Marin County Genealogy

Marin Oral Histories - F

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NOTE: Oral Histories for underlined names have been transcribed and are available on the net - click on the name to go to the Civic Center Branch of the Marin County Free Library page where they can be accessed.
Fahy John Ross Postmaster b. 1 June 1930

d. 17 June 1996

Ross Postmaster for the last three years shares his reminiscences of 40 years of postal service. Explains the inner workings of a Post Office; types of mail; processing of mail; sources of expenses; i.e., bulk mail charges, stamp machines & postage stamps and tells a story about the Ross P.O. John started as a Mail Carrier with the heavy bag over the shoulder and moved on up to Clerk, Supervisor, Postmaster. His rewards: good service, happy customers and satisfaction of a "job well done."
Foley Kevin Novato Native American   Interviewed by Ruth Lescohier at the College of Marin in Kentfield on 2 May 1974. Kevin talks about growing up in Novato. He discusses his emerging identity as an American Indian. He discusses the importance of the Ethnic Studies classes at College of Marin. 2 May 1974
Forbes John Douglas, Jr. Mill Valley Architect, Economic Historian, Professor Emeritus, Curator, Writer, Early Resident b. 9 April 1910 Architectural and economic historian, Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia; Curator of Paintings, San Francisco World's Fair 1938-40; Chairman Department of Fine Arts, University of Kansas; Professor of Business History; mystery writer "Dowser" also international kite flyer (see Who's Who in America 1982-83, Volume 1). Born in San Francisco 9 April 1910, raised in Mill Valley until 1929 fire destroyed much of the town. Family relocated to Ross. Dr. Forbes describes the life style in Ross; the prominent families; the houses; the changes; who ran the town, etc. A nostalgic journey by a perceptive and stimulating man. His tape is replete with humor, some light gossip and great warmth. 7 August 1984 
Fortune Helen Hind Ross Early Resident, daughter of Katherine Branson School Administrator b. 9 Mar 1909

d. 13 July 1996

Daughter of George Hind, founder and President of the first Board of Trustees, Katherine Branson School in 1920. Describes her attendance at the first little school, I.e., the Little Red School (then the little gray school). Reminiscences warmly of life at "KBS" over 50 years ago. She is joined periodically by Mrs. Harrison (Kitty) Dibblee who (1930-1935) was Miss Branson's secretary. Delightful vignettes of those innocent years at a girl's school.
Frediani Ernestine Nirviani Fairfax Early Resident b. 18 Feb 1909

d. 8 Jan 1991

Interviewed by San Dominico Upper School students, Mrs. Frediani was born in Fairfax in 1909. She reminisces about growing up in Marin during that time. 2 March 1989 
Freitas Judge Carlos R. Terra Linda Pioneer Family b. 7 Feb 1904

d. Oct 1979

Interview recorded at his office. Joins Manuel, Louis and Walter in reminiscing about his father. 6 February 1976
Freitas Louis G. Terra Linda Pioneer Family   Joins Manuel, Carlos and Walter in reminiscing about his father. 6 February 1976
Freitas Manuel T., Jr. Terra Linda Pioneer Family b. 27 May 1900

d. Dec 1981

Eldest son of Manuel T. Freitas (1853-1923) pioneer Marin rancher, banker and landowner. Joins three of his brothers, Carlos, Louis, and Walter in reminiscences of his father - covers with his brothers: his father's arrival from Portuguese Azores in San Francisco in 1869. Traces his father's Commission business, banking experience, purchase of the six ranches in Marin; describes ranch life; i.e., chores, duties, etc. Relates the break-up of the Ranches (approx. 6,000 total acres) to sub-dividers (Terra Linda - for example), and describes the changes in dairy farming over the years. 6 February 1976 
Freitas Walter F. Terra Linda Pioneer Family b. 18 Nov 1916

d. 23 April 1993

Joins Louis, Carlos and Manuel in reminiscing about his father. 6 February 1976 
Furlong Margaret San Rafael Early Resident b. 9 Feb 1890

d. 25 Dec 1990

Wife of Dr. Robert Furlong. San Rafael resident. Recorded at home. 30 September 1974 

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