Marin County Genealogy

Marin Oral Histories - E

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NOTE: Oral Histories for underlined names have been transcribed and are available on the net - click on the name to go to the Civic Center Branch of the Marin County Free Library page where they can be accessed.
LAST NAME FIRST NAME LOCALE OCCUPATION VITAL DATA SYNOPSIS
Eddy Marie (Mrs. Henry) Ross Volunteer, Marin Art & Garden Center, Conservationist    Marie Eddy narrates the history of the Marin Art and Garden Center, Ross since its founding in 1947. She has been a member for 30 years and had given her talents and energies as a volunteer in the following Guilds: Marin Conservation League (30 years), Greens Sales; Northgate (26 years); Rentals (9 years) Moya Library. Discusses the growth of the Center from 1947 and presents a clear profile of Caroline Livermore; the various guilds; her many years of contributions, etc; and concludes with goals she would like to see achieved for the Center. 28 September 1977
Eden  Doris San Rafael Early Resident, Undertaker, County Coroner (daughter) b. 17 Aug 1902

d. July 1983

Reminiscences of early San Rafael by two sisters whose grandfather came to Marin in 1854. He was the first undertaker in San Rafael. Their father Edward Eden went in to the business at 1455 E St. opposite where the Viking Bakery is today (1979). Father later became County Coroner. Family home was on Fifth Street opposite the Old Courthouse. Describes the neighborhood & families & friends. Both sisters retired after over 35 years each with PG&E. 14 November 1979
Eden  Gretchen San Rafael Early Resident, Undertaker, County Coroner (daughter) b. 11 Oct 1910

d. 16 June 1994

Reminiscences of early San Rafael by two sisters whose grandfather came to Marin in 1854. He was the first undertaker in San Rafael. Their father Edward Eden went in to the business at 1455 E St. opposite where the Viking Bakery is today (1979). Father later became County Coroner. Family home was on Fifth Street opposite the Old Courthouse. Describes the neighborhood & families & friends. Both sisters retired after over 35 years each with PG&E. 14 November 1979
Eloesser Nina (Mrs. Herbert) Mill Valley, San Francisco Presidential Aide, Sailor b. 14 Aug 1890

d. June 1985

Sister-in-law of Dr. Leo Eloesser. English woman born in Bombay, India 14 August 1890. Worked for Herbert Hoover in 1914 on commission for Relief in Belgium. Relates her 6 year association with Mr. Hoover; her arrival in San Francisco; her love of sailing; her marriage into the Eloesser family and warm reminiscences of San Francisco, Mill Valley, over the past 50 years. Resides in a house that was built as the Rectory for the Swedenborgian Church, Lyon Street, San Francisco. 7 October 1975
Eloesser Dr. Leo Sausalito Surgeon, Violinist, Sailor b. 29 July 1881

d. Oct 1976

Recorded at the home of his sister, Helen La Plant. Dr. Eloesser was an eminent thoracic surgeon in San Francisco. He is 94 years old. Received his M.D. in Heidelber, Germany; served as a doctor in the Medical Corps German Army, 1915/16; served as a Major, U.S. Army Medical Corps 1918/19; clinical Professor of Surgery, Stanford University; served as a doctor in Spain for the Loyalists 1937/38; Physician in China 1946 - 1949. Retired and lives on a Ranch in Mexico since 1950. Recounts his medical life; his years as a violinist; his sailing days in Sausalito aboard his sloop, "FLIRT;" his revisit to China in 1973 and comparison to 1945; philosophizes on life and medical progress. 7 October 1975 
Erbentraut Professor Edwin San Anselmo Lecturer/Jack London b. 8 Jan 1931

d. 10 Oct 1991

A lecture, rather than an interview, but about an important California writer, Jack London. The lecture was given in the Moya Library for members of the Library. As this oral history program is a project of the Moya Library, it somehow seemed appropriate to include the Professor's narrative. He had done extensive research on his subject and adds color and depth to the Jack London legend. Mr. Erbentraut resides in San Anselmo. 2 May 1975
Ericson Carol Tiburon   b. 29 March 1914

d. June 1996

Old St. Hilary's Church in Tiburon 
Ericson Waldo       Trains and Ferry boats
Erskine Dorothy Ward (Mrs. Morse) San Francisco Conservationist, Environmentalist, Volunteer Fundraiser b. 29 July 1896

d. Sep 1982

Third generation San Franciscan, famous bay area conservationist and environmentalist. Daughter of Florence Nightingale Ward and Dr. James Ward, describes life in San Francisco as a child; Miss Burke's School; U.C. Berkeley; her marriage to liberal lawyer; her travels; his writing, i.e., 2 published books, "The big ride" and "Russia's story;" her 40 year involvement in Save the Bay, SPUR, City Planning, People for Open Space, Greenbelt, ABAG, etc. Open Space and curtailment of Urban Sprawl are her big effort. A dynamo of vision and energy. 14 February 1979 
Erskine/Reynolds Dorothy Ward/ Helen Bay Area Conservationist, Environmentalist, Volunteer Fundraiser   Dialogue between two famous California conservationists at the residence of Mrs. Thomas Kent. This is the second session of each woman being interviewed. In this tape, they join together and discuss their individual efforts and praise the efforts of each other revealing some new and interesting material. Dorothy Erskine enlarges on her tape of 14 February 1979 and Helen Reynolds gives us additional material supplementing her interview of 28 February 1979. This is rich and unique dialogue between two remarkable California conservationists who have each achieved much on their individual paths. 20 March 1979
Evans Dr. Elliot San Francisco Historian, Silver Specialist   The history of early San Francisco silver (1850-1920. Native Santa Cruz, PhD Stanford graduate. Teacher and lecturer for 50 years on history. Tells of early silver makers, Vanderslice & Company, i.e., Frederick R. Reichel, Kohler & Ritter, Schultz & Fisher, Shreves, etc. Traces the beginnings of this industry and art in San Francisco and shows examples of this craft. Amounts of good silver created in San Francisco during these 70 years. 3 February 1978

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