Isabelle "Izzy" Rentfro remembers it almost like it was yesterday. Her father gathered the family into the old Franklin Town Car, and the Rue family of Los Angeles was on its way to explore a far away destination in the rustic hills of the San Bernardino Mountains.


Those late-1920s excursions to Cedar Springs and Summit Valley, about 15 miles south of the sleepy community of Hesperia, proved life-changing. In 1928 Rentfro's father bought a large spread that would become known as the Rue Ranch.


Recently, Rentfro, 92, has spent countless hours creating "The Scrapbook of Memories from Summit Valley and Cedar Springs."


"I've been working on this for about a year," she said.


The publication shares Rentfro's fondest of memories of the ranch, which through the decades has become the focal point of seven generations. Rentfro, who today lives with her son Bob Nelson in a sprawling south Hesperia home that houses five generations, incorporated the memories of numerous current and former residents from the area into her book.


"We're essentially done," said Nelson, a former candidate for the First District County Supervisor seat.


Besides photos and personal anecdotes, the book contains text from newspaper clippings found at the Hesperia and Victor Valley College libraries. Of the heavier content is the story of an massacre of 1866 which claimed the lives of three cowboys and and unknown number of Native Americans.


Despite its voluminous qualities, "The Scrapbook of Memories" "is not a comprehensive list of the valley," according to Nelson.


In the mid-1950s, the Rue children purchased the property from their father. Later they would incorporate the property and divide ownership into shares, which made retaining the sentimental ranch for future generations more easy.


In 1994, the Rue family and others attended a reunion of current and former area residents. Rentfro discovered that others started documenting their experiences by making scrapbooks.


"I started thinking, 'Why don't I put this together?' I wrote a lot of different people and asked if they'd send me their memories."


Perhaps the single most enjoyed aspect of living in the pristine areas of Summit Valley and Cedar Springs, which was mostly located where Silverwood Lake now rests, is the area's flora and fauna.


"It's quiet except for the frogs," Nelson said.


Residents have seen coyotes, rabbits, squirrels and mountain lions. Neson has even seen a bear come up on his front porch.


"We have the full range," he said.


The family members also hold annual meetings to tend to legal matters and other issues. While the meetings can have their share of upbeat moments, part of the time together is serious and businesslike.


"We still have our disputes, but we're still together," he said. "That's more than most families can say."