Monthly Archives: December 2013

During the war, he dreamed of ranching

Ingrid Noyes & Hans Angress

Ingrid Noyes & Hans Angress

Ten-year-old Hans Angress fled to Amsterdam from Nazi-occupied Berlin with his family in 1938. At first Holland was “the land of milk and honey,” but soon it too was taken over by Germany. His father was arrested and later killed, and Hans and his family survived the war by going into hiding. He hoped to grow up to be a rancher, like his oldest brother who had emigrated to America.

At age 19 Hans came to California, married his high school sweetheart, and became an early partner with Bill Staus in the dairy now known as the Straus Family Creamery (back then it was Blake’s Landing Farms). Later he designed and helped launch the Marconi Center in Marshall, a conference center and state park on Tomales Bay, just north of San Francisco. Join us as 85-year-old Hans talks with his daughter Ingrid Noyes about the stark reality of the war years, and how he built a new life in West Marin.

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