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Title Oral History of Alice Cavalli
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content Alice Cavalli was born in San Francisco; the youngest of seven children. She grew up in Mill Valley and attended Summit School, Park School, and Tamalpais High. Alice and her sister worked for their father's popular tavern in Muir Woods, Joe's Place. Alice met her husband, Hugh Cavalli, through her work at the tavern, and the couple married on July 6, 1925. After high school, she went to work for the National Bank of San Francisco, commuting by first taking the train to Sausalito, and then catching the ferry into the city. Together, Alice and Hugh raised two children, Glenn and Carol. In her oral history, Alice speaks about her ancestors who were early ranchers and settlers in the area before the Gold Rush of 1849; growing up in Mill Valley after the earthquake; reminiscences of Muir Woods and the Mill Valley fire of 1929; and accounts for other Mill Valley notables such as the Reed and O'Shea families.

Editor's note: The recording for this oral history is available in the Lucretia Little History Room, Mill Valley Public Library.
Audio and Transcript Click here to read the transcript.
Dates of Creation 1992-04-01
Narrator's name Cavalli, Alice
Interviewer DeFremery, Paul
Extent and Medium Transcript: 7pp
Search Terms 1929 Fire
Allen, Walter
Ancestors
Bickerstaff, Alice
Bickerstaff, Joe
Bickerstaff, Jonathan
Bickerstaff, Jonathan
Bickerstaff, Joseph
Cavalli, Carol
Cavalli, Glen
Cavalli, Hugh
Dipsea Trail
Farms
Fires
Joe's Place
Murphy, Anna
O'Shea, Minnie
Ranchers
Ranches
Rancho Tamalpais
Reed, Hilarita
Reed, John
Object ID 1993.013.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 1992. 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.