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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 04:51:52 :

Point Reyes Light
Thursday, October 12, 1989
Page 14

Rafael Garcia descendent dies

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday at Mission San Rafael Arcangel for Dolores Alcanatara Hartsook, formerly a longtime Marin resident and a member of a West Marin pioneering family.

Mrs. Hartsook died Thursday, Oct. 5, at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa. She was 91.

Her great-grandfather was Rafael Garcia, the West Marin settler who received the Rancho Tomales y Baulines in 1835 for defending Mexican missions from Indian attacks.

The grant originally comprised 35,000 acres, land that now makes up the towns of Stinson Beach and Bolinas plus the Olema Valley and the west shore of Tomales Bay.

Garcia later received part of the Point Reyes peninsula as a land grant and the family became centered in Olema.

The Alcantara family also dates back to Point Reyes’ early days. One of Garcia’s sons-in-law, Francesco Alcantara, was hired as a gamekeeper for an elaborate country club built by the Shafter family in Bear Valley. Alcantara’s son Ben took the job from his father.

Mrs. Hartsook taught school for many years, most recently in Bodega Bay and at St. Hilary’s in Tiburon. She retired in 1975.

She was a graduate of San Francisco State College.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara H. Nelson of San Rafael and Gloria Jean Russell of Napa; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael.

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