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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. 
Nason Alice Costello San Francisco Early San Francisco Resident b. 16 Jan 1906

d. Nov 1988

Granddaughter of Thomas J. Welsh, architect of Dominican Convent, St. Mary's Cathedral, etc. and daughter of Richard Costello, president of O'Connor - Moffett (for 30 years) one of San Francisco's finest stores (since 1864 - now Macy's). Her great aunt, Mary Costello O'Connor, was the wife of the founder of the store, Bryan O'Connor. He died without issue and Mary brought three of her brothers into the business when she was widowed. Warm reminiscences of an old San Francisco family. 
Newsom Samuel Mill Valley Landscape Designer, Artist, Bonsai & Japanese Art Authority   50 year resident of Mill Valley. Long time owner of "The Greenwood Tree," great Japanophile Bonsai expert, etc. Shares his reminiscences of hie life's work, i.e., landscape designer; artist; authority on Bonsai & Japanese Art; writer of six books re his craft. Studied in Japan 1935-1939. Speaks Japanese. Spends half the year in New Hampshire in White Mountains in a home he designed and built in the Japanese style. He was a son of Samuel Newsom who built over 600 homes in California (1888-1910). His wife Sylvia joins in. 23 February 1981
Newsom Sylvia Mill Valley Landscape Designer, Artist, Bonsai & Japanese Art Authority (wife)   See interview on Samuel Newsom. Sylvia is a descendent of N. Bowditch who wrote "American Practical Navigator." 23 February 1981
Nickelsburg Janet Jacobi San Francisco Teacher, Conservationist, Radio & TV Professional b. 1 Mar 1893

d. March 1983

Age 83. Author of 9 books for children on nature & science. Teacher and conservationist, born in san Francisco. Latest book is, "Nature Activities of Early Childhood" published in 1976. Had a radio show for children for 5 years on NBC, "sign Posts for Young Students" and a TV show, "Stop, Look and Listen." Relates her years of experience with children. Her philosophy is teaching "Nature without Nomenclature," i.e., the NAME is the last thing you teach a child. Relates her friendship with Alice Eastwood. 24 September 1976

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