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Rohner Room entranceTHE ROHNER ROOM

The generous support of Franklin B. Rohner has made possible the establishment of this room in the Fortuna Museum. The room is dedicated to acknowledging the many achievements of the Rohner family in what pioneer Henry Rohner called in his 1854 diary "the most beautiful valley we have ever seen."

Rohner Park, where this museum now stands, is a concrete example of the generosity and community feeling expressed by the Rohner family. The founder of Rohnerville and Fortuna, Henry Rohner, died in 1900. Nine years later, his widow, Mary Rohner, sold to the City of Fortuna the initial 20 acres of what was to become Rohner Park. She then spearheaded the public drive to fund many park improvements. Over the years, the Rohner family donated or sold for nominal sums many more acres of land, the largest portions coming from Elizabeth Rohner Barcus, a woman dedicated to the welfare of the community of Fortuna where she spent her entire life. Her nephew, Franklin B. Rohner, continues the family tradition by making possible many improvements in the museum including the dedication of this room to the pioneer Rohner family.



 

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