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April  2019


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Antique Appraisal Day

Thursday, April 11   10 am - 3 pm

Marin Center    Manzanita Room

10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94903


 $30 for admittance & 3 items for appraisal

Bring your treasures for an estimate of their value as well as learning additional information about your item.

Purchase timed tickets at Marin Center

 

Walking Tour


 

Lecture Series

Linda Hepworth, author of If These Tables Could Talk and Turning the Tables

    Author Chat and Book Signing       

Linda Hepworth has authored two books about her experiences of waiting tables in local establishments of Marin, If These Tables Could Talk and Turning the Tables. She spent her time at Le Chalet Basque in Santa Venetia, the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, the Hilltop Café in Novato and Sally Stanford's in Sausalito. Her humor creates a loving and interesting collection of short-story memoirs filled with quirky characters and famous people that continue to make life worth appreciating and chuckling about in the living history of our unique county.

Linda first moved to San Rafael in 1977 and spent 18 years waiting tables at the former Hilltop Café in Novato. These days, she can be found evenings at Chalet Basque Restaurant where she has been a waitress for more than 30 years. She has acquired a reputation for jokes and stories to amuse her companions while they wait for their meals. Pull up a seat and join us for a fun-filled evening.

  $10 suggested donation. Free entry for Elks with ID card.

San Rafael Elks Lodge at Mission Ave at C Street in San Rafael. 1312 Mission Ave.

Look for hidden driveway. Parking

in the rear of mansion. Follow one-way signs.

Please RSVP info@marinhistory.org www.marinhistory.org 415-382-1182

  


 
   Feature Article

 

 

Inns of the Past

  

“The Country Club” of Bear Valley / 1890

Today, hikers wandering down the Bear Valley Trail towards the coast of Pt. Reyes National Seashore pass a large, lovely meadow on their left known as Divide Meadow. Emerging from the mixed forest of Douglas-fir, oak and bay, visitors are greeted by the often sun-drenched meadow that can provide a sunny picnic or resting spot along the trail.  In a previous life this meadow was home to the “The Country Club,” a private resort belonging to wealthy, influential members of San Francisco’s Pacific Union Club. The City’s movers and shakers leased the land from the Shafter in 1890 and built a luxurious clubhouse that offered fine dining, a billiard room and library, a social hall, 35 elegant rooms for overnight visitors, and fully stocked stables and kennels. Members and their guests could hunt and hike on 76,000 acres of pristine land, and fish in numerous lakes stocked with salmon, bass and trout.

 A San Francisco Call article in 1893 called The Country Club, “the premier sportsmen organization” of California and “the finest preserve in America.” Continuing, the Call reported that, “its immensity overpowers the visitor while the variety of game to be found causes him to pause in wonder.” The article waxed poetic in describing the clubhouse’s interior as, “equipped with every possible luxury and convenience calculated to either secure the comfort or enjoyment of the members.”  Membership in The Country Club was initially set at 100, but increased to 125 within two years.

Twenty years later, however, membership in The Country Club had dwindled to just a handful but the club continued with a smaller group into the 1930s, after which the land was returned to the Shafter family. In 1962, thanks to the efforts of Congressman Clem Miller and others, the Point Reyes National Seashore came into being. Now, “the finest preserve in America” can be enjoyed by all, free of charge, and the local animal and fish populations left in relative peace.


The West Point Inn

Today, hikers wandering down the Bear Valley Trail towards the coast of Pt. Reyes National Seashore pass a large, lovely meadow on their left known as Divide Meadow. Emerging from the mixed forest of Douglas-fir, oak and bay, visitors are greeted by the often sun-drenched meadow that can provide a sunny picnic or resting spot along the trail.  In a previous life this meadow was home to the “The Country Club,” a private resort belonging to wealthy, influential members of San Francisco’s Pacific Union Club. The City’s movers and shakers leased the land from the Shafter in 1890 and built a luxurious clubhouse that offered fine dining, a billiard room and library, a social hall, 35 elegant rooms for overnight visitors, and fully stocked stables and kennels. Members and their guests could hunt and hike on 76,000 acres of pristine land, and fish in numerous lakes stocked with salmon, bass and trout.

 A San Francisco Call article in 1893 called The Country Club, “the premier sportsmen organization” of California and “the finest preserve in America.” Continuing, the Call reported that, “its immensity overpowers the visitor while the variety of game to be found causes him to pause in wonder.” The article waxed poetic in describing the clubhouse’s interior as, “equipped with every possible luxury and convenience calculated to either secure the comfort or enjoyment of the members.”  Membership in The Country Club was initially set at 100, but increased to 125 within two years.

Twenty years later, however, membership in The Country Club had dwindled to just a handful but the club continued with a smaller group into the 1930s, after which the land was returned to the Shafter family. In 1962, thanks to the efforts of Congressman Clem Miller and others, the Point Reyes National Seashore came into being. Now, “the finest preserve in America” can be enjoyed by all, free of charge, and the local animal and fish populations left in relative peace.

 

Black Point Inn

The Black Point Inn just west of the Petaluma River was the hub of the North Bay community for close to 90 years. Most sources agree that the first building there was constructed around 1890. Local historians tell the tale of a Norwegian sea captain, who giving up his ocean-going life, beached his boat on the point and built it himself.  Originally it was a home, store, tavern and stage coach stop, Over time, the ‘Inn’ served as the local post office, hotel, saloon and restaurant, church, railway stop and community meeting house.  By all accounts, “Black Point” got its name from the very dark woodland that covered the hills of the point as seen from ships on the bay.

Its location on the river attracted both hunters and fisherman and many began to build summer cottages in the area. There are records of the property being purchased in 1920 by the eventual Mrs. Louis Nave (formerly Mae Miller) who ran the store and served as postmistress until the 1940s.  Stories of the Inn, with its secluded location, serving as a ‘speakeasy’ during Prohibition abound.  The store and tavern were enlarged sometime in the 1930s. There were 10 hotel rooms upstairs, a Rosewood bar, restaurant, banquet rooms, post office, and a grocery store on the first floor.

Through the 1950s and 60s the Inn changed hands a number of times but was always a favorite roadhouse-style restaurant that featured live music (“Dick Saltzman Trio – Direct from the S.F. Hyatt Regency!), dancing, and American, Continental and Chinese fare (courtesy of Al & Joe Louie, chefs at the popular 751 Club in San Rafael).  Harry Craft’s column in the Independent Journal, “Dining Out & Inns”, always gave the Black Point Inn top marks for its food, ambiance and service. The much-loved eatery was gutted by fire on April 29, 1976 and never rebuilt. The property is now home to Kelleher Lumber Co. of Black Point.

 Photo Source: MHM                                      By Scott Fletcher


 

Community Events of Interest







Friday, April 5   11 am

Moya and Ross Historical Society

The California Supreme Court: Inside and Out

Hear from Ross resident and recently retired California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar, the third woman ever to serve on the Court, about her experiences under three Chief Justices and four governors over almost a quarter century of service.

For information and reservations click here.

 

Wednesday, April 10       7-8:30 pm 

Fairfax Library

Shipwrecks of Marin

Local historian Brian K. Crawford presents an illustrated talk of the ships who’ve met their doom on Marin County’s steep rocky shores for over four hundred years.


For more information marinlibrary.org/fairfax/


Thursday, April 11   8:00 pm

Northwestern Pacific Railroad History Symposium

NWP in COLOR

The first part of the evening will be devoted to the new book NWP in COLOR. Authors Mackinson and Innman will show pictures and tell stories. The second part of the evening will be announced later.


Monday, April 22    6:30-8:00 pm


Marin Civic Center Library, California Room

Waldo Grade and the Golden Gate Bridge

Join historian and Sausalito resident Mike Moyle to explore this fascinating facet of our local history. The construction of the Golden Gate Bridge wouldn’t have made any sense without an equally bold construction project in the hills above Sausalito. The creation of the 3.6-mile Waldo Grade, which runs from the bridge to Waldo Point at the north end of Sausalito, required the excavation of millions of cubic yards of material and the boring of the first of today’s two tunnels.

PLEASE NOTE LOCATION OF EVENT:
Anne T. Kent California Room Map & Special Collections Annex, 1600 Los Gamos, Suite 182 (Lobby B) San Rafael. For more information on this free event, call 415-473-7419.


  

Saturday, April 27     9:00 am    Creekside Park

San Anselmo Historical Commission

Stroll Through History Returns for 2019

Downtown San Anselmo. The tour will highlight San Anselmo’s historic Hub, the role of the railroad in the development of town and the changing character of the businesses and architecture on San Anselmo Avenue. Meet at Creek Park and stroll along San Anselmo Avenue. The tour will end at the Historical Museum for light refreshments. 


Friday, May 3       11:00

Moya and Ross Historical Society

MT. TAMALPAIS: THREE PEAKS, OLD TRAILS

Follow in the footsteps of early scientist-explorers William Brewer and Charles Hoffman with local historian and photographer BRAD RIPPE as they ascend Mt. Tamalpais as members of the California Geological Survey in the early 1860s. Illustrated with historic and recent maps and photographs, learn about this early adventure and other fascinating stories along the old trails of Mt. Tamalpais.

For information and reservations click here.


IN THIS ISSUE: 

Museum News, Events, Feature Article, Faces of Marin, 100 Years Ago, Community Events, and From the Collection

 From the Collection



The Orpheus Grill operated next door to today’s Rafael Film Center throughout the 1920s.  When expanding the theater in 1997, a cache of long-forgotten business receipts from the Grill was discovered in an adjoining wall.  In 2010, Jeff Craemer donated these receipts to the Marin History Museum.

The receipts record of some of the Marin’s businesses of the era including: Marin County Milk Company, San Anselmo Bakery, Larkspur Fruit and Vegetable Store, Frank Spenger Shrimps, Fish & Crabs, Blagg Brothers Coffee, and Lafargue French Laundry.

Shown here, the reverse of two receipts from Herzog’s Market.  On one, a charming illustration reminds customers to “Phone 43 for Meats”; on the other, a repeated customer service slogan: “Be quick to kick if things seem wrong, but kick to us and make it strong; To make things right gives us delight, if we are wrong and you are right.”

A single typed menu, dated March 20, 1925, lists a “special commercial lunch,” served from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., comprised of navy bean soup, heart of lettuce salad, a choice of entrée, blackberry cobbler, and coffee, milk or tea—all for just 50 cents.

Sources: Marin History Museum, www.rafaelfilm.cafilm.org


In the News - 100 Years Ago

Marin Journal

April 1919

JOIN CANAL PARADE SATURDAY AFTERNOON 

 The citizens of San Rafael will take part in a great parade Saturday afternoon as a demonstration in favor of the success of the special tax election to improve the San Rafael Canal.

Starting at Fourth and E Streets at 2:45 o'clock, the line will march down Fourth street to the Union Depot and countermarch to the Court House, where Congresssman Clarence F. Lea will speak on the canal question.

In addition to hundreds of citizens and automobiles in line, the parade will be formed of the students of Mt Tamalpais and Hitchcock academies, the Boy Scout, the pupils of the High School and the students of the Grammar School above the third grade.

Every store in the city is expected to close during the parade in compliance with the request of Mayor Herzog.

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VOLUNTEER JOB OPPORTUNITIES  

We can use your help! Have a little time on our hands and looking to help a local non-profit? Below is a list of some of the volunteer positions we need to fill.

Please let us know if any of these look interesting to you by emailing info@marinhistory.org or calling 415-382-1182. We would love to hear form you!

Writer

We are starting to create a lot of content for our eNewsletters, social media sites, and future traveling exhibitions and publications. If you like to do historical research and write short articles, we could use your help.

Editor

Along with writers, we need editors to give the final article its blessing before it goes to print. This volunteer job can be done from home or on site. Let us know if you have that required eagle eye and grammatical tenacity to tackle this job.

Photographer

Capture the moment for us! Your photos of the Museum’s special events and exhibitions will be invaluable for public outreach, future fundraising campaigns and our institution’s historical record. We could use your help documenting our history!


Don't see your area of interest?

Call us and we work with you to create your perfect volunteer experience!


Are you a student looking for community service hours? Know a student who needs hours before graduating?  The Marin History Museum is a 501(c)3 and can grant students their community service hours.

Let us know and we’ll take care of it!

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Mailing Address: PO Box 150727, San Rafael, CA 94915

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