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Title Oral History of Mary and Tony Brabo
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content Tony and Mary Brabo were married for 82 years, reportedly the longest marriage in Marin County history. They died in 2011, at ages 99 and 100, respectively. Tony was born February 14, 1912 and Mary November 15, 1911, both in the Homestead Valley neighborhood of Mill Valley. Mary was the daughter of Manuel and Marie Brazil Bettencourt. Both families came from the Azores region of Portugal; Mary recalls speaking only Portuguese as a child. Tony and his seven brothers were orphaned when very young and worked at various dairy farms in an around Mill Valley. They married in July, 1929, having eloped to Alameda and recall watching the Great Mount Tam Fire ablaze as they returned to Marin. Tony bought a concrete mixer in the late ‘30s and after coming back from WWII in ’45, he started what was to become a highly successful contracting business.
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Dates of Creation 2010-11-16
Narrator's name Brabo, Mary and Tony
Interviewer Grossman, David and Oldenburg, Chuck
Extent and Medium Transcript: 60pp
Recording: 03:03:11
Search Terms American Distillery
Bettencourt, Fred
Bettencourt, Joseph
Bettencourt, Manual
Bettencourt, Manual (Jr.)
Bettencourt, Mary
Bettencourt, Tony
Blackie's Pasture
Blood, Jim
Brabo Construction
Brabo, Beatrice
Brabo, George
Brabo, Loretta
Brabo, Mary
Brabo, Tony
Brazil, Mary
Brown's Hall
Brown, Bill
Brown, Hilda
Construction industry
Cooper, John
Cunha Ranch
Dairy farming
Depression (economy)
Dias Ranch
Dias, Jim
Dowd's Moving and Storage
Ezekial, Doc
Ezekial, Patricia
Farm life
Ferrera, Louis
Fostine, John
Fostine, Manuel
Frank's Valley
George, Albert
Gomez, Manny
Hartwell, Ben
Homestead boardwalks
Homestead Grocery
Homestead Hall
Homestead School
Homestead Valley
King, Beatrice
King, Joe
Landmarks Society History Collection
Mason's distillery
McCurdy, Mary
McCurdy, William
Muir Beach
Muir Woods
Okubara, Mirika
Old Mill School
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church
Park School
Pimental ranch
Prohibition Police (prohibes)
Red Cart Market
Rynders, Fred
Santos, Joe
Santos, Manuel
Santos, William
Shapiro, Herb
Silva, Joaquin
Silva, Mary
Silva, Simiana
Slide Ranch
Stinson Beach
Stinson Beach hot springs
Summit School
Tam Canyon slide
Tamalpais High School
Tennessee Valley
Von der Werth, Albert
World War I
Object ID 2016.035.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2010. 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.