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Title Oral History of Charlotte Switzer
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content Charlotte Switzer was born in 1905 in Mill Valley, the youngest of four children. Charlotte's family lived in the upper flat of a barn on the family-owned business, Dowd's Fashion Stables. The stables burned down in a fire in 1910, though Charlotte's father, Charles Dowd, would go on to rebuild the stables. Charles taught Charlotte how to drive a horse and buggy from an early age, which proved to be one of Charlotte's main modes of transportation around town. Charlotte attended Summit School, Tamalpais High School, and went on to graduate from University of California, Berkeley. In 1925, she married her husband, Gordon. Together, Charlotte and Gordon raised three children. In her oral history, Switzer fondly recounts her childhood growing up in Mill Valley - the freedom to explore Corte Madera Creek, riding horses, spending time in downtown establishments including Lockwood's Drug Store and Kingwell's Ice Cream Store, the development of Tamalpais High, her father's various businesses, and her family's strong ties with the Mill Valley community.
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Dates of Creation 1978-04-07
Narrator's name Switzer, Charlotte
Interviewer Dreyfus, Helen
Extent and Medium Transcript: 42pp
Recording: 00:55:54
Search Terms Abraham, Belle
Boericke, Ruth
Business - Mill Valley
Business enterprises
Cappelmann, Oscar
Dowd's Moving and Storage
Dowd's stable
Dowd, Charles James
Dowd, Emma
Dowd, George
Dowd, Irvine
Dowd, Margaret Wosser
Dowd, Michael
Dowd’s Fashion Livery Stables
Esposti's Ice Cream Parlor
Fire
Funeral homes
Horseback riding
Horses
Hub Theatre
Kingwell's Ice Cream Store
Livery stables
Local transit
Lockwood’s Drug Store
Muir Woods
Northwestern Pacific Railroad
Ryan, Edward "Pat"
Stables
Sturken, Lillian Dowd
Switzer, Barbara
Switzer, Gordon
Switzer, Stanley
Teulie, Vivian Dowd
Object ID 2017.019.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 1978. 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.