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Title Oral History of Colin Menzies, Jr.
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content Long-time community member Colin Menzies, Jr. moved to Mill Valley with his family after the 1906 earthquake. Growing up, Colin spent a good deal of time among landscape gardeners. His very first job was with Herman Hein, a well-known local landscape artist. Colin eventually became Hein's foreman. He then worked at the San Francisco Theological Seminary as foreman of the grounds, followed by time as superintendent of buildings and grounds for the Mill Valley School District. In this oral history interview, Colin fondly recalls early Mill Valley and describes such exploits as hunting rabbits, damming up Old Mill Creek to make a swimming pond and mischievously greasing the rails of the Mt. Tamalpais Railway tracks.

Editor's note: The transcript for this oral history differs in ways from the recording. The interviewer's questions were removed from the transcript to create a narrative format. Additional modifications and corrections appear to have been made to enhance clarity and readability.
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Dates of Creation 1970-08-15
Narrator's name Menzies, Colin, Jr.
Interviewer Ruth Wutke Lescohier
Extent and Medium Transcript: 6pp
Recording: 00:27:27
Search Terms 1929 Fire, Mill Valley
Cars
Creeks - Mill Valley
Fire
Hartman, Rodney
Horse and buggy
Hunting
Practical jokes
Property boundaries
Transportation
Trees
World War II
Object ID 1970.005.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 1970. 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.