Vignettes

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 > Automobile Dealers

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Prior to 1908 most automobiles were large touring cars that cost thousands of dollars.  They were often called toys for the rich. In 1908, the Ford Model T became available at a much lower price. In 1912, the following ad appeared in the Mill Valley Record: “Levy and Schaad of San Rafael has taken the…

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VIGNETTE > Famous Tam High Alumni

Many Tam High alumni became famous as entertainers, musicians, athletes, journalists, scientists and artists.  Ten examples. William L. Patterson: 1911 — Attorney, close friend of Paul Robeson, an outstanding leader in campaigns to save victims of racial oppression. Eve Arden: 1926 — Film, stage, and television actress, performed in leading and supporting roles over nearly…

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VIGNETTE > The Port

On June 28, 1963 a fire in the Jolly Stores building at 393 Miller Ave. completely destroyed the Jolly Market, Jolly Liquors, Jolly Coffee Shop and Marion Electric. The owner of the building announced that a supermarket would be a tenant as quickly as possible. Food King supermarket opened in 1964, and Jolly Liquors became…

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VIGNETTE > Town Hall

When Mill Valley was incorporated as a town in 1900, official meetings were held in Grethel’s Hall on the second floor above the Eastland Bakery at 18 Miller Avenue.  In October 1903, the town offices relocated to the newly built Masonic Hall at the foot of Corte Madera Avenue. In 1902, the Town purchased property…

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