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Title Oral History of Edna Foster
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content Edna Deming Foster was born March 18, 1894, in Ashland, Oregon, and came to Mill Valley in 1923. After graduating from University of California, Berkeley, Edna married Henry Foster in 1921 and the couple moved into a house on Lovell Avenue in Mill Valley on Armistice Day, 1923. Edna quickly became involved in the PTA at Old Mill School, the Outdoor Art Club, and other local community affairs. In this oral history, Edna recounts her time at UC Berkeley, the liveliness of the Mill Valley Depot as the center of town, and her experience riding the railroad up and down Mount Tamalpais. With a keen eye for real estate, Edna shares the story of how she and her husband purchased and remodeled the Holtum building across from the Outdoor Art Club, their relationship with architect Gus Costigan, and the numerous small shops and tenants who rented space in the building. Edna also recalls transforming the Holtum building into El Paseo, which she and Henry officially opened on May 15th, 1948.
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Dates of Creation 1974-05-08
Narrator's name Foster, Edna
Interviewer Little, Lucretia and Andresen, Betsy
Creator Mill Valley Historical Society
Extent and Medium Transcript: 34pp
Recording: 1:32:45
Search Terms Architecture
Barash, Sholom
Bell, Ellis
Blanford, Ann
Brand, Estelle
Bryant, Sally
Costigan, Gus
El Paseo
Foster, Henry
Hanson, Lucretia
Holm, Elna
Kempthorne, Nevin
Keystone Building
Lytton Square
Mill Valley Record
Mt. Tamalpais
Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway
Old Mill School
Outdoor Art Club
Quedens, Elsie
Rutherford's Pharmacy
Seymour, Elliot
Seymour, Kent
Sheline, Ruth
Stewart, Jeanette
Volunteer work
White, Ralston
Object ID 1974.001.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 1974. 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.