family pet for sons Eric and Otto.

Margaret, through talent and training, is a photographer who also has brought to life old photos from glass plates and negatives for publication. She was the primary source for the Farnbach book, “Images of America,” and has published photos and chapters for the Fallbrook Historical Society’s Sixth Volume, “Fallbrook in Review,” as well as several San Diego newspapers.

Margaret has volunteered many hours for the Fallbrook Historical Society since joining the board of directors in 1998. She was named Pioneer of the Year in 2002 and has been a reliable source of history for the local community. The Museum is located at 260 Rocky Crest Road.


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