|Title||Oral History of Fredrik Cassee|
|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|
|Extent and Medium||
Churches - Mill Valley
Hayakawa, Senator Samuel Ichie
Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church
Old Mill Bakery
Real estate development
|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.|