Alexander Steele McCurdy was born in 1875 on a ranch in Bolinas.  His wife, Mary Wilkins, was born in 1876, also on a ranch in Bolinas. A daughter, Mary Adeline McCurdy, was born in 1915 and a son, William Wilkins McCurdy, was born in 1916.  Having grown up on ranches, Alex and Mary were comfortable…

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The Goat Lady’s House In the 1980s, people walking, jogging, bicycling or driving up Evergreen Ave. would often notice a goat staring at them from inside the gate on the corner of Hawthorne. Some did not like being stared at, but others enjoyed seeing Toby, the goat’s name. The house came to be known as…

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In 1938 Mill Valley residents wanting to celebrate a birthday or wedding anniversary by going out to dinner had few nearby restaurants to choose from: three on Throckmorton: Esposti’s; Log Cabin Café; and The Sequoia. But there was also a new possibility. In July 1937, Henry Brummer and Rudolph Bush had submitted plans for an $18,000 restaurant…

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William P. Santos, born in 1871, emigrated from Portugal (Azores). His wife, Minnie, also of Portuguese descent was born on a ranch near Mt. Diablo in 1877.  They came to Mill Valley in 1894 and lived in a house on Ryan St., near the present day Community Center. At that time, the estuary of Richardson…

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La Verne Ave. is the name of a street on the 1902 subdivision map #6 of the Tamalpais Land & Water Co. The name Laverne was later used for a post office, a school, a baseball team, a subdivision, a proposed railroad and a public lighting district. In modern French, le verne (masculine) means alder…

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Significant 1903 EventsRichard Steif designs the first fuzzy toy bear which he names after President Teddy Roosevelt. Henry Ford organizes the Ford Motor Co. The first Harley-Davidson motorbike rolls off the assembly line.  The first trip by automobile across the US is completed – a Packard takes 52 days to go from San Francisco to…

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