The writers who contribute to Jefferson Backroads are amazing individuals who have lived, worked and played in The State of Jefferson region for many many years. Please click on the drop down menu above to read a sampling of each of their published stories. Below is a little biography of each of our writers.
Claudia East has enjoyed writing stories about history for many years. Born and raised in Yreka, she is an active member of the Siskiyou County Historical Society. She enjoyed being a part of The History Channel’s production “How the States got their Shapes” in 2011 which was an episode all about The State of Jefferson. Click the History Channel image at the right to watch OUR EPISODE featuring some of us locals!
Ralph Fain is an avid outdoorsman who loves hunting, fishing, rafting, camping and snow-skiing. He also does some amazing wood working projects. Ralph has lived in all four corners of The State of Jefferson for over four decades. He spins some very interesting stories about his many beloved activities and adventures.
Michelle Fain has lived in The State of Jefferson since 1984. She and Ralph run this happy little publication and bring you as much of the fun and adventure as they can find. Some of her old world skills are quilting, crocheting, gardening and cooking, and she also enjoys camping, ski-boarding and kayaking.
Gail L. Jenner is the wife of fourth generation cattle rancher, Doug Jenner, from Scott Valley, where history is part of everyday life. A history and English teacher, Gail has sold two novels, including the WILLA Award-winning ACROSS THE SWEET GRASS HILLS and BLACK BART: THE POET BANDIT, a novel about California’s most successful stage bandit, plus five regional nonfiction histories, four of which focus on The State of Jefferson. Her work has appeared in various publications, and she writes for JPR’s As It Was Series. In addition to winning a WILLA, Gail’s writing has placed in the Jack London Novel Contest and the William Faulkner Literary Short Story Contest.
Ron McCloud was born and raised in Western Nebraska where he acquired an early interest in local history. He graduated from the University of Denver and pursued a career in corporate management, working in Omaha, New York and San Francisco. He had married his high school sweetheart and with their two sons they escaped from the city in 1975, returned to small town life in Dunsmuir, and bought the hardware store which dates to 1894. He has been active in numerous leadership roles in Dunsmuir and was one of the founders of the Dunsmuir Historic District. He was co-author with Deborah Harton of a history of Dunsmuir published in 2010. His Dunsmuir Hardware store reflects his interest in the town’s history and he enjoys sharing Dunsmuir’s stories with his writings in the Jefferson Backroads.
Bob Pasero is a stereotypical American coming from both pre colonial and twentieth century immigrant stock. Many of his ancestors came west at, and in some cases prior to, the gold rush settling in Northern California. Since retiring Bob and his wife Priscilla enjoy traveling, photographing and writing about their beloved State of Jefferson. The magazine, ”JEFFERSON BACKROADS“ kindly offered a publishing opportunity and their adventures now appear in the magazine under the title, “ON THE ROAD – Adventures in the State of Jefferson.” Bob and Priscilla invite you along on their adventures in the historic and beautiful State of Jefferson.
Bill Wensrich: Native Oregonian, Clamper and history buff, Wild Bill Foghorn is a catalyst for the erection of many E Clampus Vitus (ECV) historical monuments. He writes and publishes for his home Chapters, Yreka’s Humbug #73 and Grants Pass Umpqua Joe #1859. Bill serves the Ancient and Honorable Order as board member of the Grand Council representing Chapters located in the State of Jefferson. He is currently preparing to lead 200 Redshirts on a future three day Crescent City area history trek. Following a career in information technology, Bill resides in Sacramento County with the “M & M girls (wife Marilyn and Labrador Retriever Molly).”