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Document Details


Title: Ruth Boerike White Bowie
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Marin County Free Library. Civic Center Branch. Anne T. Kent California Room
Collection: Carla Ehat Oral History Program for the Anne T. Kent California Room
Description: Ruth Bowie was born in San Francisco in 1888, the daughter of a homeopathic physician. Ruth describes her early private schooling, trips abroad, and her first marriage to Ralston Lovell White in 1910, and their subsequent 400-mile honeymoon on horseback from Paso Robles to San Francisco. She also describes the building of “Garden of Allah,” their Willis Polk-designed mansion in Mill Valley, and later disposing of the property as a memorial to Mr. White. Also recounted is her raising of $100,000 in World War I for French widows, and her charity work with Sunnyhills and the San Francisco Junior League. Ruth tells of living abroad from 1930-1939 and in 1955 marrying Dr. Robert C. Bowie.
URL: http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/lb/main/crm/oralhistories/bowieft.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1976 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Bowie, Ruth Boerike White, 1888-1977
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 1888
Speaker place of birth: San Francisco, CA; California; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Age at speaking: 88
Document location: San Rafael, CA
Document date: 28-Jan-1976
Interviewer: Ehat, Carla; Kent, Anne
Locations discussed: California; Marin County, CA; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: California; California--History; Community; Local history; Marin County (Calif.)--History; Marin County, CA; North America; Oral history; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0029589-32815