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Title Oral History of Jean Barnard
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content Jean Barnard was born in New York on October 30th, 1918 and graduated from Vassar College in 1940. Jean was a summer visitor in Mill Valley from 1919 to 1930, her family traveling from the East Coast by train to visit her Aunt Ruth Boericke and Ruth's husband, Ralston White, at their "Garden of Allah" estate. During her visits to Mill Valley, Jean's family would take the train up the winding mountain railroad and enjoy Mill Valley's scenic outdoors on horseback. Her stories of her time spent vacationing in Mill Valley paint a vivid picture of what life was once like for its inhabitants. It is no wonder then that in 1946, Jean decided to become a permanent resident of Mill Valley.

Once settled, Jean's concern for politics and the environment led her to become deeply involved in local government and environmental causes. Starting out on the Parks and Recreation Commission, Jean would eventually serve as Mayor of Mill Valley from 1972-1974. In this oral history, Jean discusses her time with Aunt Ruth and Ralston White, her involvement in the Community Church, local and national politics from World War II on, changes to Mill Valley, and memories of her many years of civic service, including her involvement in obtaining a bond to build Mill Valley's new Public Safety Building.
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Dates of Creation 1979-01-24
Narrator's name Barnard, Jean
Interviewer Mosher, Carl
Extent and Medium Transcript: 41pp
Recording: 01:53:57
Search Terms 1929 Fire
Baker, Fred
Balmer, Bert
Barnard, Christopher Lovell
Barnard, Geoffrey Symmes
Barnard, Jack
Barnard, Ralston White
Behr, Peter
Blair, J. Walter
Boericke, Ruth
Boericke, William
City council members
City government
Community Church
Depression (economy)
Garden of Allah
Haapa, Alphonse
Hall, George
Horseback riding
Lyon, Laura
Marsh, G.T.
Marsh, Margaret
Mill Valley City Council
Mill Valley Community Church
Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway
Northwestern Pacific Railroad
Parks and Recreation Commission
Partridge, Vesta
Political issues
Politics & government
Polk, Willis
Ralston, William
Schultz, Vera
Symmes, Laurence M., Jr.
Tamalpais Land and Water Company
Walsh, William
White, Laura Lyon
White, Lovell
White, Ralston
White, Ruth Boericke
World War II
Object ID 1979.005.001
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.