Sunday, Jun. 26, 2016
Joseph Mailliard in 1902

Tragedy befalls Joseph Mailliard

By Judy Coy

In his 1924 Autobiography, Joseph Louis Mailliard recounts some of his family history and his early life and the wildlife on the Mailliard’s Rancho...

1948 Program for the Marin Art & Garden Fair, Ross

Marin Art & Garden Fair

By Laurie Thompson

Shortly after World War II, the Marin Art and Garden Center was formed on the eight-acre site of the former Kittle estate in Ross.

The first Marin Art and Garden Fair was held at the new Center from September 20 to 22, 1946. The fair featured booths and attractions focusing on art, floral arrangement...

Rudolph Betolli's patented design for a whimsical "bunny rabbit" baby bottle, 1927

Rudy Bettoli: From Winemaker to Toy Maker

By Catherine L. Gowdy

Rudolph William Bettoli was born in San Francisco on December 16, 1889, the son of immigrants Stephen Bettoli and Frances Plistil. Stephen Bettoli was born in Switzerland on April 3, 1865 and arrived in New York at...

Druid's Hall, Nicasio, 1905

Druids in Marin County

By Jocelyn Moss

Were there Druids in Marin County? Yes, actually. This historic photo taken on the square in Nicasio shows the Druid's Hall over the general store in 1905. The United Ancient Order of Druids is a fraternal organization started in England in 1771 to...

Ted Gleason & His Jersey Cow, Marin County Fair, Novato, August 22, 1926

Novato once home to Marin County Fair

By Laurie Thompson

From 1925 to 1928 Novato played host to the Marin County Fair. They called it the "Marin County Fair and Harvest Festival" and its first president was Robert H. Trumbull. In 1927 "Marvelous Marin" became the sponsoring...



Draw Bridge at Black Point, early 1900s. Staley Postcard Collection

Launchmen Cruise from San Rafael to Black Point

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

"Many of the local launchmen enjoyed a cruise on the bay Sunday... A good breeze was blowing...

San Rafael's Opera House
Recollections of Joseph Mailliard


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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