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Catherine L. Gowdy

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Looking towards San Rafael, c. 1870

Thomas Hawkins Hanson was born on April 16, 1828 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. In 1850 he was in Alexandria, Virginia, living in a hotel and practicing law. By 1854 he had arrived in Marin County and was living in San Rafael township. The 1860...

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John Shepard Eells (young boy standing in front of donkey) with Family & Friends

A number of years ago the John Shepard Eells scrapbook was donated to the Anne T. Kent California Room at the Civic Center Library. It was without question put together by his mother Gertrude Shepard, wife of Charles Parmelee Eells.

The scrapbook...

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Austin Ramon Pohli

Marin County’s Mountain Play owes a debt of gratitude to the commitment and vision of Austin Ramon Pohli who loved Mt. Tamalpais and had a passion for theater and song. 

 Ramon Pohli was born in San Francisco in 1893 to Emil and...

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Gen. Llewellyn F. Haskell

I have just “completed,” if that is possible, a compilation of Civil War veterans who lived for part of their lives in Marin County, or at least are buried here. It is a project I began many years ago in the CA State Archives in...

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

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 age 17 on December 27, 1883,...

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

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.  He was in Texas when the Mexican War broke out...

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DuBois Family Coat of Arms

On a recent trip to the Anne T. Kent California Room, I had the opportunity to study Elisha DuBois’ 19th-Century business ledgers where I gleaned some new information on the history and genealogy of the DuBois family.

 Elisha DuBois...

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