Tag Archives: West Marin

Return to the one-room school

Even today, there are a handful of kids getting their early education in one-room schoolhouses. In this episode we hear  Peter and Louise Dolcini who talk about teaching at one such school. Though Peter and Louise are now retired, the Lincoln School remains open today. Peter also was a student at the same school 80 years ago. Listen here as they talk about teaching, learning, and life in a rural community, or download the mp3 here.:


Girlhood on the ranch

Sally Gale of Chileno Valley Ranch talks with her 94-year-old mother, Anita Dolcini, about Anita’s life growing up on a dairy ranch in West Marin. She describes life on the ranch, speaking Swiss on the playground, helping cook breakfast for the hired men over a wood stove, and what it was like to be a young country girl attending UC Berkeley in the 1930s. Listen to the program by clicking the arrow below, or download the mp3 here.  


Dancing in the chicken barn

Al and Loren Poncia of Stemple Creek Ranch just north of Tomales discuss how their family came from Italy in the 1890s and settled in Marin. Life in the county was very different in the old days, with tight-knit communities built around train stations, and big dances in the chicken barn! Listen to the program by clicking the arrow below, or download the mp3 here