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Title Oral History of Frederick LeRoy Martin
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history interview, old-timer Fred Martin brims with memories of daily life in Mill Valley - from school, to groceries, to regular hikes down to Muir Beach - during the first half of the twentieth century. Fred describes living in Tam Valley when there were maybe "ten automobiles" and still people travelling by horse and buggy. Without wheels, he and his brothers walked into town from Tam Valley every day of the 1929 fire to help fight the spread of flames. Fred's work experiences included rebuilding part of the railroad in Sausalito for 33 and half cents an hour, running a service station when gasoline was tightly rationed, and aiding the war effort at Marinship during World War II. Fred paints an intimate picture of the layout of Mill Valley and its pace of life at a time when you could walk downtown and "take an hour… to get back because you'd meet so many people."

Editor's note: The transcript for this oral history interview differs from the recording. The dialogue in the transcript appears to have been trimmed and modified for brevity and narrative flow.
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Dates of Creation 1979-09-08
Narrator's name Martin, Frederick Leroy
Interviewer Jean Mosher
Extent and Medium Transcript: 12pp
Recording: 01:52:30
Search Terms 1929 Fire, Mill Valley
Railroad construction & maintenance
Service stations
Tamalpais High School
Tamalpais Valley
World War II
Object ID 1979.014.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 1979. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.