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Title Oral History of William Mason
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content William Mason was born on December 21st, 1921, and moved from Los Angeles to Mill Valley in 1956 to be closer to his work as a seaman for the Standard Oil Company in Richmond. He still lives at 1 Cottage Avenue (West Blithedale), in a house built by Sidney B. Cushing, the son of Blithedale Hotel owner Dr. John S. Cushing. William lived an eventful life, first serving as a sailor, then, after having completed his studies at UCLA, as chief mate on different vessels. Like his brother Samuel Mason he was also an avid aviator, and worked as a flight instructor during WWII. He later bought his own biplane, and has traveled all over the world on his own and with his family.
William recounts his memories of Mill Valley in the 1950s, particularly the downtown shopping experience and its change from sleepy town to vibrant hippie meeting place to the tourist territory of today. William never lost his passion for traveling, and embarked on several freighter trips to Europe and Russia after he retired. He enjoys his historic house painting watercolors and reading books on Russian civilization.
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Dates of Creation 2015-02-03
Narrator's name William Mason
Interviewer Debra Schwartz
Extent and Medium Transcript: 14pp
Recording: 52:01:00
Search Terms 1 College Avenue
Bennett’s five-and-dime
Blithedale Hotel
Cushing, Dr. John S.
Cushing, Eleanor
Cushing, Sidney B.
Maguire, Edna
Mason, Clara Breard
Mason, Elizabeth
Mason, Homer
Mason, Samuel Homer
Mill Valley in the 1950s
Mill Valley nature
Mill Valley shopping
Mill Valley stores
Nelson Family
Old Mill School
Pirinjian, Misak
Schellville airport
Standard Oil Company
Svensen, Agafena Willamena
West Blithedale Avenue
Object ID 2015.044.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2015. 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.