Crestline Chronicles author to speak at A.K. Smiley Library
Author Rhea-Frances Tetley will speak about her book, Crestline Chronicles, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the A.K. Smiley Public Library Assembly Room at 125 W. Vine St. Admission is free.
Situated in the beautiful San Bernardino Range, Crestline is the gateway community to the famous mountain resorts of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake. Historically, the area was known for timber-cutting, hunting and fishing, fruit and nut harvesting, sledding and other winter sports. The first visitors to the area were Native Americans escaping the Mojave Desert summers; followed in the 1850s by Mormon lumberjacks, who built the town of San Bernardino at the base of the mountains; and then successors who bought the sawmills and settled into mountain living.
In these stories of Crestline’s formative times, historian Rhea-Frances Tetley recalls some of the more intrepid and colorful characters to have trekked through the western San Bernardinos.
Tetley’s great-grandfather, Frank A Tetley Sr., developed the Valley of Enchantment section of Crestline beginning in 1924, and the author has been visiting the area since her birth. She has lived there with her family, full time, since 1976. She is a past president and founder of the Crest Forest/Rim of the World Historical Society and is currently on the board of directors of the Mountain History Museum in Lake Arrowhead, California.
Tetley has taught at Clement Middle School in Redlands for the past 19 years, with sixth- and seventh-graders with learning handicaps. She was nominated as teacher of the year and has been the assistant director for the Drama Department.