Monthly Archives: December 2012

Trucks, bombs and booze in old time Marin

Eileen, Bill and Anna Jensen at the family's ranch

Eileen, Bill and Anna Jensen at the family’s ranch

Highway 101 was a little two-lane road when 81-year-old Anna Jensen was growing up in Ignacio, located just north of the Golden Gate. In this month’s program, we’ll hear her talk with her son Bill about growing up there in the 1930s and 40s, when the restaurant down the road ran a bootlegging operation, and Hamilton Field was a thriving military post during WWII. The soldiers bought eggs and turkeys from her family’s ranch, before the military took it over; Tomales Bay was also used for bombing practice during those years. Anna also describes what it was like to move to the remote town of Tomales as a 19-year-old bride, where she helped her husband drive cattle trucks. The Jensen family, formerly the Irvin family, was one of the first to settle the town. Today Bill runs sheep and cattle on the ranch that has been in his family since 1856.

ListenĀ  to the program by clicking the arrow below, or download the mp3 here.

Anna drives home in her jeep (complete with racing stripe)

Anna drives home in her sporty jeep (complete with racing stripe)