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Title Oral History of Florence Garvie
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content Florence Garvie was born on Mother's Day in 1924 at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. Her father served in the Army, so Florence's family moved often in her early childhood, spending several years in Hawaii, Salt Lake City, and California. Florence attended high school in Pennsylvania and received a degree in botany from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. Her first job was as a nursery plant inspector for the Los Angeles County Agriculture Department. She then returned to graduate school at Pomona to earn a teaching certificate. In 1948, Florence accepted a teaching job in Ross and moved to Marin County, where she has lived ever since. In her oral history, Florence recalls her childhood living abroad and the charming story of how she met her husband, Bill, after purchasing a leaky boat. She recounts how Bill and she built a summer home in Sonoma and how they enjoyed holidays and vacations with their four daughters. Florence shares her love of art and her friendship with her renowned art teacher, Ray Strong. In addition, she shares her experiences as an active member of the community, detailing her extensive involvement with the Outdoor Art Club, the Park School PTA, the 4-H club, and Girl Scouts.

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Dates of Creation 2010-12-04
Narrator's name Garvie, Florence
Interviewer McQuilkin, Nancy
Extent and Medium Transcript: 20pp
Recording: 01:07:48
Search Terms 4-H clubs
Cutler, Betsy
Evans, Lettie
Faber, Phyllis
Florence, Tyler
Garvie, Bill
Goheen, George
Guide dogs
Haxton, Joan
Kovaly, Shel
Marin Agricultural Land Trust
Old Mill School
Outdoor Art Club
Parino, Verna
Sailboat racing
Scott, Ruth
Strauss, Ellen
Strong, Ray
Object ID 2016.050.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2010. 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.