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The Light on the Coast:
65 Years of News Big and Small As Reported in The Point Reyes Light

The History of West Marin's Lively Little Towns And Their Pulitzer Prize Winning Newspaper

Dave Mitchell & Jacoba Charles

354 pages replete with photos  $29.95
* This book is also available for purchase online.

With commentary by editor and publisher emeritus Dave Mitchell, The Light on The Coast encapsulates a weekly newspaper’s first 65 years of unpredictable reporting from the small towns along the Marin County coast.

At times, The Point Reyes Light — or The Baywood Press as it was known for 18 years — changed the course of public affairs by exposing private wrongdoing and official misconduct. A Light exposé and editorial crusade won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service. Only a handful of weeklies have ever won a Pulitzer in any category.

On other occasions, even the newspaper’s bovine coverage has made readers chuckle, what with bulls stopping traffic by fighting on Highway 1 in the Olema Valley, a firefighter having to get a cow down from a tree in Hicks Valley, and dairy cows stampeding late at night through downtown Point Reyes Station.

What others say about the book

“There’s no place in the world like the little towns of west Marin County — fascinating places surrounded by rolling hills, forests, ranches, a lovely long bay, and the Pacific Ocean. A great place for a small-town newspaper, which has covered floods, fires, car wrecks, the birth of a new national park, a famous cult that took over half the countryside.

It has covered the visit of the Prince of Wales, and a woman who called the cops because she thought there was a ghost in her house and someone had taken her teeth. Along the way, the paper won a Pulitzer Prize. The Point Reyes Light is a great window into a fabulous small world.”
Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle
Reporter and (Notes of a Native Son) Columnist
“Dave Mitchell and The Point Reyes Light are synonymous with top-shelf weekly newspapering. Dave is one of the few small-town editors ever to win a Pulitzer Prize; his investigation of the Synanon cult is a textbook example of tenacious reporting. His witty and colorful anecdotes always make for good reading.”
Dr. Chad Stebbins, Executive Director
International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors

Marin's First Farm Advisor
M. B. Boissevain

$ 30.00 ( tax, shipping & handling included )

Historical photographs of Marin's agrarian roots from 1920 through 1950. This is a story—told by Boissevain's own photographs—of the progressive agriculture movement in early 20th century Marin County, led by M. B. Boissevain and the newly established UC Cooperative Extension. During his tenure, Mr. Boissevain organized 4-H clubs and inspired a new generation of farmers and ranchers interested in education and scientific methods—and set the scene for Marin's continuing agriculture into the 21st century.

An Intimate History of Bodega Country
and the McCaughey Family

Ruth McCaughey Burke

CD-ROM version  $ 30.00

Drawn from Burke’s considerable collection, including the writings of her father, Howard McCaughey (1878—1960), Bodega native Ruth Burke’s book covers pioneer families, and includes transcriptions of family correspondence, pioneer diaries, public records, and newspaper articles, along with Burke’s own memories and perceptions. The many letters exchanged between McCaughey and his brother James, a San Francisco attorney and a partner in McCaughey Brothers, Incorporated, are particularly interesting, revealing details, thoughts, and feelings about politics and local issues, and giving a peek into the business philosophies and practices of the past. Well-indexed, with nineteen pages of photographs from the author’s collection, the CD-ROM includes everything that is published in the hard copy book.

Days of a Wine Dark Sea:
A Recollection of World War II Dillon Beach and the North Coast

Kenn Sherwood Roe

This first person account of wartime Dillon Beach is full of the details that make local history so intriguing. The perspective of the military presence at the Beach—from enemy submarine sightings and dive bombers’ practice raids (watched from the front porch) to Sunday afternoon USO dances—seen through the eyes of a young Kenn Roe, is startling. The essay at the end of the booklet, "A Bouquet for Heinrich," acts as a thoughtful epilogue, telling of the Roe family’s experience with a group of young German POWs near the end of the War.

Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima
James Dilena, Kay T. Dilena, Yasuo Takeyama, Janet F. Takeyama
foreword by Mike Mansfield

A unique and very personal account of the two consequential events which framed World War II, seen from the four perspectives of the authors. James Dilena (Tomales High School, class of 1938) was a naval enlisted man who survived the attack at Pearl Harbor. Yasuo Takeyama was an officer of the Imperial Fleet and Naval Air Force, and is a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima. The two became brothers-in-law. This is a fascinating and powerful story of two monumental world events, two families, and two cultures. (The little book itself blends the cultures: English and Japanese versions are bound together in one book.)
Kay Dilena: "Who could have guessed that the family of Takeyama, dating seventeen generations back to a samurai household, and the family of Dilena, immigrating two generations ago from Switzerland to California’s land of fertility, would be joined in the aftermath of the war?"

Tomales Township: A History
A. Bray Dickinson
edited with added material by Kathie Nuckols Lawson and Lois Randle Parks

The story of the Bolsa de Tomales before the North Pacific Coast Railroad, written by Tomales historian Ables Bray Dickinson, who left its manuscript in the hands of Hal and Mary Martin. The Martins, in turn, gave the Dickinson collection to the History Center, and the manuscript for this book was edited and published by TRHC in1993. Now in its second printing, the book is invaluable to anyone interested in the history of the early township.
"Anyone who has delved into historical research is very much aware that sometimes the side tracks and spurs…are…as important and interesting as the main track. I am positive that Bray Dickinson in his writing Narrow Gauge to the Redwoods found it very difficult to ignore these sidetracks…It is well that he did not, for these are the building blocks that he used to tell the history of Tomales Township." (Harold Lapham, from his forward to Tomales Township: A History)