Friday, May. 27, 2016
Draw Bridge at Black Point, early 1900s. Staley Postcard Collection

Launchmen Cruise from San Rafael to Black Point

By Laurie Thompson

The August 8, 1914 Marin County Tocsin reports on a popular excursion along the Marin County waterfront:

"Many of the local launchmen...

Gordon's Opera House when it was the home of the Lyric Theater, San Rafael

San Rafael's Opera House

By Jocelyn Moss

Did you know there was an Opera House in San Rafael? We are not talking about Grand Opera, however. It was more like a public hall. Mr. U.M. Gordon saw the need for a public place of entertainment and commenced to build what was known as Gordon's Opera House at 1325-13337 Fourth Street. The Opera...

Joseph Mailliard when a junior at the University of California, 1878

Recollections of Joseph Mailliard

By Laurie Thompson

The California Room is grateful to bookseller Michael Good and philanthropist Jeff Craemer for the recent donation of a rare autobiography of Joseph Maillard, whose family settled in the San Geronimo Valley in the 19th century.


Queen of the May Zeila Heydenfeldt, 1910

May Day 1910

By Laurie Thompson

The elaborate May Day Festival held at Kentfield in the early 1900s always included a Queen of the May followed by her "ladies in waiting" who were selected from schools across Southern Marin. At the onset of the event, they would parade from the Albert & Adaline Kent...

Maypole dancing at Kentfield, 1909

Kentfield Festival Will Draw Thousands

By Laurie Thompson

On May 1, 1909 an elaborate May Day festival and ground breaking ceremony took place in Kentfield on 29 acres of land that had been recently donated by Mrs. Adaline E. Kent and her son William Kent to the people of Marin...



L-R: Jeff Craemer; Laurie Thompson; Phil Gazzano; Richard Torney; Joe Breeze; Jimmy Dunn; Fred Runner

1911 Shay Locomotive Model now on display at the Civic Center Library

Last week, the exquisite Shay locomotive model created by Mt. Tamalpais Scenic Railway workers at their shops in Mill Valley in 1911, made its first public appearance in Marin County in 86 years.


Alice Eastwood & the Cross Country Boys Club
Dr. Alfred W. Taliaferro: A Good Samaritan


Anita Dolcini Googins Spoke "Swiss"

Anita Dolcini Googins (1916-2015) grew up in West Marin speaking the Swiss-Italian dialect. Her great-grandfather Carlo Martinoia (Charles Martin) was one of many Swiss-Italian immigrants who left their small villages in the Vallemaggia, Switzerland to seek opportunity in the golden hills of California. In the 1850s, Martin found it in Chileno...

Photo Mystery Solved: Dedication of the Jepson Memorial, Tomales Bay State Park
Olivia Dalessi Leaves Legacy


Looking down D Street, San Rafael, from Wolf Grade, circa 1875

The William S. Hughes Family: San Rafael Pioneers, 1855-1914

William Slater Hughes, born in 1814, was a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He left home as a young man, first travelling to Hagerstown, Maryland, then to New Orleans and later to Texas....

The Ancestry of San Rafael Pioneer Elisha DuBois
Stephen Hamnet Shakespeare: Professor of Elocution at the Mt. Tamalpais Military Academy


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