Posts by mvhistor

Vignette > Mill Valley’s 2nd School

Homestead School opened on January 13, 1908 with 50 first and second graders who had been attending the grammar school on Summit Ave.  Only 19 pupils lived in Homestead Valley; the rest came from Mill Valley, Millwood and Alto.  Enrollment averaged 46 for the semester, 28 boys and 18 girls aged 6 to 14.  They…

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Vignette > Historic Painting

High up on the rear wall of the Mill Valley City Council Chambers is a 5 ft. by 20 ft. painting of Mount Tamalpais. The breathtaking landscape was originally one of six large masterpieces completed by Ettore Serbaroli for the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. After the exposition it was mounted on a wall of…

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Vignette > Sulphur Spring

In a 1984 article, Mill Valley historian Henri Bussy wrote, “One of the commercial ventures of Mill Valley was a gratuitous one.  Around 1891, a sulphur spring was discovered in the fields on the site of Old Mill School. By 1895 a gazebo had been built over it and people came from the entire bay…

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Vignette > City Hall

In October 1935, during the Great Depression, Mill Valley voters approved a bond issue to construct a new City Hall. The Town Hall/Fire house built in 1908 had become inadequate. In December 1935, the old building and an adjacent building were demolished, and construction of the new building began. The new City Hall was dedicated…

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VIGNETTE > Local Pubs

In the 1940s, Ray Miller, an operating engineer who drove bulldozers, backhoes, and frontend loaders, lived with his wife and kids on East Blithedale.  On the way home from work he would have a beer with the guys at a bar at #8 Locust near Miller — Brother’s Tavern, known as “The Brothers”. In 1947…

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VIGNETTE > Marin’s Greatest Athlete

Sam Chapman, Tam High class of 1934, a letter winner in football, soccer, baseball, basketball and track.  His young son once asked how he had time to letter in five sports in high school. Sam said that he tried to stay in school as long as possible so that he wouldn’t have to work at…

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