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I RIDING THE BUSES
MILL VALLEY IN THE 40'S I A WORLD AT WAR
WALKING THE RAILS
A CITY'S RESILIENCE I PEACE I PROSPERITY
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Joan Murray Vice Presidelll
Bill Devlin Treasurer
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The War
THE MILL VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
375 THROCKMORTON AVENUE ' MILL VALLEY, CALIFORNIA 94941
Tilll Amyx. Chuck Crawford. Barbara Ford. Josette
Cavin. Marilyn Ceary, IZ,obert Huber. Melis,a Kurtz.
Ron Olson . Don Scitas, Carol Sr;ligt'r, Gene Stocking
Marc Bruvry Publisher
Judy Anderson Desi.~11 / Art Directioll
Deborah Anker, BESTYPE Prodllctioll
Paradise Printing Pri/lti/l.~
ill Valley diffe red little from most
other coasta l towns in Californ ia.
During the yea rs America wa s directly
involved in t he war, t imes were hard fo r th ose
who lived here. H ard ti mes em otionally and
eco nomicall y. Sacrifice was required from all.
Be it rationi ng rub ber, suga r, gasoline, or not
see ing your fath er fo r months or yea rs on end ,
won dering if yo u'd eve r see him again. Ea ch
air siren was met with anxiety and fea r. Li fe on
t he dail y and more mundane level was also
interrupted. Th e M ou ntain Play was cance led
for the first t ime in 30 years during th e war
years. The Dipsea race was not run from 1942
to 1945. The entire upper half of Mt. Tam was
closed to the public as the army took it ove r.
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per calendar year.
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The GI bill provided free education fo r
veterans and low interest loan s for purchasing
homes . Th e few years that fo llowed World War
II in Mi ll Valley were the only rea l years of
bui ldi ng " low cost " housing fo r the work ing
cl ass. Small , s i ~ple houses we nt up in Straw­
berry. Tam Valley, and at the south end of
Tamalpais Park. From just after World War II ,
through the m id-1970'S Mi ll Valley was an
affordable town for the blue-collar working
cl ass. Becau se of th is the population in M ill
Va lley increased from 5,000 in 1941 to sl ightly
over 10,000 in 1950.
Al ong with th e exp losio n of home co
an d developmen t in M ill Valley came the g
ing pai ns that are still felt today-traffic. park ­
ing, loss of old time small bu sinesses, and
t hose pesky out-of-towners who keep
showing up!
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The War Years
ill Valley differed little from most
oth er coastal towns in Californ ia,
During the years Ameri ca was directly
involved in the war, times were hard for those
who lived here. Hard times emotiona lly and
economically, Sacrifice was requ ired from all.
Be it ration ing rubber, sugar, gasoline, or not
seeing your father for months or years on end,
wondering if you'd ever see him again . Each
air siren was met with anxiety and fear. Life on
the dai ly and more mundane level was also
interrupted , The Mountain Play was canceled
for the first time in 30 years during the war
years. The Dipsea race was not run from 1942
to 1945. The entire upper half of Mt. Tam was
closed to the public as the army took it over.
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The GI bi ll provided free education for
veterans and low interest loans for purchasing
homes, The few years that fo llowed World War
II in Mill Valley were the only real years of
bui lding "low cost" housing for the working
class. Small, simple houses went up in Straw­
berry, Tam Va ll ey, and at the south end of
Tamalpais Park, From just after World War II,
through the mid-1970's Mill Valley was an
affordable town for the blue-collar working
class, Because of this the population in Mill
Va ll ey increased from 5,000 in 1941 to slightly
over 10,000 in 1950,
Al ong with the explosion of home constructio n
and development in Mill Valley came the grow­
ing pains that are still felt today-traffic, park­
ing, loss of old time small businesses, and
those pesky out-of-towners who keep
showing up!
As the decade began, lon g time lovers of
the commuter train and ferry service saw it
take its last run , Bus service to the city began
in September of 1940,
Before 1948, if you wanted to make a phone
ca ll you, had to call the operator and ask for
the 3-digit number and she'd connect your call.
Shortly after the new telephone company was
built in 1947 on East Blithedale, all houses in
M ill Valley were given dial phones. You cou ld
then dial your 3 or 4 digit number directly!
The average salary in the late 1940'S was
$7,700. That couldn't get you much today, but
if you li ved in Mill Valley in 1947 you could buy
a loaf of bread for 14 cents, or a gallon of gas
for 16 cents . Coffee was 48 cents per pound, a
lube job cost a dollar, and a new car could be
bought for $1,200. How about a dozen eggs
for 32 cents? And after breakfast, you could go
playa round of golf in Mill Valley for 75 cents.
If you were a young man in highschool during
the war years, you were probably pondering
mili tary service, As a young woman, you were
contemplating what your contribution to the
war effort might be,
The school became integrated during the war
years as many blacks from the south relocated
to the newly built Marin City to work on the
ships that were being built for the Navy.
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As the new decade approached, Mi ll Vall ey saw
more eviden ce of a growing town and
changing society. The first television was
installed at the 2 a.m, Club in 1948. East
Blithedale built sidewalks, which in turn
eliminated parking on the south side of the
street. For fifty years, Sunnyside Ave nue
Sunnyside Avenue was a dead end street at the
railroad tracks. When the commuter trains
stopped running, the tracks were removed and
the street was opened to through traffic.
Polio was still a problem, particularly in 1948
when 36 cases were reported in Mari n County,
including 2 deaths.
Over 50% of current Mill Valley residents are
either baby boomers, or children of baby
boomers. Most of us learned of the war years
from our parents or grandparents who lived
them first hand. This year's Mill Valley
Historical Review salutes those years and the
people of Mi ll Valley who lived them. Learn,
enjoy, and reflect with us as we share with you
some of their stories and memories .
IJI ou'!/'I tark 1/'1'
O/)tillli~'Jn that (!xislel/ ill the 1920 .~.
neteralls
Tamalpais Highschool Principal Wood retired
in 1944, after serving the school in that role
from 1919. After the wa r, the clock was added
to the tower at Wood Hall in honor of the 40
former Tam students who died in the war.
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JBlUL§e§ ~ Raii§ ~ AlULi({J)m({J)lhiie§ ~ ~ biggest story of the year was transportation!
12:12 a.m. on Tuesday morning would be the last in
_With the Depression finally over and the ever·
increasing purchase of automobiles, the number of
Mill Valley commuters using the N.W. P. interurban
system of rail and ferr ies fell off markedly. Early in
1940 the Greyhound Bus Company made application
to the state railroad commission to set up a system of
commuter buses from Mill Valley to San Francisco as
well as county·wide. However, the people of Mill Valley
the city's history. Fare was set at $9 a month for bus
commute. The revolution from ferry and train to
bus transportation for Mill Valley affected more people
than any change in Marin's varied transit history. Rich
with the mellow past is the transportation story, which
started in 1826 when Captain Reed first operated a
sailboat from San Francisco to Southern Marin .An
felt ready and able to provide their own bus service,
and in a May election, voted 1,633 to 531 to authorize
the city to start a municipal motor coach system
"when and if train and ferry service ceases ." The battle
lines were drawn, and the controversy persisted
throughout the year. That same month the state
rail road commission officially authorized the
abando nment of train and ferry service and its
replacement by Pacific Greyhound bus service.
October editorial in the Mill Valley Record stated th at
"sharply divergent opinion on the value of buses vs .
train and ferry service was evident in Mill Valley this
week as all interurban traffic transferred to the buses. "
Opinion varied from high praise for varying times by
bus to melancholy recollection of the leisurely trip by
tra in and ferry.
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PREPARIl'
;tionall y: Armament... building a defense ...
preparing for war, while threats are perceived i
1,within;
aid is offered to Britain. Locally: With a
population of almost 5,000, Mill Valley experience
growth and a new prosperity. New homes were go
all around town, with a couple of good·sized tract
open near the southern boundary. Our nation was
involved in building a strong defense as Germany
absorbed most of Western Europe and appeared r
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, A health pro<~ralll is colllpleted
ill Mill Valley's fOllr schools alld
illcllldes illOClllatioll for diphtheria,
I/accillatioll for slllall pox, alld eye
exalllillatioll ..
- PlallS for Mill Va lley's 11 1'11' post
office at th e comer of East Blithe­
dale and SlIlmyside Avellll e... II ext
The Mill Valley City Council refused to accept this as
step is to call for bids... tellallts all
the final word and on August 9, passed a resolution to
ex istill<~ hOllses haJle 30 days 10
launch the town into the bus business, feeling they
vacate... a total of $16,500 is paid
could provide bus service at more efficient cost.
for the property with S95, 000 aJ)(Iilabie for the ('IItire project... Around the same time, a group of local citizens
-Jllly 23, 1940... Mill Va lley
cOllcllldes alelnatioll of its .first 50
years as a COllllllllllity raz illS of
the S'lIIlIlIit School I"'ildill,~ closes
allllost ltaU' a [rlltllry of tlte teJlJlII's
edllwtie>llal hislory
Machillery for takillg this COllllly:~
.first peacelillle draji ill Mill Valley
is assllming shape ",itb tile
appoilltlllflli of draft boards,
attorneys, alld re,l!istratioll clerks.
Local r('sidellts of ages 2 J to 35
are reqllired 10 sig" lip, {wd J\lfil/
Valley has 672 1/1(' 11 11'1/0 //Jill he
reqllired 10 re,l!isler 011 Oclober J6.
This is J 4 percellt of Mill llllley's
poplliatioll !if 4,800.
formed the Mill Valley Taxpayers League, which started
an aggressive campaign to warn about the large costs
involved (bonded indebtedness would be increased
four times) and urged a fuller investigation of the plan.
In August, the City Council and the Planning
Commission tackled the tremendous task of widening
the city's main arteries , Miller Avenue and East
Blithedale, to meet the problems of growth and the
proposed bus traffic.
On September 17 it was announced that Pacific
Greyhound would take over all Mill Valley
transportation service. Arrival of the N.W. P. train at
Actually the ferry system survived for a couple of
months and it wasn't until February 28, 1941 that the
last ferry made its last scheduled crossing. This
culminated 73 years of continuous service between
Marin and San Francisco, the first ferryboat having
made a scheduled run between San Franci sco and
Sausalito on May 10,1896.
Coordinated with the ferries had been a system of
steam and electric trains , at one time servicing even
the most remote parts of Marin , to form a steel and
water link on which Marin 's progress had hung. When
the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937, the waterway
became an anachronism .
The editorial concludes , "We regret the passi ng of the
trains and ferries ... they brought Marin a rare charm
that it will never forge t. Yet, we have to hail the faster
future with high hopes-knowing that the past and the
future must always differ."
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- All adIJerlisflllellt by S'!feway ill lit e Mill
Va lley Record offers a pOll/ld of A ilway coffee
for J2 rellts alld lalllb cltops 01 23 CCIIls per
pO/md AI lite Seqlloia Tileater, Ilt ere is a
dOllble featllre wilh JOlli es Caglley slarrillg ill
"Cily for COllqllest" alld I'V C. Fields as II,e
lead actor ill "Tlt e Balik Dick." DillllenIJarc is
<~illell away all Satllrday lIi,RlltS, alld all lickets
are SIII!iec/ to tlte U. S . D~fellse Tax 111 tlte
Jor-relll category of tlte Record, tllC/'c is a parlly
jimlislted 3-bedroolll hOllie, alllOlllalic Itol watl'/"
alld ,~as circ. It eater for S40 a 1I/OIIIh illCllldill,l!
IIlaler
JllIllla ry 7, 1941 . Nilleteen Mill Va lley lII ell
are drajied illio lite Arllly TllIllalpais Higlt
School officially illall<~lIrates its Ims syslelll as
SOllie 1,000 pllpils of a 1,300-stlldetlt body art
trallsporled by 12 lIell' bllses to alld ji"01ll tlte
SOlltltem Marill school
JOim ary 10 Witlt all illjlllX of 500 lIew
officers alld IIl ell forlllilig Ihe to-be-orgallized
J 411t Pllrsl/il Gro llp (figil ler), Halllilioll .field
persollllel ZOO IIIS oller tlte 4,000 lIIark A
lI ell! Dodge sedall is available at Ralldolph's
local salesroolll (located opposite lite .fireltollse)
Jar S880
-Jalll/ary 2 1 The Record is j lldged th efillest
sllblll'ball lI ewspaper ill a slalewide colliest. TIIi,
is tlte .firsl tillle ill lite J 4-year history of lite
award thai il Itas colli e to a lIewspaper ill
Nort hem Califomia
PREPARING FORWar! / ;;'tionally: Armament... building a defense .. .
) n Tuesd ay morn ing would be the last in
istory. Fare was set at $9 a month for bus
....
The revolution from ferry and train to
ortation for Mill Valley affected more people
1ange in Marin's varied transit history. Rich
ellow past is the transportation story, which
1826 when Captain Reed first operated a
lm San Francisco to Southern Marin.An
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preparing for war, while threats are perceived from
1within;
aid is offered to Britain . Locally: With a
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population of almost 5,000 , Mill Valley experiences
growth and a new prosperity. New homes were going up
all around town , with a couple of good-sized tracts to
open near the southern boundary. Our nation was now
involved in buildin g a strong defense as Germany
absorbed most of Western Europe and appeared ready to
invade England . This massive effort was not lost on Mill
Valley, and soon there were indications everywhere that
we were heading for war. A draft of young men for military
service was initiated, draft boards were set up, and
groups of Mill Valley men were being shipped off for
military training. Every issue of the Mill Valley Record
included a list of selective service registrants who had
been sent questionnaires, and many is sues held lists of
those actually drafted.
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ditorial in the
Mill Valley Record stated
that
ivergent opinion on the value of buses vs.
rerry service was evi dent in Mill Valley this
I interurban traffic transferred to the buses. "
aried from high praise for varying times by
'Iancholy recollection of the leis\lrely trip by
fe rry.
1e ferry system survived for a couple of
d it wasn't until February 28, 1941 that the
nade its last scheduled crossing. This
d 73 years of continuous service between
I San Francisco, the first ferryboat having
:heduled run between San Francisco and
on May 10, 1896.
ed with the ferries had been a system of
j electric trains, at one time servicing even
remote parts of Marin , to form a steel and
on which Marin's progress had hung. When
n Gate Bridge opened in 1937, the waterway
anachronism.
ia l concludes, "We regret the passing of the
ferries .. . they brought Marin a rare charm
never forget. Yet, we have to hail the faster
high hopes-knowing that the past and the
t always differ."
All adl/ertiselll ellt by Safel/lay ill the 1\I[ill
Valley R ecord offers a pOI/lid of Airway coffee
for 12 WIts alld lalllb chops at 23 celltS per
pOI/lid At the Seql/oia Theater, there is (/
dOl/ble featl/re with jallles Caglley starrillg ill
"City for COllfjl/est" alld 1+:' C. Fields as the
lead actor ill "The Balik Dick." Dillllerware is
gil/ell away Oil Satl/rday lIights, al/d all tickets
are sl/bject to the U. S. Difellse Tax III the
for-retlt category of th e R ecord, there is a partly
jilrllish ed 3-bedroolll hOllie, al/tolllatic hot I/Iater
alld gas eirc. heater for S40 a IIIOlltl, illc!l/dillg
water
• The 1940 official cellSI/S COl/lit shows Mill
Valle), with a popl/latioll of 4,847 alld the
CO llllt)' as a whole with 52,907 Reports
that Arllly allthorities ilia), be lIegotiatillg to
take ol/er a lIIajor part of Mt . Ttl/lla/pais State
Park for lIIilitar), pllrposes are disclosed.
Salar), illcreases for jille city elllployees ill the street alld park departlllellt challge the blldget for cit)' gOlleYll lll ellt: j Ollll Zlifjillelli tl/Id joseph Sallfos j i'olll 125 to 135; jollll Sallfos-S 130 to 145; Hellry Fostille--Ji'olll 165 to S175; Alldrew YOIlIIger-)i'olll 110 to 115 • Elltirely lI elll lIIail serl/ice for Mill Valley alld
all i\1arill COllllty by special trllck across the
Goldell Gate Bridge starts. All lIIail serl/ice by
ferry ceases _
• TI,e U. S, Amly acqllires 14 acres of the tip of
Allgel Islalld Tilesday to expalld its d<;fells e
facilities ill Marill COllllt)'
-Jail/wry 7, 1941 Nilleteell Mill Valley lIIell
are drajied illto the A nlly Talllalpais High
School officially illal/gl/rates its blls systelll as
SOllie 1,000 pl/pils of a 1,300-stl/delll body are
transported b)' 12 lI elll bl/ses to alld fro III the
SOl/them AJarill scl/Ool
AIR RAID is indicated by a series of rapid blasts
on air whistle for two minutes, or by fluctuating
tone on siren.
ALL CLEAR is signalled by one long sustained
blast for two minutes on either whistle or siren.
IN CASE OF AIR RAIDI-Law requires you to extinguish every pos­
sible source of visible light within 60 seconds.
2-Remain indoors without panic. Do not
believe rumors.
3-0bey all orders from civil defense officers.
4-If ou are in an automobile, pull clear of
road or hydrants, remove keys, and seek shelter.
S-Do not congest telephone lines with calls.
Do not use highways. Do not phone defense
officials.
6-Man all defense stations to which you are
appointed.
7-If bombs fall, lie on floor.
8-Keep dry sand available to cover incendiary
bombs.
-jtlll/lary 10. With all ilif/I/x of 500 lI ell'
officers alld lII ell forlllillg tIle to-be-orgallized
14th PI/rsl/it Grollp (fighter), Hallliitoll jield
persO/l/lei ZOO IlIS ol/er th e 4,000 lIIark . A
lIew Dodge sedall is al/ailable at Ralldolph's
local salesroolll (located opposite the jirehol/se)
for S880.
-jtlllllary 21 .. TI,e R ecord is jl/dged the jill est
sl/bllrbal1 lIewspaper ill a statewide colltest, This
is the jirst tillle ill the 14-year Ilistory of the
tlIlIard that it has collie to a lIel/lSpaper ill
Northem Califomia
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AIR RAID INSTRUCTIONS
If you have not done so, register for civil
defense work at the police office in Mill Valley.
• A star), of old C hilla, "A Thollsalld Years
Aso," is selected for tIle 28th MOlllltaill Pia),
Help vVallted Felllale: Rtjllled '''011/(/11 as a hOllsek eeper alld care of tln-ee-),ear old boy. Board alld 1'00111 alld 30 per II 10 11th . • All slot Illachilles, pill ball gallles, pllllch boards,
iroll elm"s, alld other S//ch coill llIachilles
are balllied )i'OIIl the CO llllt)' as a tin-eat to
Marill YOllth
• U.S. difmse savill,lis stallIps alld hOllds ill
dellolllil/(/tiolls fro II I 10 cellts to S 1,000 are
all sale at the Mill Valle), Post Office
• The illlportallu of Mt . TtlIllalpais to the
lIatiollal dtjellse progralll is forecast th is week
1I1hell a Iistmill,\! post jilllctiolls 24 hOllrs dail)\
MOllday throllgh Satllrda)\ ill the jire lookollt's
glass ellclosed aerie. Receptioll all the
1I!OIllltailltop is reported as ideal..
• ['or Sale: 71,'0 IlO1IIes : S3, 150. 0111' 4-roolll , 0111'
5-roolll. Carage, Itl/ge lot, Ileal' Sallsalito _.
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AND THE WAR GOES ON... y 1942 Mill Valley was totally entrenched in the
war. A month after the bombing of Pearl
Harbor, the Red Cross work room opened . By
now Mi ll Valley has had its fourth "blackout. " There
was a $25 fine for a blackout violation . The City invested
in air raid sirens, took over defense activities, a tire
rationing board was formed , and volunteer air raid
wardens were signed up.
general public: "Citizens of Mill Valley are particularly
responsive to wartime requests such as this," the chief
declared. "There were a few complaints Sunday night,
but when the regulations were explained, everyone was
glad to cooperate to the fullest extent. " According to
articles in the Mill Valley Record: "Pull your shades
down , Mary Ann" was the literal warning of dim·out
officials, who stated that "the best way to meet the
Dogs were recruited for sentry duty, trained in guerrilla
warfare, used for messenger work, ambulance and first
aid work - "Dogs For Defense."
requirement of having 'shades below the level of the
lowest light in a room ,' is to have them c lear down ."
Tires were at a premium and had to be rationed. Car
owners could have only five tires and others needed to
be turned over to the war effort. Drivers were encour­
aged to "have worn tires retreaded in time... drive
slower.. . avoid striking curbs, road holes, rocks .. ." and
not to use their car "unless you have to. The saving of
rubber and fuel will contribute greatly to the winning of
the war."
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orld War II raged in Europe
It affected the whole world p
invaded the serene hamlet of Mill
Even as the war years were ingrai l
of our town, they also became a f
Imagine the Mill Valley Forum ho
jacobson of his escape from the I
"Norway's fight against Nazidom
(71/'0,"'; ,-jji-'>llt P,IXC photo
ill thc .\Iill l ;dl1')' R.ccord
rlec/,m's "Pot.' tlllri HillS J{>r
D~/i'llse' : llretlrl), (j( the slIIe/tcr
ill S,III Fr,III""S(,' ,Ire tl,('
IlIIlIdreds "(p,ltS ,lIld I"IIIS
,lIld other di.'«mlcd ,dlllllillllill
pinTs SI'OII'II ,,!>'>,'C, 1,1,I(cd ill
the bill ",(,j(ed J>r 5<'1'1'1',,1 lI'eeks
ill L)'tt"11 S,/II(II"('. "I'l/(' S(~II
I'l"tlr/"iIIlS thc ':1 111111 ill 11111
I;'"~ Dc/i'llsc ' "
.(!?,'!hl: Str"I1'!>,'rry P"illt
,llId thc Rich,lrtlsoll B'l)'
llri {(~ .., (. 19.JOs.
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• "Vilh Ihe adlletll of //Iat; lIIallY
Ihillgs challge ill Mill Valley:
"VtJlllell are IIrged 10 bewllle
.firefighlers the MOlllllaill Play is
catlceled for Ihe firsl lillie ill 30
years 1110 III ell arc beillg recrlliled
as 81/S Dripers ... Clllpelllers are
II'allled for S7.00 per day ...
· 81 gradllale ji-Olll Talll High .. there
is a crackdolllll Oil speeders oller
35111ph . "MV police 10 be hard
OIl dnl/lks ... Mill Valle), //Iill 1/01
be perlllilled 10 becollle a resorl for
dnlllks, eilher Oil Ihe streels or ill allY
olher pllblic place," accordillg 10 Police
Chiif,Jallles McCOII,all .
• Relll COII/roi goes illlo
wecl Oil Jllly 1, 1942 ..
Rationing of cars , gasoline and sugar was instituted.
Requests to drive less and "drive share" were adver­
tised. It was suggested that for the public good, long
distance phone service be limited to allow for the
heavy military use. War stamps were on sale every·
where. Gas masks arrived in Mill Valley. The first Mill
Valley woman joined the WAVES . The Upper regions of
Mt. Tamalpais were closed by the Army.
Dim-Out rul es were mo
A
n official bulleti c
re stringent than
defe
n ,rom Mill V I
ever... IT nse headquarters la d d a ley area civil ellorts of the
u e the
• Mill Valley's );rsl lI'Olllnll laxi
driller is 24-year-old Elelll/Or
Cole Esposli's FIJl/ll1aill
(127 Throrklllorloll) is a
falloril e for breakfasl, IlIlIch IIIld
dillller. . AI Talll High 100
Chrisllllas packages for soldiers
are prepared IIIld illelude: gil III ,
cigarelles IIIld galll es ...
• Fashioll: all ad appears //Iilh II
II'Olllall //Iearillg all erlllille coal
Illilh pal'llchllle sleelles, holsler
pockets, alld carlridge bell plealillg
"for Ihal lIIililary look" .
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,he
De'en" ,,,,",tiO' ",\\ ,e u, ,M''''d
1 on .,g" 1. ,11"'<>'""'"1M "", ,\" ,yO"" no
3 "RlI wtoll' "''' ,e u, 3O-,~/. \n ,,4Z "" 194 .
;. Dl'I1D"D' ,liD ,U,W'" ",Rllll'G' h"" ,,,,ed "e" ,,,1.
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\~"",ned
. t h ."'ne'"'''' "oU" who"n
0D ,00" ln
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expect no pa:/ increases. .
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;. R1GR.,,",D' ,OllD' ,Mold d"""e, 'u' ,00doo,no'" ,hoold ,," MM'·
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For those left behind , life went
weather to talk about with reco l
january storms and high winds
destruction ." There was a state
Charlotte of Luxembourg who c
treasured Muir Woods causing
An article in the Mill Valley Recan
vegetable seeds to be sent to Br
by the Belvedere-Tiburon unit e
of American Red Cross. One de
supplies a famil y of five with ve
The Sequoia Theater advertised FREE movies for kids
if they brought in 1 lb. or more of scrap rubber. The draft
age limit was upped from 28 to 35. Headlines
revealed the fear of possible subversive acts by
japanese Americans and so began the intern­
ment of many japanese American citizens
ess
BabSOn'S 1hU1'l\bnail1 Routlook
er W Babson
totregardlng
1942bUSln
.
"e 'o\lo",n,
gave a concert to benefit serviCE
Also, Captain Andrew Geer, ho
speaks to the Rota ry Club abol
Marinship, (shores of Richardson Bay in
Sausalito) where 10,000 men were employed
to help bui ld cargo vessels for the war effort,
had a monumental effect on the home
construction industry in Mill Valley. The first
ship was launched in September of 1942
with a crowd of 20,000 on hand . It was
the first of 12 ships .
Builder/developer George Goheen ,
announced plans for approximately
100 homes at Alto and south of East
Blithedale, to be sold for about $4,000
with 5% down. He expected 1942 to be
the biggest year in Marin building ever.
..
The town was saddened by thE
Sons .. . 6 12 of our local boys d i
Rotary Club erected a plaque in
to honor our war dead. This loss
on what was the sweet, naive s
Politics were ever present, eve I
The City Council of Mill Valley
acquire parts of Mount Tamalf
for recreational areas . A fortun
vanished after being accused e
delinquency of a minor.
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DOli 't for,!!!'t
to br
WASTE FATS FOR
We are an official fat-11
Help win the war \\1
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lie: "Citizens of Mill Valley are particularly
to wartime requests such as this," the chief
7/Jler, California... rou are there.! orld War II raged in Europe and in the Pacific Theatre,
It affected the whole world profoundly and also
-here were a few complaints Sunday night,
invaded the serene hamlet of Mill Valley,
Ie regulations were explained, everyone was
Even as the war years were ingrained into the everyday life
of our town , they also became a part of our entertainment.
Imagine the Mill Valley Forum hosting a discussion by Ivan
Jacobson of his escape from the Nazis in Norway called
"Norway's fight against Nazidom," John Law:ence, USN,
perate to the fullest extent." According to
he
Mill Valley Record: " Pull you r shades
f Ann" was the literal warning of dim-out
•
There was an ordinance before the Council to limit the
number of poultry and animals on resi dential lots , Three
homes burned in May on King Street, Woodside Lane and
the Tam Valley home of Noel Waite of San Francisco ,
Business marched on , Mill Valley's Tamalpais Mutual Bank
and Loan merged with Northwestern Bank and Loan of
Sausalito, Locust Bakery was purchased by J, A. Bell of Vallejo_
E, L, Egger built some greenhouses for vegetable growing,
10 stated that " the best way to meet the
H"lIor R,)ll ere((ed hy Ihe
.\ fill I idley 1~')I "I)' ClIII>, which
wished "C((()z I1lld ('II(''-y d ill'
lisled II£'/'e". good lllck ,111<1 <I
sl'('edy r('llIrII, "
J.:/I:
n/(· LXIISf Dislri{(, <7S
dCl'i(l ..d ill ,1 ( I <).j(}s I','slc,m/.
~nt of having 'shades below the level of the
ht in a room,' is to have them c lear down,"
~ at a premium and had to be rationed. Car
)uld have on ly five tires and others needed to
over to the war effort, Drivers were encour­
have worn tires retreaded in time .. , drive
~void striking curbs , road holes, rocks .. ," and
e their car "unless you have to, The saving of
ld fuel will contribute greatly to the winning of
oia Theater advertised FREE movies for kids
)ught in lib, or more of scrap rubber, The draft
~ limit was upped from 28 to 35, Headlines
vealed the fear of possible subversive acts by
lpanese Americans an d so began the intern­
nent of many Japanese American citizens,
Marinship, (shores of Richardson Bay in
Sausalito) where 10,000 men were employed
to help build cargo vessels for the war effort,
had a monumental effect on the home
const ruction industry in Mill Valley, The first
ship was launched in September Of1942
with a crowd of 20,000 on hand, It was
the first of 12 ships,
Builder/developer George Goheen,
announced plans for approximately
100 homes at Alto and south of East
Blithedale, to be sold for about $4,000
with 5% down , He expected 1942 to be
the biggest year in Marin building ever,
gave a concert to benefit servicemen 's OAC clubhouses,
Also, Captain Andrew Geer, home from North Africa,
speaks to the Rotary Club about "Desert Fighting,"
For those left beh ind, life went on, There was always
weather to talk about with record rainfall of 43,1 inches,
January storms and high winds that caused "death and
destruction ." There was a state visit by Grand Duchess
Charlotte of Luxembourg who came to view our
treasured Muir Woods causing much excitement.
An article in the Mill Valley Record reported, "A collection of
vegetable seeds to be sent to Britain is being sponsored
by the Belved ere ·Tiburon unit of British War Relief Unit
of American Red Cross, One dollar's worth of seeds
supplies a family of five with vegetables for a year,"
The town was saddened by the loss of many Native
Sons .. , 612 of our local boy s did not come home, The
Rotary Club erected a plaque in Lytton Square on April 16
to honor our war dead, This loss had a devastating impact
on what was the sweet, naive smal l town of Mill Valley,
Politics were ever present, even in years of distress.
The City Council of M ill Valley endorsed a plan to
acquire parts of Mount Tamalpais and Stinso n Beach
for recreational areas . A fortune telling business
vanished after being accused of contributing to the
delinquency of a minor,
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,1Ii1'L'rlises ,III" relllilids .\filll :dlc)' I,' rc(ye/e, _.
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DOII'tforget to bYillg ill },OIlY WASTE FATS FOR EXPLOSIVES We are an official fat-receiving station. Help win the war with waste fats! • Tell /IIore lOllS of Ihl were collected alld
1Il0ped 0111 ... Allolher drille is sel for
2 days laler..
• The Talllaipais Ul1iol1 High School Nigh I
School Progralll is elliitled "Collslllli ers
ill vVartime" .
• Air Raid Wardells to be assiglled districts,
CO llll lylllide raid drills alld illcidelll drills
"A ll IlIlagillary Leiter fro III Abrahalll
are schedllied..
Lincoill" 10 "Ge/leralissimo C hiallg Kai­
chek, Prelllier Josef Sialill, Prillle MIliisler
• Alia Camp is slarted lIIilh facilities Jar
/lVillstol! C hllrchill, Presidellt Frallklill D.
25 trailers ..
Rooselleft" relllindillg thelll of the prelliolls
• Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce is
year's forlllalioll of tile U,liled Natio lls,
disballded, It lIlay be reillstilllied becallse
slatillg "Now Ive are ellgaged hi a greal
of local problellls res II ltillg ji-Olll th e local
world war, leslillg witetiter these Ullited
irif71lx of poplllalioll alld the resllllillg
Natiolls, or ally grollp of lIaiioll5 so
problems . All illcrease of paplliatioll by
collceiped and so dedicaled, call 10llg wdllre
1, 675 people is revealed by applicatiolls for
alld prevail ... Th erifore, IIlith lIlalice IowaI'd
ratioll books ._
IWlle, lVilit clrarity for all, lei liS .. slrive all
• LOl1l1ie, a Shepherd belollgillg 10 Na llcy
10 achieve a jllst alld laslillg peace lVilh
BagshallJ, joills the "Dogs Jor Difmse, "
all lIaliolis .. "
A 1Il01lih laler, three olher childrell also offer
· u. C. lraillillg for shipyard I/Iarel/OI/Sillg
their pets for "Dogs for Difellse"
opells al Talll High ...
.Jllll e 20, l1a,I/1.: a "Red" alanll is ,sollllded
• II is 1I0led Ihal il I/lollid help Ihe labor
as all 1I11idelllified airLraji approaches the
shariage offaYIII workers if loyal Japanese
coasl ... 40 111 ill lites latel; the aircraft is
agriCIIltllre 1V0rkers I/Iere released ji-olll
deter/Ililled to be ji-ielldly .
ill/erlllllelli ca ll1ps .. _
• III all adverlisemcllf , PG&E prolldly proclaims:
· American Legioll Posl #284 spollsors
"Sillcr Pearl Harbor, II10re 111 all tlllO Ihollsalld
a project for 30 school children to
prolld 'good-byes ' I1aue bem said to employees of
grolV vegelables ill Victory GardCIIs all
this CompallY ellter-illg Ihe II1ililary services
Easl Blithedale ...
0111' 2000111 is a VJ!O lIlOIl " .
• M, S, Blallchard of Mill Valley pllblishes
JIfounl Im{}J~{}Ji8
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77lis ),ear the Hi5tory vValk LI'illfOWS 011 the old railroads. 1# will <
Qil'e you 'W idea ~f tli/lat it was like Jar a . .\;1ill T/alley 1'1'5idCllt to ride a tmi11 to the top ~f Mt . Ti1l1Jalpc1is, to ",dllil' Wc)(lds, to dOtl'lItolV17 Alill Valley to slzop alld to Sa/lsalito to l)oard aJe1'1')' to Sail FraII cis(o. lvIilll/alley l/1aS once tlie h01l1e 4 the "Crookedest Railroad ill the vv£Jrld" wit!1 281 (/i/'Ves and
approxilllately 22 trestles (Juer creek beds lI1ea11deril1g up Blithedale Call),(J1I (JI!lIIinatill,Q at the top oj Mr. Mllw/pais.
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Jft1l7fJler residenl georfr
r-;t, a seven-year-old , my mother would give me
'- r{ cans of bacon grease to take to Gosser's Meat
Market as part of the war effort to recycle waste fats
fo r explos ives. We would get 20 cents per can .
"When using the telephone locally, the operator would
say, 'Number please.' To call home I would say, "352R.'
The Perrys next door were " 555J.'
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recollecls. · ·
"We had blackout shades for the windows. If the sirens
wen t off, it was lights out and blackout shades down .
"Sometimes when I was out in the garden at ,64
Tamalpais Avenue, I would see squadrons of planes
darkening the sky for'5 or 20 minutes flying west in
formation. I supposed tha t they were going to fight the
japanese . My buddies and I dug foxholes up on the hill
as a precaution in case we were invaded ."
PEACE
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... l
ithin hours of President Truman's annou
"
that WWI I had ended with the japanese su
on August '4, ' 945, the air raid siren on the roc
Sequoia Theater wailed in celebration. In front (
Hal l, the old firebell resounded with enthusiasti
repeated clangs . jubilant Mill Valleyans rushed i
streets , laughing, crying, tossing confetti, and Vv
at the cars racing around Lytton Square with ho
.J I'orli"" ,~r"
I'rillled 1''',I(,nd Ihm dcd,ncs :
"EIII,.rillg Ihe he,liIl!!ili Cil)'
.". .\Jilll ;ll1e)' '1I,11<'r(' 1',,1,. ,111d
lI'eed ,11111 r"ilnl,lll sre,.d' Ic,/('e
Ih,.ir i"'l'(e55ioll. "
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• Safelllay ad'lerlises 10 lb. sack oj Flollr 01 49
W IIS; 8 oz. pkg oj C hocolale 01 16 cet/IS;
10 lb. sack oj POl aloes 01 40 cell Is; 1 lb. oj
Coffee 01 20 cel11s Tire lISe Jee Jar Irikers Oil
lv11 Talll 01 Bootjack is 5 cenls Tolal assessed
vallie oj properly ill lire COI/Jlly is S528,424,000
.1'vlarill Really adllerlises a Irollle willr 3
bedroollls, all acre oj lellel grollllds, alld 2-cor
gara}le Jor S 13,700; a sllIcco I/ollsf 011 Miller
Allel/lle ",illr 2 bedroollls, close 10 Iriglr sclrool
OJ ld blls Jar S6, 000 Posla,ee 011 firsl class IIlOil
is mised 10 3 cellls/oz. alld air",ail 10 8 <I/oz. .
as re/,orlerl
blj the Jf(ill (Vallelj
• MayO/; Ralplr H. T iel/lall alld IIIelllbers oj lire cily
COli liCit lay ,~rO//lldllJOrk for posl-war coIIslwelioll ill
Marill, illellldill}l lire slrai}llrlellillg lij- Miller AIle, ..
• Mill Villley will J!,el illcreased I/laler sllpply /0 a
10 " lille ,~oillg 10 Lyffoll Sqllare becollse oj rapid
,~rowllr
Lt . COllllllallder Wilsoll Goddard (oj
335 MOille Visla) is ciled by Adllliral Halsell for
proJessiOl101 skill ill aclioll ... Tlrere is olle lIIale
associale lIIelllber ill lire Ollldoor Al'l C /llb .. .
Mill Valley is Iile firsl cil)' ill Marill 10 reaclr ils
JOllrllr "Var BOlld qllola raisillg: S324,658 .. Geol;~e Golrem is clrosell 10 lead lire BIIsilless Grollp ill M , I';.. Tire USS Talllaipais is laJllleired 01 Marillslrip Yard ill Marill Cily ... • A Ralioll Calelldar Illas pllhlislred eller)' Illeek i ll
lire paper slalillg ",hiclr ralioll book lJIas CIIITel/lly
lIalid Jar specific goods: GreeJl slalllps D, E, alld
• Ti,e }lo-allead is gi/lell 10 bllild 1II0re ilo/lles 011
F for F"ils OIld lIegelables are valid Ilrroll.~Ir Jail .
lire lracl oj lIIarsllialld bOJlllded by Sycalllore alld
20. Bralllll slalllps for meal, clreese alld bllller are
Miller Allelllle Oil olle side, alld II,e old Irigilway
Ilalid IhrOIl,~Ir Jail. 24 .. BlllleliIls I/J:~e Mill
(Calllillo Allo) 1I0rlir oj Ta/ll Higlr 011 II,e ollrer.
Valley resideuls 10 parlicipale ill lire Illar ifforl:
Dirl fill 3' Ir(~Ir /ViII be lIeeded 10 raise lire level
"A Scrap Dri"e is set Jar SlIlIday 01 lir e O"'paa
of Iile 1001d. Tlrere will be 150 bllildillg loIs ill
eillb. All IrOl/leOll/llers are eJlcollraged 10 brill,e
all, Tire 10101 price of Ilris pllrchase is S12,500
IIlalerials IIIlIil "iclory is 11'011 " " III ils Jo II rllr
A dOllce series for leClla}lers will slarl 01 Old
BOIld DriIle, lire Seqlloia Tlrealre II'ill give Fee
Mill SellOol alldilOrill/ll .
adlllissioll 10 lire cllrrelll IIIol/ie 10 all BOlld
bllyers,"... "BIlY Hlar BOllds! Tire Goal: ViClolT
• E. E. Wood, prillcipal oj Ta/ll Higlr FO II I 1919 10
Tire place: Ellrope. Tire lillie: This yeOJ: Ti,e
1944, Ivill reI ire, His sllccessor will be Willard
respollsibilily: YOllrs." .. "Do YOllr parI 10 sillk
Vall Dyke... H . I""aller jO llllSOIl is eiecled lIIayor
lire Axis! Gel II,ose exIra Hlar BOllds 01 all old­
of Mill Va lley ... Lt. ROOlle Sias of 76 Eldridge
faslriolled SIIIoker OJld Slag Parly (Mell 0111)') 01
Allelllte, escapes Jrolll a Gerllla ll prisoll ca lllp
lire Mill Valley Alllericall uSioll Hall Oil
ajier IrOllillg been silol dowII ill a P-38 figlrler Oller
LoCl/sI".. . "Keep 0111' fliers sllprel/le ill lire sk)' .. .
Ilaly ..
Be a HIAC ill lire Arllly Air Force" .. The Mill
• Traffic s(~lIals are sel lip 01 lire Allo I""ye ...
Valley AlI/i-Fascisl Sociely asks Jo r colllriblllioIlS.. .
!'Jtecort! ..
• Tire lIeed Jar preservillg Jood 01 IJOllle is IIrgelll.
Larger qllolas oj ca ll lied fr"ils alld lle.~elabl es
1111 lSI be scI aside Jor 0111' arllled Jorces. II is lire
respollsibilily of ellery Iro/lle/llaker 10 aSSllre Irer
Jalllily's sllpply. Free COIlIlillg Clill ic is offered 01 Park Scilool. .. • DOllglas Nye bill'S SI;'ISOII Rallelr , 1,600 acres,
frOIll Iile SlillSOlI fa III il)' Jar S41,000 , Tire
SlillSOIl Jalllily acqllired lire properl)' as a parI of
all origiIlOl Spallislr gralll kllOIlJ/l as lire RallcllO
Las Balllillas iII 1860. Nye expecls 10 delle/op
lire properly all all exlmsille scale, Tire lalld
eXlwds frO/ll lire Bolillos Lagooll 10 lire lop of
MI , Talll borderillg Iil e Ridge Cresl loll road
• All liq llor sellers, excepl olle ill Mill Valley, are
10 close illlmedialel), wlrell official 0I11l01lllcelllelll
oj V-Day is III ode, Tire decisioll was lIIade ill lire
illleresls ojgelleral I/lelfare alld lire pllblic good
alld 0111 oj respecl 10 lire sobel'Jless of lire
occasioll ...
• Approval is giveJl 10 Ill idell Miller AlIelllle illlo a
JOllr-lalle bOlllevard wllered by lire railroad rigill
oj way ... Tlrree Mill Valley residcIIIs are arresled
OIld filled S20 eaclr Jor Jailillg 10 rellll'lI books i ll
a lim ely III01l11CJ' 10 Ille library. jlldge Hei /ll ore
said Iilis sorl oj lIe}l/(~eJlce III11s1 slap ..
• A 4-eIIgiJ,e NOll)' palrol Bomber crasiles 011
MI, Talll killill,~ all eiglrl creWllleJl, Fille sclrool
boys are lire firsl 10 discollel' lire wreckage wlrell
lire), Irike .I!,p Iile /IIO ll lllaill ,
a-blaring, The spontaneous celebration in the st ~
Mill Valley heralded not only the victory of the alii.
fo rces, but Mill Valley's own sustained and loyal l
contributions to the war effort as well. Weekly, th
Valley Record had been filled with news of area
women in the armed services and of the contribil
provided by the local chapters of the American Ll
Auxiliary, Red Cross, women's groups, the Boy S(
l
Girl Scouts, the War Bond Drive, blood and cloth
drives. Also regularly reported were the activities I
Mil l Valley Valley Servicemen's Club at '7' Throc\
morton that annually served up over 20,000 cu~
coffee, pie, and sandwiches to young people in ~
With peace at hand, Mill Valley knew for certain t
of those young people were coming home.
1
While the progress of the war was of preeminent cot
'945, Mill Valley was planning ahead for an eventual f
population of '3,000: a $485,000 bond had been af
for a new sewer system; a new school bond was
$225,000; and the widening of Miller Avenue was (
Downtown, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Compa
Throckmorton Avenue advertised for additional tel
operators to "Keep the Lines of Communication Ope
the Chamber of Commerce called for an urdinal
help control the large dog population .
Arriving in Mil l Valley in October '945 was tall, d,
haired Howard Winn . Recently mustered out of t
Army, Howard Winn returned with a wife and bat
daughter to the hills of Mill Valley he once explor,
a Boy Scout from Alameda , Howard recalled, "I !:
a small, three-bedroom house on Edgewood Ave
I paid just what the seller paid for it-$,6,000,0(
in recollects . ..
es for the windows. If th e sirens
,ut and bl ackout shades down.
.s out in the garden at 164
)uld see squadrons of planes
5 or 20 minutes fl yi ng west in
th at they were going to fi ght the
and I dug foxholes up on the hill
! we were inv aded ."
PEACE
..
Ihe war
7;((
(;.hin hours of President Truman's announcement
! j lthat WWII had ended with the Japanese surrender
on August 14, 1945, the air raid siren on the roof of the
Sequoia Theater wa iled in celebration . In front of City
Hall , the old flrebell resounded with enthusiastic and ,
repeated clangs . Jubilant Mill Valleyans rushed into the '
streets, laughing, crying, tossing confetti, and waving
at the cars racing around Lytton Square with horns
•
IS
over.!
It was one of the houses built for the workers at
Marinship, the ship-building company in Sausalito, who
were leaving because Marinship was shutting down .
I rode the Greyhound Bus into San Francisco every day
to work, and I walked from the bus stop up and down
the hill to my house because I didn't have a car." Fifty-six
years later, Howard Winn- still dark-haired--continues
to live in the hills of Mill Valley with his wife, Stella.
W e can't write a policy to insu
PEBMANENT PEACE
but w e insure almost anything
At,,/",,:
'Jilk<'l1 FOIII all
adl'l'I'tisc1I1cIlf ill thc .\filll ililey
Record 011 .'lIlSII.'I 16 . 19-15.
.\ 11I 11er's CClla,li JlIsllr,l11(C
.'lgcllf)' (lomtcd ill Ihe Scqlloia
Tlll'<11rC bllildillXj cdcl1r<lIcS
"[1C"''',lIl1'lIt PCdec. "
l~/I:
.\!iller .4 I 'l'l 11 I c./I""ds
"lia .;/'/'ell illrl,cs or r,lill JIIIs
Ol 'cr ,1 three-d,,), period '"
the elld 4 19-15, "rill,~illg Ih e
mill total/,)r t/Jc 5('115011 to
,,11I10si dOIlI>//' lI'h ,lI il II'<1S
the prepiolls ),c,,,..
(/)
,/lecori, ,
preserllillg Jood at halli e is II rsetl t.
; of ca/II/ed Jrllits alld Ilesetables
Iside Jar oll r arlll ed Jo rces. It is th e
vJ eIler)' hOlll elllaker to aSSllre I, er
,I),. Free C arll/illg C lillic is offer-ed
101
e bll)'s Stillsoll R aile/" '1 ,600 acres,
ISO II Jalllil), Jor S4 J,000. Th e
1)' acqllired the propert)' as a part of
Ipallish grallt kllOIl'" as the RarK.ho
s ill 1860. N )'e expects to develop
all all extellsive scale. Th e lalld
, the Bolillas Lagooll (0 the top of
derillg th e Ri~ee C rest (all road
lias, except OIl e ill Mill Valle)" are
ediatel), I/lh m official allllOllllcelll ell t
lIIade. The decisioll was lIIade ill the
e/leml I/leifare alld the pllblie good
~specr (0 the sobem ess of (l,e
eillell to I/lidw M iller A 'JeIlIlC illto a
riellard eelltered b)' tIl e railroad right
'ee Mill Valle), residw ts are arrested
o each Jor jailillg to retllm books ill
II/er to the library. jl/dse H ellllore
, of lIegligellce IIII/st stop
IValJ)' patrol BOlllber crashes 0 1/
illg all eight CrelIJIII ClI . Fille school
j;rst to discollcr th e IIJreckage ,,,hell
the "lOlIlItaill .
a-blaring. The spontaneous celebration in the streets of
Mill Valley heralded not only the victory of the allied
forces , but Mill Valley's own sustained and loyal
contributions to the war effort as well . Weekly, the Mill
Valley Record had been filled with news of area men and
women in the armed services and of the contributions
provided by the local chapters of the American Legion
Auxiliary, Red Cross, women's groups, the Boy Scouts,
Girl Scouts , the War Bond Drive, blood and clothing
drives. Also regularly reported were the activities at the
Mill Valley Valley Servicemen's Club at 171 Throck­
morton that annually served up over 20,000 cups of
coffee, pie, and sandwiches to young people in uniform .
With peace at hand, Mill Valley knew for certain that 400
of those young people were coming home.
While the progress of the war was of preeminent concern in
1945, Mill Valley was planning ahead for an eventual post-war
population of 13,000: a $485,000 bond had been approved
for a new sewer system ; a new school bond was set at
$225,000; and the widening of Miller Avenue was debated.
Downtown, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company at 54
Throckmorton Avenue advertised for additional telephone
operators to "Keep the Lines of Communication Open," and
the Chamber of Commerce called for an ordinance to
help control the large dog population.
Arriving in Mill Valley in October 1945 was tall , dark­
haired Howard Winn . Recently mustered out of the
Army, Howard Winn returned with a wife and baby
daughter to the hills of Mill Valley he once explored as
a Boy Scout from Alameda. Howard recalled, "I bought
a small, three-bedroom house on Edgewood Avenue.
I paid just what the seller paid for it-$16,000.00.
J)acl; J/t
l7l
Stephanie Wick
e or/e s "
ham Witt' f;
I mOved b
Sather G
ack t
' eorge W
spent thre e
0 Mill Valle
Ickham re
Attu AI k years In the N Y arOUnd Novemb
' members
, as a a nd
avy W h
er f
bomber squ d at Whidb ey I I It stints of SIX 0 1945. I had
Wickham Dr::on . The folks S:,I;nd 'n Washlngt~onths each In
rented from h , Your Mom W Were here on M I as part ofa
Behind us W er grandparent as 8-1/2 months
e rose, now
Hall Was eithas :reeman Park s; the Welsslchs o~r~gnant and We
dump at the er elng bUilt or ' remember the A yan Avenue where Mlddl end of SYcamore remOdeled A b, mencan Legion etc. are
e School, MV C and off tOWard g;Ssue Wa s the ommunlty C
s am High
enter and th
' now
"\'I
OUr grandfath
.
e RedWoods, Ma rt and
er, Jim Phel
fou
one up wh
ps, Was pa ntaln. Just a fi
ere Mann F/
rt OWner of th and more cars Sew trains Were r Oonng IS . Th ere W e LOcust roo
c- d asphalt. "G . Ycamore,et
Unnlng, nOW
as a Soda at the top o~~een Gulch" wa~' as blacktoppedm:,nly buses. Mor ThiS hi/I Was I yan and E Birth delng bUilt baCk t'h ut not With
e
d fi
eveled
e ale th
en A
Irt rOm the hi/I W as part ofthe b' ere Was "Moto ctually, right "After th
as Used as fill fi ulld'ng Out of R rCYcie HIli " frOm S e War I Went ba k
Or the area.
yan Ave. The an Qu '
c to s h
stageco
entln. Your
cool at Cal
\'I
ach to San
great-grandf;
and comm OUr mOm Was h Quentin. In tho ather Used to d . uted via ferry ome takin
Se days W h
nVe the g care ofy ,,' e ad only
ou.
One car.
t
Life Gets Back to Normal n january or, 946 , the Mill Valley Record
announces that Frank Dittle is com ing home to
Mill Valley from "the war to end al l wars. " Frank,
still a resident in the home where he grew up on
Walnut Avenue, served in the Aleutian Islands for
"four years, six months and eleven days ." His wife,
Frances , counted the days, weeks , months and
years while she waited for him . Some men , like
Mrs . Ray Schultz announces her candidacy for the
Mill Valley City Council. He r first name is never
mentioned in the Mill Valley Record article, and she
is referred to only as "Mrs. Ray Schultz." Vera
Schultz became a political power in Marin County,
and is acknowledged for being the major force
behind the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Marin Civic
Center. A letter to the editor later appears correcting
Frank, are fortunate to come home to the job they left
behind, but they come home to a dramatically
changed landscape. Having hunted for quai l and deer
in Homestead Valley before his family moved into the
house his father built on Walnut Avenue in 1923, the
increased population prevents Frank from returning
to hunting in Homestead Valley after World War II.
a statement that Mrs . Schultz was the first woman
to run for a Mill Valley City Council seat. Natalie
Holly ran for the council in 1932.
1:
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~vvm
I
n 1947, Mill Valley found itself in midst of a pI
boom. The rapid expansion of population dur
,-,' and after the war, however, had also caused the
community some growing pains. Mill Valley suffere
under a severe hOUSing crunch caused in part by lir
wartime price controls that placed a cei ling on the!
price of new homes . After price controls were lifted
housing starts accelerated with several large develo
ments underway in Tam Valley and Strawberry Poin
1
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A hOf"(': -Ii, IIOIIM Ihe -10
_<llIdl'l/Is, Il'h" died ill I! (,rid
I! ;Ir II , <1 1I(('IIIOri,ll (Iork is
illSI,lill'd ill II'h,/1 h,/., ['['(01111'
klioll'lI <1S Ihl' Clo(k J" /l'cr ,/1
7i1/I1,1/,,'lis H!~h Sd/(",/.
,r'j(''lh I: L",killX d"ll'lI "II
11((',-1/10,lr(',1ji-olll C<IIlIillO . 1l1o
Il'illl {r,liler (,' /l rl ill jll/ I'groll/III.
PIIOI,' c. 19-16 .
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o
a
r/allCl""
PC&E adIJerlises ill Ihe Mill Valley
Record, "HOI/! Plellt!fili POllifr Bllilds
Markels ill Ihe 1#51"••• Sf!!elllay
adIJerlises 2 Ibs. of asparaglls for
25 wlls . A 5-1'00111, colllplelely
filrllished, //Iodem hO//le is adIJerlised
for S9, 750. For S3,750, YOIl (all blly
a 3-roo//l COllage lIlilh a lIice vielll
Ad: Experl child care SI per day
ilidlldillg olle //leal. III Dece//lbeli
all air//lail leller cosls 5 cellts.
Fees al Mill Valley Calf COllrse
illcrease 10 75 Cell Is daily, 35 eellls
after 4:001'.111., alld $4 //I aIIIh1y,
S5 for Il'eekmd
0111 jllly, sligar raliol/il/g is slill ill
1/ecl-1/0 lIIore li/all 10 pOllllds
per il/dividllal for hO//le carlllil/<~
III NOIw//Ibeli Ihe sleel shorlage is
slill aCl/le
AllglIst 1: Firsl polio (i/ij'lIltile
paralysis) case of Ille year reported ill
Mill Valley (Hollleslead) AI/gllst
28: Secolld Mill !!alley polio case reported al Calllp Taylor iHaxl/leli jOllllSIOIl ofjOllllSloll
Ellterprises ill lHiII Valley is IIsill<~
5111'p illS illcel/diary bOlllb casillgs to
//lake .fire extillgllisllers. "Beatill<~
swords it/lo plolllshares" is how M/:
jOllllStoll sees his illllOvalioll
The tract housing built in Mill Valley by George
Goheen , east of the Tamalpais Park neighborhood,
accommodates some of the burgeoning population,
many of whom are employed at the shipyards in
Marinship . When the liberty ships were no longer
needed, 1,000-1,500 new jobs were approved to
support the supply efforts needed for the
permanent military bases in the Pacific.
Veterans return home to resume businesses and to
begin new ones . Wanted to rent advertising for
apartments and homes open with, "veteran seeking
home ." Veterans were given preference whenever
possible. Many delayed weddings are announced
as men come from the Pacific and Europe and the
postwar baby boom begins.
Some of our residents are not so fortunate. David
Ryan, a member of a Mi ll Valley family, is declared
"presumed dead" in january of1946 . Ryan Avenue
in the EI Cerrito tract of town is later named after
him . David's mother heard from him after he
survived the japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and
knew he had gone on from there to the area near
java, but that was the last she heard from him.
An Eisenhower jacket, the article of clothing
popularized by General Dwight D. Eisenhower
during World War II, is available at Albert's
Department Store for $6.95 to $12.95 . Albert's was
one of a "chain " of department stores in Marin.
Mill Valley's store was located at Miller and
Throckmorton, where Bonavenito is now located .
The Marvel Mar, a restaurant located on Hwy, 101
near the Richardson Bay Bridge, offers a Merchant's
Lunch for 85 cents , The Marvel Mar would later
undergo a name change and be purchased by the City
of Mi ll Valley for $1.00 in 1960, It would become the
city's community center until it was razed in 2000.
On September 5, 38 runners sign up for Dipsea
race , Mi ll Valley Athletic Club member C. Richesin
wins in 60 minutes and 22 seconds.
Archer Forsyth and Emile Pohli offer a report to the
Association of the Chamber of Commerce to remove
the toll from the Golden Gate Bridge. November 1:
tolls on Golden Gate Bridge are reduced-50 cents
per passenger car; 5 cents per additional person; $8
for 40 trips. In December, Assemblyman Richard
McCollister, representative of Marin/Sonoma,
introduces a plan to have the Golden Gate Bridge
purchased by the State of California.
Southern Pacific railway round trip from SF to LA
costs $11 .90; 1 wa? is $6,00. There are three trains
daily.
/9~ 7 Jr-rhli7hls from !II() j/!t­
ojal/llary: Seqlloia Theatre starts Satllrday 1I10millg
ShOll'S for kids alld featllres Dislle)'~ "Pi/lOcchio, "
Filllls for the adllit eroll'd illelllde "The Big Sleep"
alld "Bril/gillg Up Baby" Marill Mllllicipal
Water District records a lIIomill,e telllperalllre
of 29"-lowest all record . Mill Valley plallllillg
SI'OIIP IlIld city cOllllcil sllpport a colllltY-II,ide
J!arba,~e disposal serllice as 1111 altemalive 10
extellsioll of permits alloll';lIg MV garbage to be
dlllllped al existillg locatioll (Ba}1rollt Park)
Febl'llary: Ihe city collllcil flot es to illstitllte a
112% retail sales lax . Iivo illclus of raill flood
several dOllllltOIl'" bllsill fsses all Lyltoll Sqllare,
illcilldillg tire <ifjices of tire Mill J!alley Record
Mill Valley Tell II is Cillb melllbership gilles OK
to bllild pool RlIssell & Cooch mortllary
cOllslrunioll begills at 276 Miller,
o
o
Marclr : Allgel Islalld dedared sllrplllS gOlJel'llmCllt
properly-selleral proposals for fi'tllre lise arise:
a stale park; IlIld leve/illg the isla lid to creale 1111
airport lI'itlr two 7,000' rllIIlI'ays New sllper
"olle-stop" sl/Oppillg ceuter opells at E. Blithedale
IlIld Sycalllore-illdlldes a grocery, blltd,el;
plrarmacy, pllllllbillg & applillllce store, IlIld car
dealership Olltdoor Art Cillb IIrges reslorafioll
of old sawmill ill Old Mill Park. City blldgels
1,000 for lire Ivork . . Cordoll Strawbridge mOlles
camera alld statioller)' store to Keystolle Bllildillg
FOIII Miller A,lelllie
o
April: PUC approves a lIew ,~rade erossill.~ acl'OSs railroad tracks alld extfllsioll of SIIIIII)'side Allelllie. This road is to collllect SlIllIIyside to Miller IlIld relieve traffic collgestioll ill Lyttoll Sqllare--it is to be offset 10 preserve redwood ) Normal dtz announces her candidacy for the
, Council. Her first name is never
the
Mill Valley Record article, and she
mly as "Mrs . Ray Schultz." Vera
1e a political power in Marin County,
'Iedged for being the major force
Ink Lloyd Wright designed Mari n Civic
r to the editor later appears correcti ng
~81-war ::l)oom and9rowulli1
9a
n 1947, Mill Valiey found itself in midst of a post·war
boom . The rapid expansion of population during
and after the war, however, had also caused the
commun ity some growing pains. Mill Valiey suffered
under a severe housing crunch caused in part by lingering
wartime price controls that placed a ceiling on the sale
price of new homes. After price controls were lifted,
housing starts accelerated with several large develop,
ments underway in Tam Valiey and Strawberry Point.
lfJ
In September, the baby boom reverberated in Mill Valley
schools as record numbers of youngsters were enrolled.
In 1947, Mill Valley residents also thought globally and
shopped locally. Clothing drives collected tons of goods
for the needy in war·torn Europe, while M ill Valley's local
business community met increased consumer demand by
opening several new shopping centers on East Blithedale
and Miller Avenues.
,(71hol"': ()II S('I'I('m/>I'r 7,
7-I (/IIIIIlTS 1'"rlicil'.lIC ill th,.
171h ,'IIIIII,d {)il'sc" n,,(C,
tir,t ''",,' I '.13 '.I '1111' r",,' I,
11'<'11 hy ,I 15' Y("l/'old S,llI
1'f<I11(i.'«l hoy,. 111,,11 H,!/Ii.-o,
ill 5lJ /flil/lifeS, :2 7 S{,fOllds .
1)lwt" (. 1'.1 -1 0.,.
1:/1:
.\ /(' m/)('r;; 4,he
.\ fill I ;dlc), [>olice /)cl",rtml'llt.
Lett to r(~ht-Lce Scllers,
Chicf ,\ hC"I/',III, Ch"r/c;;
.\ hC"IlI'llIl,), ,lI"ljoe e""CI,
!,h(l/o c, J '.1-17.
l at Mrs. Schultz was the first woman
ill Valley City Counci l seat. Natalie
he counci l in 1932.
'r jacket, the article of clothing
y General Dwight D. Eisenhower
War II, is available at Albert's
tore for $6 .95 to $12.95· Albert's was
n" of department stores in Marin .
:ore was located at Miller and
I, where Bonavenito is now located.
H, a restaurant located on Hwy. 101
rdson Bay Bridge, offers a Merchant's
~nts. The Marvel Mar would later
1e change and be purchased by the City
)r $1.00 in 1960. It would become the
lity center until it was razed in 2000.
r 5, 38 runners sign up for Dipsea
~y Athletic Club member C. Richesin
nutes and 22 seconds.
I and Emile Pohli offer a report to the
. the Chamber of Commerce to remove
ne Golden Gate Bridge. November 1:
n Gate Bridge are reduced-so cents
car; 5 cents per additional person ; $8
December, Assemblyman Richard
presentative of Marin/Sonoma,
Ian to have the Golden Gate Bridge
the State of California.
nc railway round trip from SF to LA
way is $6.00. There are three trains
jalwar)': Seqlloia Theatre starts Satllrday 1II0rl/illg
sho/lls jar kids alld jeatllres Dislley's "Pillocchio."
Filllls jar the adllit crowd illelllde "The Big Sleep"
alld "Brillgillg Up Baby" Marill Mllllicipal
vVilter District records a 1II0l'llillg telllperatllre
of 29"-lowest all record... J\![jll Villley plall/lillg
grollp alld (ity (ollllcil sllpport a cOllllty,wide
garbage disposal service as all altel'llatilJe to
extwsioll oj perlllits allowillg MV garbage to be
dlllllped at existillg locatioll (Ba),frollt Park)
• Febmarl': tile cit)' cOllllcil /lotes to illsti/llte a
J12% relail sales tax Til/a illches of raill j lood
several dOlll/ltOWII bllsillesses all Lyttoll Sqllare,
i,1CIlldillg the offices of the Mill Villley Record
Mill Valley Te,l/lis Clllb membership gives OK
to bllild pool Rllssell & Coach mortllar),
collstmctioll begills at 276 Miller.
March : Allgel Islalld declared sllrpills gOl/enlllle/lt
property- several proposals for f"fllre lise arise:
a stale park; alld levelillg the islalld to create all
airport IIJith two 7,000' mllways . New sllper
"aile-stop" shoppillg cellter opws at E. Blithedale
alld Sycamore-illellldes a grocer)" blltche,;
phanllaCj\ pllllllbillg & appliallce store, ami car
dealership.. Olltdoor Art Cillb Ill;~es restoratioll
of old salvmill ill Old Mill Park. C it)' blldgets
SI ,000 jar the work Cordoll Strawbridge moves
camera aI,d statiollery store to Keystolle Bllildillg
from Miller Ave,l/le
• April: PUC approves a lIew grade crossillg across
railroad tracks alld extwsioll of SWl/lyside
Avelllle. This road is to COllllect SII,l/lyside to
!\lIiller alld relieve traffic cOllgestioll ill Lyttoll
Sqllare- it is to be o.D'set to preserve redllJood
grove.. Miller Avelllle SllOppillg Cwter opws
betwew MOlltjord & Reed (1I0W Whole Foods)
Villldais opw floodgates oj Cascade Dam , slowly
releasillg J.5 millioll galla liS oj l/later stored jar
fireJIghtillg pllrposes .
• Mal': Sewage pllmpillg plalu IIl1der collstmctioll at
tile CHd oj Sycalllore A'JClllle. Edlla Magllire
School is IIl1der COllslnlctioll at Alto, , , The
NIolllltaill Play is to be "Alice ill vVollderlalld"
"Nellifallgled sillks" (i .e. with garbage disposals)
are illegal accordillg to Robert Ballmberge,; city
lIIallager, sillce local ordillallces prohibit jood waste
frOIll enterillg sewers 10 year all/li/Jersary of
opwillg oj ColdCll Cate Bridge, As of May, 1947,
some 50 lIIillioll alitOS have crossed the Spall .
•jlllle: Richardsoll Bay hemJily pollllted, accordillg
to COllllty health departmellt City plml11illg
commissioll oka),s rezollil1g of propert)' at ~Val'l11t
& E. Blithedale to bllsilless to allow cOllStructioll
of lIew dial telepholle switchillg faci/it), 2 J J
sCHiors gradllate Tam High m,d 80 matriCHlate
ji-om Tam Park Elemwtary School..
' jll/)' 4: Mll ir Woods "ovenllll" by 9,000 visitors
later ill jlll),,follr 'y/)'illg discs" or UFOs sighted
jl)'illg over Hw)'. 101 Ileal' Tam jllllCtioll...
• AlIgIISt: By a 4 to 1 majorit)\ Mill Valley voters
vote ill illcrease school tax rate.
• September: l\I[ill Valley schools opm wi,h J, 100
stlldellts- record mrollmwt A childrell S book
room is added to the cit)' libraI')' Marill
MIIlIicipal Water District asks CHstomers to
cOllsenJe water dlle to Scallt railifall Blldget Jar
Mill Valle), Fire Departmellt is most expPHsiv(' of all cit)' departmellts: 36,000. There are 8 fire ­
fighters, chieJ alld assistallt chief. Firemell:' pal' is
235 a mOllth Mill Villley /loters approve b)' a 3: 1 mmgill a J. 75 millioll bOlld isslle to bllild a lIew hospital ill CreCllbrae. The bOlld jails by 387 /loles ill the rest of tile COllllt)' • October: 1,000 tlllip bllibs recrilJed for plalltillg all
city propert)'-a gift frOIll Hollmld ill thallks jar
3,000 po/l11ds oj clotllillg dO,lated b)' residCllts
Oil October 10, Mill Villley joills tile rest of the
Ba), Area ill pallsillg jar a momCllt oj silellce at
lI00ll as a ship retllnlillg the bodies of ser/licemCH
killed olJerseas CIIters Sail F'rallcisw Bay
0" October 24 all ordillallce is illtrodllced b)'
tile tOWll attome), to cllallc~e the legal lImlle of tile
to 11m 10 City oj Mill Villley
NO/lember: A 20,000 retail alld office additioll to tile EI Paseo commercial delJelopmeul is mlllOlIllced ImprovemeHts begill at FreemeH Park ill the R)'all-Nelsoll sectioll, FIIlIded by beqllesl to the city by Mrs. Ella Freemall for reaeatioll pllrposes Crocer), store clerks stage a 11"'ee-week strike demalldillg a 40-110111' l/leek Tam High beals ri/lal Sall RaJilCl 32-7 ill the "Big Callie" alId willS the North Bay Jootball ella,lIpiollship. The Post OjJice allllOllllces cit)' 'llail deliver)' to Alto, Almonte, Homestead, Tam Villle)' alld Marill Heights lIeighborilOods,jormerl), RFD rolltes . Croll11dbreakillg jor the /.3 millioll dial telepholle switchillg bllildillg at the comer of E. Blithedale alld Hltllllllt • December: Parkillg all sOllth side of E. Blithedale is
prohibited Mill Villley receives a late Christmas
presellt whell PC&E redllces gas rates .
Polio, Growth & Change
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pon talking with local resi dent Ca rol Wilson, she
reca ll s 1948 as the yea r of po lio. "Polio was a rea l
concern, " she says. "Two of my classmates we re
stricken leaving th e rest in fear of ca tching it." There were
over 37 cases reported in Marin , t he highest ever recorded
with two adult deaths. As a check against the epidemic,
MV school district hi red an extra custodia n to mai ntain
sanitary facilities at the over crowded schoo ls. (Some
classes have 48 students) Families affected by polio were
to confes s, saving the county hundreds in court costs . Meat
was sti ll rationed as were eggs. The annual city Easter egg
hunt was canceled due to the high prices . However the city
hosted two Halloween parties for all ghosts and goblins at
Park and Old Mi ll Schools. A new children's wing at the
library opened with over 110 books checked out on the ~rst
day. Two hundred parking meters were approved for
installation whi ch would net the city $350 a month.
put under two weeks quarantine while the wage earner is
perm itted to live away from home. The Hea lth Depart­
ment officials advise not to mix freely with people suffer­
ing from colds. Local students band together to raise
money and awareness through wheelchair dri ves with the
Red Cross.
Surprisingly things were not more idyllic in ' 948. There
were still hold-ups for narcotics , dogs poisoned by
neighbors and kid s getting into t ro uble with the law. On
the positive side, neighbors who did not like constructio n
noise pitched in after work to get the job done faster by
actua lly helping to bui ld homes and porches . Tam High
created a new class just for teens to help them deal with
adolescence, dating an d marriage. Teachers received a
salary increase. Sixty-three affordable homes were bu ilt in
Strawberry. With the opening of the new phone buildi ng,
the city prepared for dial phones. And finally a plaque
honoring all those who served in WWI I was replaced with
a more permanent one honoring those who lost their lives.
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the night of January 26th t he
U
dropped to
26 degrees .
I n February, funera l services were hE
Francisco for Al fo ns H. Coney, origir
Valley to Stinson Beach Dipsea RaCE
old . In ' 949 t raffic in Mari n County
issue as it is today. O n Ma rch 29th
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• Presidellt: Harry TYll llla ll. ..
hwerrtiolls: Scrabble, Polaroid
CallI era, Holograplts, Tlte
Stlldehaker... Allerage hlCOllle:
2,936.. . Neill Car: $1,230 .. .
Nel/! HOllse: S7, 700. .. LOIlJ oj
Bread: . 14( .. . Galloll oj Gas :
. 16r ... Galloll oj Milk: .87[. ..
Best Pictllre: Hallliet
• III tlte Natiollal News:
Racilll Se,~regatioll ellds i, l
lII ilit ary ... Th /llla ll approves
Marsltall Plall ... State oj Israel
cOllies illto existCllce..
• Notelliortity ill Mill Valley:
10,000 Residellts_._ 21,000
rep.istered cars ill Marill COllllly
led by City Manager, Ted Adi st. It
Other highlights included the ~rst ever daylight savings
time , an updated sewer system, the unveili ng of Major
Sloan 's 10 yea r master plan for the city' s layou t. Electricity
• Gelleral COllcem Ilrolllld tOIlIIl :
was severely rat ioned. New business were not even put on
Ii I ber-CIIlosis is Jea red .. Polio
the grid and existi ng resi dents had to slash use by 90% or
olltbreaks prall lpt I/llteelcllflir fr lll d­
suffer disconnection . The water district looked for ways to
raisers ... Red Cross Allllllal
relieve low water pressure by creating Bon Tempe reservoir.
DrilJes ... Measles alld clrickell pox
A very effective Commuter Clu b was formed to deal with the
0lltbreaks- 419 cases of tlte
ever pressing problems and concerns with the Greyhound
II leasles ill 1948 as colllpared to
buses. Drunk driving was a concern an d accounted for 60%
36 ill 1947 . Bear lIIeat Itas
of all accidents. Highway Patrol started usin g the "drunk-o­
tricltillosis Drllllk Drivillg is a
meter" - a type of blood test which prom pted guilty parties
problelll - patrol starts IIsillg
drllllk-o-lIleter _ COll I/ II liter C lllh
fomled ... Meat sllpply lOll" cfllllled
Jood ellcollraged... Electricity is
ratiolled. Residellts IIllISt slaslr lise
by 90% .. Sel iler systelll lIeeds
IIpdat;'I.~ _ .. Major S loall desiglls
big 10 year Master Plall Jor city
layollt ., Day/ (~ h t Sallill,~s starts
Jar jirst tillle ... 3500 phollebooks
lIIailed Ollt- "Tir e Best Book h i
TaWIl" ... Cit)' prepares Jor dill I
telepholles . School ellrolllllellt
grolJlillg lit rate of 100% a year.
Presidellt Ii'1I1111lll il/llited to Mllrill
all his /lisit to SF ill jlllle... First
teielJisioll itlstalled at 2 a.III.
C illb ... Reported Polio Cases : 37
exceedillg record high of 1934.
need for a m ajor county highway a
hi ghway fro m M anz an ita past Mi ll
M adera- Larksp ur. It would parallel
become an even more heavily trave l'
I
A lso t he Ch amber of Com merce wai
parkin g m eters in th e dow ntown ar
Me rchants voted 7-1 in favor of th e
Sin ce ' 940 Mill Vall ey al most dou bl
popu lat ion an d tel eph one service .
1
build ing at 300 Eas t Blithedale had ;
all to see the m arvel ous eq ui pment
to hand le all the ca ll s.
Mt. Tamalpa is officially became a sta
Mu nicip al Wate r District received a
fro m th e Cali forni a State Divisi on
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check was in exchange for 22 acres
M t. Tam, incl ud ing an ol d tave rn and
:hange :ounty hundreds in court costs. Meat
,re eggs. The annual city Easter egg
to the high prices. However the city
parties for all ghosts and goblins at
,ois. A new children's wing at the
,r 110 books checked out on the first
ing meters were approved for
d net the city $350 a month .
re not more idyllic in 1948. There
narcotics, dogs poisoned by
tting into trouble with the law. O ~
hbors who did not like constructio n
Nark to get the job done faster by
Id homes and porches. Tam High
st for teens to help them deal with
ld marriage. Teachers received a
lree affordable homes were built in
pening of the new phone bui lding,
ial phones. And finally a plaque
) served in WWII was replaced with
, honoring those who lost their lives .
X"hhf/ds from {he Gnd 0/ a:J)ecade ... n the night of January 26th the mercury
( )dropped to 26 degrees.
In February, funeral services were held in San
Fran cisco for Alfons H. Coney, originator of the M ill
Spare ribs were 49 cents a pound; frying chickens were
75 cents a pound and coffee 43 cents a pound . Old
Brown's store so ld a three-piece bedroom set for $89.95.
You couldn't get such low prices at a garage sa le.
Valley to Stinson Beach Dipsea Race. H e was 81 years
The Mi ll Va ll ey City Council installed parking meters
old. In 1949 traffic in Marin County was as much an
along Mil l Valley streets following the adoption of the
issue as it is today. On March 29th, a meeting was
parking meter ordinance.
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led by Ci ty Manager, Ted Adist. It wa s felt there was a
The Gard en of All ah was up for sale.
need for a m ajo r county highway alo ng the exis ting
hi ghway from Manzan ita past Mill Valley to Co rte
Madera-Larks pur. It wou ld para llel U.S. 101 and
beco me an even more heavily traveled thoroughfa re.
Also the Cham ber of Comme rce was considerin g
parking meters in the downtow n area of Mi ll Valley.
Merchants voted 7-1 in favor of the meters .
Since 1940 Mi ll Valley almo st dou bled in both
popu lation and telephon e service. Th e te lephone
buil ding at 300 East Blithedale had an open hou se for
all to see the m arvelo us eq uipment be ing assembled
to handle all the calls.
City Manager Ted Adsit heard delegates at a three-day
conferen ce of the League of Cal iforn ia Cities warned the
vario us commu ni ties to fi nd adequate off-street parking
space or face the consequences of a scattered business area .
Ca rs parked on streets were the greatest single obstacles to
the moveme nt of traffic.
Greyhound Lin es applied for permission to increase com ­
m ute rates that would boost month ly commute costs for
M ill Val ley res idents by almost fi fty percent. Instead of an
$8.00 month ly book or $7.50 5-day week mon thl y book, the
com pany sought to issue a twenty-ride book fo r $6.00 ­
"times are a ch anging. "
Mt. Ta m al pais officially became a state park. The Mari n
M unicipal Wate r District received a check for $25,000
fro m the Ca lifornia State Division of Beaches . The
check was in exchange for 22 acres of land at the top of
Mt. Tam , incl ud ing an old tavern an d park i n~ area .
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