Our first published book - The History & Stories of the Capay Valley - is a compilation of 18 volumes of a quarterly journal for The Greater Capay Valley Historical Society that author Elizabeth "Betsy" Monroe wrote and published between 2011 and 2014 - with updated material added.
Betsy attended the Capay School, just like her grandmother did 70 years earlier. When the school districts were unified, the Capay Valley and Hungry Hollow kids were bussed into the "big town" of Esparto to complete elementary school and where the valley kids had been graduating from high school for generations. Esparto High School is the second oldest high school in Yolo County after Winters High. Graduating in 1971, Betsy left home for college and reclaimed her given name, Elizabeth...but after taking early retirement from the teaching field to come home to research and write, the valley locals turned her right back into Betsy--and she is fine with that! It is good to be home!
It has been an amazing journey! I came to find my own "roots" and ended up taking the journey of discovery with so many others! So now I have compiled the 18 volumes into a hardcover book of 440 full-color pages: "The History and Stories of the Capay Valley," reaching back into the mid-1800s, but focusing primarily on our last 100 years together--because my readers and I are the history of the Capay Valley!
Many local families and others have been living and working here for decades, others are Native American descendants of an 8000 year history in the valley, but all cooperate to make this an agricultural wonderland!