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Title Oral History of Fredrik Cassee
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, Fredrik "Frits" Cassée recounts his life as a postwar wanderer and cosmopolitan baker who ended up rooting himself firmly in the community of Mill Valley. Born in Haarlem, Holland, in 1936, Frits came to the United States in 1957 as a trained and certified baker. Initially settling in Coalinga in the San Joaquin Valley, he soon moved north to San Francisco for better employment opportunities. After getting married in 1963 and moving to Mill Valley, Frits bought Locust Bakery, which he operated under the name Old Mill Bakery until 1975, specializing in wedding cakes and Saint Honorés. Frits poignantly evokes the "fraternity of bakers" that existed in Mill Valley, and across Marin, in the 1970s, and describes the gradual disappearance of small bakeries with the arrival of chain supermarkets in town. Though afflicted by wanderlust, Frits established himself in the community and developed a rich social life through his active involvement in the Masonic Lodge and the Methodist Church, and throughout this oral history he vividly recalls numerous Mill Valley residents, including some eccentrics. Frits concludes by celebrating the way Mill Valley has escaped the shopping mall fate of other small towns in America and praises the community spirit of the people it tends to attract, while assailing the scourge of real estate speculation and lamenting the rising cost of living.
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Dates of Creation 2011-08-27
Narrator's name Cassee, Fredrik
Interviewer Kleiner, Joyce
Extent and Medium Transcript: 31pp
Recording: 02:10:05
Search Terms Bajor, Annitol
Bajor, Steve
Bajor, Vicky
Bajor, Walter
Bakery shops
Cassee, Christian
Cassee, Gail
Cassee, Jason
Cassee, Matthew
Churches - Mill Valley
Cruz, Jimmy
Deal, Charlie
Delatore, John
Delatore, Sloof
Diamond, Dan
Doors, Michael
Doors, Monique
Gushtenberg, Irwin
Hayakawa, Senator Samuel Ichie
Kamph, Ivan
Kemp, Ed
Locust Bakery
Masonic Lodge
Masonic organizations
Misuraca, Rick
Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church
Nicholson, John
Old Mill Bakery
Perin, Bill
Perin, Gwen
Real estate development
Richter, Bruno
Richter, Fritz
Rossman, Bruce
Slanicker, Bueller
Smith, Ethyl
Smith, Kim
Smith, Russ
Stocking, Bert
Stocking, Bert
Walder, Anne-Marie
Walder, Eddie
Whitesell, Ted
Object ID 2016.025.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2011. 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.