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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.

La Plant Helen Eloesser Mill Valley Early Resident b. 29 Oct 1888

d. May 1984

Sister of Dr. Leo Eloesser, famous San Francisco Thoracic surgeon. Tells of her brother and the family life in San Francisco, Mill Valley. Relates her schooling at Miss Murrisons, Miss Hamlins (when Miss Hamlin was alive) and gives a colorful reminiscence of life in a close-knit loveable German family. Native born San Franciscan as was her mother. 1 June 1977
Landon Ethel and Warren San Anselmo Early Resident, San Francisco Theological Seminary (son) b. 20 Jan 1890

d. Aug 1982

Age 84. In Marin since 1920. His father was President of the San Francisco Theological Seminary 1920-1928. Tells of early San Rafael, school days, high school in 1908, Earthquake, S. F. Theological Seminary and the early days of Marin. Her story joins his for another 10 minutes. 7 July 1974
Larribeau Alice Virginia (Mrs. Robert) San Francisco CA Artist (daughter) b. 1925 Age 50. Recorded at her home. Mrs. Larribeau is the grand daughter of Alice B. Chittenden, famous California artist who lived between 1859-1944. This well-known artist had many distinctions. She was 1) an instructor at California School of Fine Arts for over 50 years; 2) an excellent Portrait painter; 3) creator in oil of 256 paintings of California Wild Flowers 4) the recipient of 7 Gold and Silver medals for her work both here and abroad. Personal memories of her grandmother are narrated. 26 February 1975
Larson Dr. C. F. Sausalito      
Larson Edith Sausalito   b. 5 July 1888

d. Jan 1980

Leach James San Anselmo Realtor, Local Politician b. 16 May 1887

d. Oct 1979

Retired Real Estateman. In San Anselmo since 1906. Founder of Leach Realty Company, builder of 300 homes in Marin in 50 years. Retired from his business in 1958. Born in Liverpool, England. Mr. Leach has given much to his community. Cast one of the "Aye" votes in the 1907 election in which San Anselmo residents voted to incorporate their community. The vote was 83 "yes" and 79 "no." A warm, generous and kindly man. Reminiscences about Marin 1906-1978. 27 July 1978 
Leicester Dr. Katherine Marin Physician, Internist b. 14 Sep 1898

d. June 1979

Renowned Marin County Physician and Internist. Describes her life from her birthplace in Japan; daughter of a Presbyterian Missionary; through her school and college days; her marriage and her decision to study medicine at age 32. Comments on her treatment by fellow Medical Students and concludes her narrative with her 3 year work as a Doctor in a Quaker Missionary Hospital in Kenya, East Africa. 9 January 1976 
Lester Andrew M. Novato Sculptor   Dedication ceremonies of a bust of "Chief Marin" at the Novato Prehistory Museum, Miwok Park. Mr. Andres Lester, sculptor and Dr. Robert Thomas, descendent of Chief Marin talk. Dr. Thomas talks of his Indian ancestry and his line of descent from Chief Marin. 
Lewis Natalie Greene (Mrs. John C.) (see also Peck, Sheila Greene) Ross Pioneer Family   Daughters of the A. Crawford Greenes reminiscence about the grandparents, the James Coffins; their great grand parents, the Lucius Hamilton Allens, among the first families of Ross. The Coffin home was built in 1890 on Shady Lane in Ross, their daughter Natalie upon her marriage to A. Crawford Greene in 1912 was presented a home on the Coffin property where the five children were raised. 3 July 1980
Lilienthal Katherine Solomon Larkspur Early Resident b. 3 Feb 1911

d. 28 July 1995

Daughter-in-law of Bertha Gerstle and John Lilienthal reminiscences about 1900 Larkspur and Marin where the Solomons, Gerstles, Lilienthals (who had summer homes) were all well known early San Francisco Jewish families. Descriptions of Escalle, Hills Boat House, Violet Terrace (the Gerstle home in San Rafael), & the 1906 earthquake are discussed on this tape as are her San Francisco life, schooling, 1912 trip abroad, her marriage and a brief history of the Lilienthal, Solomon and Gerstle families. 9 August 1980 
Litz Irma Leonhart San Anselmo Early Resident b. 28 Sep 1894

d. May 1986

Age 81. Describes life in San Anselmo circa 1903. Early school days; 4th of July parades; snowstorm of 1912; early hotels; buggy rides and locates former stores and houses on San Anselmo Avenue. A city girl at heart, she dropped out of San Rafael High School in her senior year to go to business school in San Francisco. 13 January 1976
Livermore George Ross Architect, son of Conservationist   Architect son of Caroline Sealy Livermore shares his reminiscences of his remarkable mother who was: 1) co-Founder of Marin Conservation League (1930's); 2) Founder and Director of Marin Audubon Society; 3) 1st Marin County Planning Director; 4) responsible for getting the State of California to acquire private lands for public use, i.e., Stinson Beach, Camp Taylor, Angel Island, tidelands, Richardson Bay, Shell Beach, Tomales Bay; 5) Driving force to create Marin Art & Garden Society. Also tells of the family heritage and "Montesol," the county estate. 
Lloyd Eugene Ross Early Resident, Actor, 1st President Ross Valley Players b. 4 July 1895

d. 17 April 1993

Mr. Lloyd tells of his early visits to Marin as a boy and the beginning days of the Dipsea Race. He also recalls early steamship days in California. Tape #2 concerns itself with one subject, "Ross Valley Players." Both of the Lloyds were in at the beginning of this group in 1929. Eugene was elected the 1st President. "The Ross Valley Players" has the distinction of being the oldest amateur theatrical group in continuous operation in the whole U.S.A. No, it was not some group in a barn in Connecticut! 22 July 1975 - 29 October 1976
Lloyd Ethelwynne (Beth) Ross Early Resident, Actress b. 7 Jan 1902

d. May 1984

In this narrative, Mrs. Lloyd describes Morton Coates Fisher's property known for years in Ross Valley as "Mountain View Place." In 1891 the property was taken over and converted to a fashionable hotel by A. P. Hotaling. Hotel torn down in 1917. Joins with her husband in tape #2 concerning the "Ross Valley Players." Both of the Lloyd's were in at the beginning of this group in 1929. Beth uses her scrapbook to take us chronologically through the years with fascinating side trips re stories of humorous episodes in putting on plays. 22 July 1975 - 29 October 1976
Longley Floyd West Marin Pioneer Family b. 13 Jan 1909

d. 5 Sep 1998

Born in 1909 on Randall Ranch, Olema. Son of Charles (Joe) Longley (born in Lagunitas). His family has been in the Bolinas area since 1852. Samuel Clark, Longley's maternal grandfather, is profiled on page 419 of Monroe Fraser's "1880 History of Marin County." His grandfather, George W. Longley ran the Saw Mill at Samuel P. Taylor Paper Mill; his father (Joe) ran the butcher shop in Bolinas. Warm reminiscences of the Bolinas area and local notables. Family at one time
Losh William J.  Mill Valley Early Resident, Red Cross Messenger, American Field Service Member b. 1 Oct 1896

d. Oct 1973

William Jackson Losh was born in San Francisco 1 October 1896. He first lived in Mill Valley from 1901 to 1916. He was a member of the first four year graduating class Tamalpais Union High School (as it was then called) which graduated in 1912. However, he was able to graduate in only two years. After attending Stanford, he was a member of the American Ambulance Field service in WWI. This became the American Field Service now known as AFS. AFS is a program for foreign exchange students in high schools here and abroad. During the war he spent time in France and Albania. During the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco he was a messenger for the Red Cross. He recalls the early days of Mill Valley when there was a railroad station in the downtown area. The railroad ran down Miller Avenue. 18 March 1972
Lowe Grace Elizabeth      
Ludy George Inverness Politician, Marin Supervisor, Planninng Commission, Golden Gate Bridge District b. 17 Feb 1905

d. Nov 1985

Retired politician in Marin County for over 35 years; i.e., Supervisor (1960-1968); County Planning Commission; Golden Gate Bridge District; School Board; etc. Shares his life story of 75 years in Marin. Tells about the changes in Inverness, the acquisition of land for Synanon; early Olema; Bear Valley Country Club; loss of the dairy industry; the need for environmentalists and conservationists; the Point Reyes National Seashore story; the Limantur Spit story and the appreciation of real estate in Marin County. Colorful, outspoken Marinite. 22 April 1980 & August/September 1982
Lundberg Barbara Wellington Ross Early Resident, daughter of ship builder b. 1912 Age 72. # 1 - Reminiscences of Ross and her grandparents, the William A. Booles, who built their home at #1 Shady Lane, Ross in 1886. Property burned in 1892, immediately rebuilt. Sold in 1905 to the Warren Spiker family. Last owners were the A. Crawford Greene's. Though born in San Francisco, she describes summers in Ross and the quiet, lovely lifestyle she and her brother enjoyed during their formative years. William Boole was a ship builder and built Barkentines for the sugar trade. Early history of her family, i.e., the Wellingtons and the Booles. # 2 - Warm reminiscences of Ross in the summer (1910-1920's) on the 30 acre Winfield Scott Davis property - particularly at "The Camp," a rustic dwelling (still extant) where it was a delight to visit. Describes the house (then a canvas tent 40 x 20 structure) room by room and tells of the gracious lifestyle at that time - tennis, swimming, Chinese cooks, music (for example, Alfred Hertz, S.F. Symphony conductor was a frequent guest), and all the cousins who came.

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