Lagunitus and Belmont Theme Park

Above is the home of Adolph Maillard, at Castle Rock that is near Woodacre. Adolph sold his property to the Lagunitas Development Company who sold eight ajoining tracts of land to August D. Stuttmeister the daughter of Carl Janke who founded a Theme Park in Belmont California, modeled after a German Beirgarten. I suspect Augustus moved the Jankes and Stuttmeisters from Laurel Hill cemetary to the beautiful family crypt in Coma. You see her name behind my daughter and newborn grandson, Tyler Hunt. Did she have plans to build another Theme Park in Lagunitas located in Marin County, the home of the Beryl Buck Theme Park, called The Buck Institute on Aging, where growing old is frowned upon. Whether anyone can really solve this problem, outside Fantasy Writers, remains to be seen. Beryl Buck was not a Peter Pan and Wendy freak, as far as I can tell, but, Michael Jackson was. Before he bought the California Property for his Neverland, he looked at the Castle ‘The Towers’ built on Dark Island by the President of the Singer company. He modeled this castle after Fair Rosamond Clifford who had a Theme Labyrinth built around her at Woodstock, where a zoo was built. Sir Walter Scott claims he found the lost blueprints for Rosamond’s Bower, and wrote Woodstock. Washington Irving stayed with Scott, and exchanged letters with Henry Brevoort, the ancestor of Roberty Brevoort Buck, whose law firm created the Buck Trust and Foundation, and, mishandled the Creative Estate of Christine Rosamond Benton-Presco, a descendant of the Stuttmeister and Jankes. My later sister was the world famous artist ‘Rosamond’.

The Buck-Brevoort family founded Greenwich Village, and were Knickerbocker Royalty. Catherine de Navarre Brevoort claims she has ties to French Royalty and her husband built a Chateau around her. A month ago I founded the Land of the Wendlings inside the boundaries of Marin County in order to tap in the 1.7 billion dollar Buck Foundation. It only occurs to me now, that Wendy is a Wendling.

Is Adolph Mailliard in the Bonaparte Family Tree, and thus he is kin to Marie Louis Von Habsburg who married Napoleon, and is kin to Empress Zita who is seen in this painting I stand in front of, it my mission to see it is returned to the People of Austria. 

I now SEE where all this is leading! I SEE a Fantastic Theme Park in Larkspur! I SEE Atlantis and the Eternal Time Machine! I see The Best of the Best in Human History gathered in one place. I SEE a………Never World Fair! I SEE ships heading to The Land of Helen of Troy where there once was a Great Labyrinth! I SEE – Science! I SEE Count Cipriani inspecting his portable house that will be put on a ship bound for San Francisco! I see the  six portable houses that Carl Janke brought around the Cape, and erected in Belmont in 1848 for Gold Miners who have struck it rich. I SEE The California Dream!

I SEE the finest Military Science and Naval History Museum in the world! I SEE a New Lady of Liberty and Peace welcoming all into the Golden Gate! I SEE Young Americans taking an interest in creating a Better World they now own Real Interest in! I SEE Elizabeth Patterson and other beautiful women who have married European Royalty. I SEE a International Festival, a World Bank of Commerce, Trade, and the Arts!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Patterson_Bonaparte

I make an appeal to Robert Brevoort Buck, to make amends. I SEE us sitting at a great table talking to The Walt Disney Company.

The traffic in Los Angeles is getting worse. Getting to Disneyland is almost impossible. I SEE fairies and BART carrying Believers in The American Dream – to a New Land!

Jon Presco

Copyright 2017

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Louise,_Duchess_of_Parma

he Woodacre Improvement Club (WIC) was built on the site of Adolph Mailliard’s “Castle Rock” home.


Napoleon’s big brother Joseph, ex-King of Spain, likely sired “natural son” Louis Mailliard, whose grandson Adolph lived with both families in New Jersey until doctors advised him to relocate to a healthier climate with his wife Ann Ward & at least 2 children, John & 10 yr old Joseph. In 1868 the trip via Panama took 3 weeks. He had purchased the entire San Geronimo Valley, sight unseen, for the exorbitant amount of $50,000. When he was working in SF for a short time prior to that in 1850, the same land had been sold for a mere $1,000. The home they built (three times) in what would become Woodacre had 18 rooms, 11 fireplaces, 3 conflagrations & many visitors, including Alexander Graham Bell who installed the 1st telephone line in California there – ironic that cell phone reception is still iffy. Ann’s sister Julia visited often & they would sing her composition “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

http://www.mdhs.org/betsy-bonaparte/author/admin

An historic landmark on the island, “The Towers”, was long known as “Dark Island Castle” until recently renamed “Singer Castle”. The island is situated only a few yards south of the Canada-United States border that runs along the river.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Patterson_Bonaparte

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Walt_Disney_Company

Neverland Valley Ranch (renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch)[1] is a developed property in Santa Barbara County, California, located at 5225 Figueroa Mountain Road, Los Olivos, California 93441, first opened in 1988. It is most famous for being the home of the American entertainer Michael Jackson.[2] Jackson named the property after Neverland, the fantasy island in the story of Peter Pan, a boy who never grows up. Michael’s first encounter with the ranch came when he visited Paul McCartney, who was staying there during their filming of the “Say Say Say” video. According to La Toya Jackson, Michael expressed interest to her in someday owning the property at that time

This morning I opened an email from my kin, Murray Oltman, and read the proof of what I have been saying for over ten years, being, Augusta Stuttmeister, the beloved wife of William Oltman Stuttmeister, is kin to Carl Arugusta Janke the co-founder, if not sole founder of the City of Belmont California.

William August Janke, native of Hamburg, Germany, born Dec. 25, 1842, died Nov. 22, 1902, son of Carl August & Dorette Catherine Janke.

Carl Janke came to San Francisco in 1848, one year before the Gold Rush. According to an article in the DAR, he brought six portable houses around the Cape and erected them in Belmont for gold miners who had struck it rich. As fate would have it, William Ralston ‘The Man Who Built San Francisco’ and his partner, lived in Belmont in a house that still stands, called Ralston Hall. I believe this is one of Janke’s homes that Coun Leonetto Cipriani purchased, and added on to. This house had 5,000 screws in it according to one (lost) article I read. Another lost article said these homes were manufactured in Mass. then shipped to California. I suspect two of these homes are found on Dolores Street in the Mission. One article said one house was moved a distance from the Tanforan ranch. The name Tanforan may have been the name of the Theme Park that Janke built in Belmont, perhaps the first in California. It also might be Turnverein, the German gymnastic clubs of the Forty-Eighters. There is much evidence the Stuttmeisters were members of the Turner Societies of Free-thinkers.

What is truly astounding, is that Sir Thomas Hesketh married Florence Sharon at Ralston Hall, and Florence Breckenridge married their son. Florence descends from John Witherspoon,and thus is kin to the Jessie Benton Fremont, thus the Presco family, when Christine Rosamond Presco married Garth Benton.

This is truly a Rags to Riches story. Christine and I used to take walks in Piedmont where the Sharon family lived. The Hesketh family are in the Peereage.

Then there is the Oddfellow gathering in Belmont that may have been staged by William Ralston. The Oddfellows were forming a union with the Freemasons and holding Knights Templar titles. Was the Stuttmeister-Janke union a Masonic-Odfellow marriage? If so, my family owns all those legends that Dan Brown gathered into his basket to create a money-making work of fiction.

When my daughter gets married, I will do all that is humanly and divinely possible to see that she ties the night at Ralston Hall, because; “All’s wll, that ends well!”

Jon Presco

Copyright 2011

In 1858, when Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte was seventy-three years old, she lamented “My Beauty is departed,” a sentiment she had uttered for decades. Her beauty had been celebrated throughout her life. In her youth, she was thought the most beautiful woman in America. Her appearance was the thing of legends and, in 1803, drew Jérôme Bonaparte to Baltimore to meet the “exquisite creature” described to him.
For a woman whose beauty was central to her identity, aging must have been difficult. Rather than embracing the changes time wrought, Elizabeth defied them. Her account books documents a recipe for hair dye, as well as various compounds to create creams and possibly cosmetics. If she must age, she was going to do it as gracefully as possible.
As early as 1815 when Elizabeth was 30, a letter from her friend Elizabeth Godefroy suggests that Elizabeth saw her looks declining. Godefroy assures her, “I do not believe you about your looks.” Perhaps she attributed her visible aging to the strain and stress of Napoléon’s annulment, her return to her father’s unwelcoming home in Baltimore and her (successful) suit for divorce from Jérôme. Life had been, as Elizabeth once said, “a mean and grinding martyrdom.” Such emotional misery is not easy on the looks.
Despite her perception of her appearance, Elizabeth’s beauty is documented in several surviving portraits. In 1838 when Elizabeth was 53, she had her silhouette cut in Rockaway Beach, New York. The solid black image depicts her in profile with a softening jawline and an appropriately middle-aged appearance. The silhouette is the last known image of her that survives. To date, no photographs of her are known. Instead, Elizabeth commissioned copies of her portraits to give as gifts. How did this woman look at 40, 60, 90?

Florence Louise Breckinridge was born in November 1881 at California, U.S.A..2 She married Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, 1st Baron Hesketh, son of Sir Thomas George Fermor-Hesketh, 7th Bt. and Florence Emily Sharon, on 9 September 1909 at British Embassy Church, Paris, France.

1888: From the Daily Alta, an article on the marriage of Dr. William O.
Stuttmeister and Augusta D. Janke.

Daily Alta California, Volume 42, Number 14175, 24 June 1888
STUTTMEISTER-JANKE.

One of the most enjoyable weddings of the past week took place at
Belmont, Wednesday morning last, the contracting parties being Miss
Augusta Janke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Janke of Belmont,
and Dr. Wm. Stuttmeister of San Francisco. The house was
handsomely decorated with a rich profusion of ferns and flowers, and
at the appointed hour was filled with the relatives and intimate friends
of the contracting parties. At 11 o’clock the wedding march was played
and the bridal party entered the parlor. The bride was attended by Miss
Alice Stuttmeister, a sister of the groom, and Miss Minnie Janke, a
sister of the bride, as bridesmaids, and Dr. Muldownado and Wm.
Janke, a cousin of the bride, were groomsmen. The Rev. A. L. Brewer
of San Mateo performed the beautiful and impressive ceremony under
an arch composed of flowers and greens very prettily arranged, after
which the guests pressed forward and offered their congratulations.
The bride was attired in a very pretty and becoming costume of the
crushed strawberry shade, and wore a corsage bouquet of orange
blossoms. She carried a handsome bouquet of white flowers. After the
guests had paid their compliments the bride and groom led the way to
the dining-room, where the wedding dinner was served and the health
of the newly married pair was pledged. The feast over, the guests
joined in the dance, and the hours sped right merrily, interspersed with
music singing and recitations, until the bride and groom took their
departure amid a shower of rice and good wishes. Many beautiful
presents were received. Dr. and Mrs. Stuttmeister left Thursday
morning for Santa Cruz and Monterey, where they will spend the
honeymoon. On their return they will make their home in Belmont.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Louise,_Duchess_of_Parma

After escaping an assassination attempt in Vienna while negotiating the Treaty of Schönbrunn on 12 October 1809, Emperor Napoleon decided that he needed an heir to cement his relatively young Empire.[9] He also sought the validation and legitimation of his Empire by marrying a member of one of the leading royal families of Europe. He began proceedings to divorce Joséphine de Beauharnais, who did not bear him a son, and began searching for a new empress. His wish to marry Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna of Russia, the youngest daughter of Tsar Paul I of Russia, caused alarm in Austria, who were afraid of being sandwiched between two great powers allied with each other.[10] At the persuasion of Count Metternich, a marriage between Napoleon and Marie Louise was suggested by Emperor Francis to the Count of Narbonne[11][12] but no official overture was made by the Austrians.[13] Though officials in Paris and Austria were beginning to accept the possibility of the union, Marie Louise was kept uninformed of developments.[14]

Frustrated by the Russians delaying the marriage negotiations, Napoleon rescinded his proposal in late January 1810 and began negotiations to marry Marie Louise with the Austrian ambassador, the Prince of Schwarzenberg.[15] Schwarzenberg signed the marriage contract on 7 February.[16] Marie Louise was informed of the marriage by Metternich.[17] When asked for consent, she replied: “I wish only what my duty commands me to wish.”[17]

1911: Dr. Willian O. Stuttmeister was practicing dentistry in Redwood
City, CA. (Reference: University of California, Directory of Graduates,

1864-1910, page 133).
Records from Tombstones in Laurel Hill Cemetery, 1853-1927 – Janke
– Stuttmeister
Mina Maria Janke, daughter of William A, & Cornelia Janke, born
February 2, 1869, died March 1902.
William August Janke, native of Hamburg, Germany, born Dec. 25,
1642, died Nov. 22, 1902, son of Carl August & Dorette Catherine
Janke.
Frederick William R. Stuttmeister, native of Berlin, Germany, born
1612, died January 29, 1877.
Mrs. Matilda Stuttmeister, wife of Frederick W.R. Stuttmeister, born
1829, died March 17, 1875, native of New York.
Victor Rudolph Stuttmeister, son of Frederick W.R. & Matilda
Stuttmeister, born May 29, 1846, died Jan. 19, 1893, native of New
York.

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http://www.ralstonhall.com/tour/video.html

https://rosamondpress.com/2011/08/30/oltman-stuttmeister-genealogy/

William Oltman Stuttmeister went to the University of California and practiced dentistry in San Francisco. He bought two vacation properties in San Geronimo where he retired and died. The Maillard, Count Cipriani, Napoleon, and Prince Victor Napoleon connection is interesting. Is this the continuation of the Belmont Colony? Was this land purchased with a recovered treasure? Many have searched for the lost treasure of Sir Francis Drake near this valley overlooked by the ‘Sleeping Maiden’ mountain.

Below is a video showing Cipriani’s home inside Ralston’s additions. It was a portable house. An expert needs to compare this with the Tanforan cottages. Samples of the wood and screws need to taken and compared to the houses Janke brought around the Cape. William married Augusta Janke.

Generation No. 1
1. Dorthia Matilda5 Oltman (Jurgen4 Oltmann, Jacob3, Jurgen2, Peter1) was born September 13, 1829 in New York, NY, and died March 17, 1875 in San Francisco, CA. She married Frederick William R. Stuttmeister. He was born 1812 in Germany, and died January 29, 1877 in San Francisco, CA.
Children of Dorthia Oltman and Frederick Stuttmeister are:
2 i. Victor Rudolf6 Stuttmeister, born May 29, 1846 in New York; died January 19, 1893 in German hospital in San Francisco.
3 ii. Bertha Matilda Stuttmeister, born January 02, 1860 in Califonia; died May 07, 1931 in Merritt Hospital in Oakland, California. She married Wilham E. C. Beyer; born in Germany.
4 iii. William Oltman Stuttmeister, born 1862. He married Augusta Janke June 1888.
+ 5 iv. Alice L. Stuttmeister, born October 13, 1868 in San Francisco, CA; died February 13, 1953 in Roseville Community Hospital in Oakland, CA.

Jon Presco

http://theoltmans.com/images/Ancestors_of_Murray_Oltman_and_Ralph_Oltman.pdf

https://rosamondpress.com/2011/09/09/stuttmeister-janke-wedding-at-ralston-hall/

https://rosamondpress.com/2011/09/09/stuttmeister-janke-wedding-at-ralston-hall/

http://www.historicunioncemetery.com/Person.php?person=Janke%2C+Dorette+Catherine

https://rosamondpress.com/2014/11/27/janke-park-hall-and-stagecoach-line/

http://www.historicunioncemetery.com/Marker.php?markername=JANKE

From the 1950 headstone survey — (and the current stone)
JANKE

ANNA D
Died Feb 16, 1877
CARL A.
Died Oct. 31, 1881
CATHERINE HENDRICKSON

— From the 1937 headstone survey — (apparently there was a different stone)
Carl August Janke, born in Dresden, Germany Oct. 1806,
died Belmont, Calif. Sept. 2, 1881
Dorette Catherine, wife of Carl August Janke,
born in Hamburg, Germany, July 21, 1813,
died in Belmont, California, Feb 16, 1877
Mutter Heinrich, mother of Dorette Catherine Janke,
born in Island of Heligoland, Germany, 1781 died
in Belmont, California 1876

http://www.historicunioncemetery.com/Person.php?person=Janke%2C+Lilly

http://www.historicunioncemetery.com/archives/HUCA/FromJimMunro/05_20151222_People_H-K/Janke_Family.pdf

http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/cemetery/laurel_hill_cemetery.pdf

http://www.belmont.gov/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/158/520

http://www.belmontchamber.org/history.html

https://books.google.com/books?id=wAjmAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA17&lpg=PA17&dq=janke+belmont+california&source=bl&ots=uq66IhtGco&sig=6k1LhjNkE79OzoJXHOgycewPGmc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwizr7u0obnWAhVF3GMKHSvjAKM4ChDoAQgvMAI#v=onepage&q=janke%20belmont%20california&f=false

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Island

An historic landmark on the island, “The Towers”, was long known as “Dark Island Castle” until recently renamed “Singer Castle”. The island is situated only a few yards south of the Canada-United States border that runs along the river.

In his 1911 novelisation Peter and Wendy, Barrie referred to “the Neverland”, and its many variations “the Neverlands”.[1] In the earliest drafts of Barrie’s play, the island was called “Peter’s Never Never Never Land”,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neverland

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_and_Wendy

Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up or Peter and Wendy is J. M. Barrie‘s most famous work, in the form of a 1904 play and a 1911 novel. Both versions tell the story of Peter Pan, a mischievous yet innocent little boy who can fly, and has many adventures on the island of Neverland that is inhabited by mermaids, fairies, Native Americans and pirates. Peter has many stories involving Wendy Darling and her two brothers, his fairy Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, and the pirate Captain Hook. The play and novel were inspired by Barrie’s friendship with the Llewelyn Davies family. Barrie continued to revise the play for years after its debut until publication of the play script in 1928.

Wendy Moira Angela Darling

The Bonapartes had tried to bestow nobility upon Cipriani, but he
refused fearing to become more of a puppet then he was. Victor
Emanuel had made him Governor of Balogna, and he would become the
first President of the United Kingdom of Italy. Cipriani would marry
an American, Mary Tolly Worhtington of Baltimore County who a
descendant of George Washington. Cipriani descends from the famous
Caracciolo family of Naples, and appears to be the son of Napoeleon’s
major dommo, Franchesci Cipriani. The whole truth is not being told
here, and Cipriani may have been playing down the royal hand he was
dealt.

Jerome Bonaparte married Elizabeth Patterson, and wealthy
heiress. Emperor Napoleon had marred Marie-Louis von Habsburg, and it
was a Habsburg that be amply qualified to become the first Emperor of
Mexico. Napoleon III. gave the emigrants troops, French financial
circles assured their assistance. The French supported the
conservatives in the civil war with the radicals and occupied the
capital. They planned an expansion of France on the American soul.

 

Cipriani built the farmhouse shown on the left in 1852 in Italy (probably Corsica, his home), had it dismantled, packed in labeled wooden crates amounting to 150 tons, shipped to San Francisco and then hauled in wagons 22 miles south to Cañada del Diablo, now known as Belmont in central San Mateo County.

Ralston Hall floor plan

In the mid-1860s, Bank of California founder William Chapman Ralston sought a country place conducive to entertaining and purchased, “tore down, built up and embellished” Cipriani’s Belmont villa (Sacramento Daily Union 1888) to create “The White House of the West.”

Mrs. Anna Lake Townsend, a.k.a. Shirley, Philip, wrote this in her column “Freehand Notes” in the Sacramento Daily Union, July 14, 1883:

Although there is very little boasting among Californians about their sumptuous homes, and while they accept with remarkable humility the patronizing descriptions given by the Eastern traveler of places on the Hudson, Long Island and in the suburbs of Boston, to say nothing of the oppressive claims of country-seats in England, they have really every right in the world to tell a reasonable pride in their possessions. After all the State is only thirty years old, and the luxurious laying out of Monterey, the magnificence of Palo Alto, the San Mateo and Menlo Park residences, and the white glories of Belmont and its ivy-covered stone stable, make a wonderful showing of wealth and taste, and, at a certain season, of enlightened hospitality.

The most historical of all these residences, the richest is associations, the most widely known outside of California, is undoubtedly Belmont, now the property of Mr. Sharon, and formerly that of the brilliant, restless and ill-starred Ralston…. The nucleus, so to speak, of the house as it now is was built by General Cipriani, an Italian patriot who had fought with Garibaldi, and came to California somewhat richer in money than many patriots-Italian or other nationality-and built at Belmont.

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“I’m a Florentine…thank God.”

Noting from his strange accent that he was not American, I asked of what country he might be.

The old fellow was Neopolitan (sic).

“‘I am delighted,” I said.

“Let me shake your hand.”

“Are you Italian?’” he asked.

“Yes, thank God.”

“And of what region?”

“I’m a Florentine,” I answered.

Falbo, Ernest, trans. 1962. California and Overland Diaries of Count Leonetto Cipriani from 1853 through 1871; containing the account of his cattle drive from Missouri to California in 1853; a visit with Brigham Young in the Mormon settlement of Salt Lake City; the assembling of his elegant prefabricated home in Belmont, the first of consequence on the San Francisco peninsula, later to become The Ralston Mansion. Portland, OR.: Champoeg Press.

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Leonetto Cipriani’s Death Announced to Italian Senate, 1888

I must announce the death of the Senator General Count Leonetto Cipriani. He ceased to live May 10 last in his castle at Bellavista, Centuri in Corsica, where he was born October 16, 1812. He was a man of mettle and of strong spirit, and gave evidence not dubious in his eventful life, sealed with the fact of having written by himself and with a sure hand, shortly before his death, the news of his death that he was sent to the Presidency. In this unique announcement he declares that all praise is read in the Senate a letter that he wrote in 1860 the King Vittorio Emanuele. To fulfill the last wishes of his colleague, I will read this document for him honorable, which was then published, and that will be what conchiusione one can say authoritatively this brief commemoration. “Colonel, the important services she has rendered to the nation since 1848, and mainly in the last year, holding the Romagna, would not let me give up avail myself of his work patriotic and sagacious . But since for reasons of personal convenience, she has to go elsewhere, and walks away before the country was able to give her a certificate of appreciation and esteem with which accompanies it, do not be disagreeable that I witnessed the senses of my grateful heart. Italians will not forget what she did in very difficult times for the national cause, and this will pel noble soul of her prize grateful. I know that in any event she future there niegherà the support of his arm and his council . This I wanted to tell her, who identified himself with the destiny of the nation, they divide the hopes and duties. Florence, April 29, 1860. Vittorio Emanuele. ”

(Senate of the Kingdom, 1888)

Maria Ludovica of Austria, Empress of France

by Susan Flantzer

painted by Jean-Baptiste Isabey, c1810. source: Wikipedia

Maria Ludovica of Austria, Empress of the French

Archduchess Maria Ludovica Leopoldina Franziska Therese Josepha of Austria was the second wife of the French Emperor Napoleon, and later Duchess of Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla in her own right. She was born on December 12, 1791 at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, the eldest child of Franz II, Holy Roman Emperor (later Emperor Franz I of Austria), and Maria Teresa of Naples and Sicily. She had 11 siblings:

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William Oltman Stuttmeister went to the University of California and practiced dentistry in San Francisco. He bought two vacation properties in San Geronimo where he retired and died. The Maillard, Count Cipriani, Napoleon, and Prince Victor Napoleon connection is interesting. Is this the continuation of the Belmont Colony? Was this land purchased with a recovered treasure? Many have searched for the lost treasure of Sir Francis Drake near this valley overlooked by the ‘Sleeping Maiden’ mountain.

Below is a video showing Cipriani’s home inside Ralston’s additions. It was a portable house. An expert needs to compare this with the Tanforan cottages. Samples of the wood and screws need to taken and compared to the houses Janke brought around the Cape. William married Augusta Janke.

Jon Presco

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor,_Prince_Napol%C3%A9on

Maria Clotilde was the eldest of eight children born to Victor Emmanuel, King of Sardinia by his first wife and cousinArchduchess Adelaide of Austria. Her father would later become the King of a united Italy as Victor Emmanuel II of Italy.

Maria Clotilde’s paternal grandparents were Charles Albert of Sardinia and Maria Theresa of Tuscany.

Her maternal grandparents were Archduke Rainer of Austria and Elisabeth of Savoy. Rainer was a younger son ofLeopold II, Holy Roman Emperor.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Maria_Clotilde_of_Savoy

John B. Coleman and wife to Augusta Stuttmeister, lot 111, map |of Lagunltas tract, sub 10, portion of I San Geronimo Rancho. Deed —

http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SN19190118.2.62

Sausalito News, Volume 35, Number 3, 18 January 1919

Mailliard to Lagunitas Development Co., mortgage 43-119; lot 13, Map of Sub. No. 10, Lagunitas Tract. Deed — Lagunitas Development Co. to William O. and Augusta D. Stuttmelster, lot 13, Map of Sub. No. 10, Lagunitas Tract. Deed of Trust — W. 0. and Augusta Stuttmeister lo Katherlne Sheehy and F. Levy, to John B. ColeI man; same as above Deed

http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SN19190118.2.62

EARLY 1900’s The Valley swelled to 30 families

In 1905 and 1906 the Mailliard heirs subdivided much of Lagunitas, and in 1912 they sold their remaining interest in San Geronimo Valley real estate to the Lagunitas Development Company, which subsequently subdivided Forest Knolls, San Geronimo, and Woodacre.  Most of the homes built prior to World War II were used as summer cabins.  In 1925 San Geronimo had 20 families that “swelled to 30” in the summer.  After the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, offering easier access to Marin County, and with the coming of World War II, when Sausalito shipyard workers needed housing, many summer cabins became permanent residences.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagunitas-Forest_Knolls,_California

http://sgvpg.org/planning-resources/sg-valley-historical-information/

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Settlement and Development
Rafael Cacho, a military ­officer and friend of General Mariano Vallejo, was the first person to hold title to the San Geronimo Valley. On February 12, 1844, he was granted the 8,800 acre Rancho Cañada de San Geronimo (The Valley of Saint Jerome) by the Mexican government, in acknowledgment of his loyal service as a Mexican citizen. Cacho lived in the Valley with his wife and children, grazing cattle and horses, until his finances forced a sale in 1846 to Lieutenant Joseph Revere, who purchased the rancho for $1,000 and an interest in a very small ranch in Napa. Revere, a naval officer and grandson of Paul Revere, had served under General Vallejo, and had released the beleaguered general from imprisonment at Sutter’s Fort. Revere had discovered the Valley while hunting elk, and immediately determined to make it his own. He wrote:

The Canada of San Geronimo is one of the loveliest valleys in California, shut in by lofty hills, the sides of which are covered with redwood forests, and pines of several kinds, and interspersed with many flowering trees and shrubs peculiar to the Country. Through it flows a copious stream, fed by the mountain brooks; and the soil in the bottomlands is so prolific, that a hundred bushels of wheat to the acre can be raised with the rudest cultivation and other crops in corresponding abundance.

San Geronimo Gate WayJoseph Revere retained ownership of Rancho San Geronimo for only four years, and then sold it to Rodman Price for $7,500. Price returned to New Jersey, where he was elected Governor, and hired Lorenzo White, a 49er gold miner, to manage Price’s cattle operation on the rancho. For many years the rancho was known as White’s Valley, and White’s Hill still bears his name. Title to Rancho San Geronimo was then sold several times, finally, in 1854, to Adolph Mailliard, whose father was Louis Mailliard, “natural son” of Joseph Bonaparte, King of Spain and Naples, and elder brother of the infamous Napoleon Bonaparte. After the family’s exile from Spain, Louis Mailliard retrieved from Switzerland a strongbox filled with the family’s jewels, and brought the treasure to their new home in New Jersey. Adolph Mailliard purchased the rancho, to celebrate the birth of his son, Joseph, for $50,000, a mighty sum considering it was purchased a mere eight years earlier for $1000.Wood acre Gate

Adolph Mailliard and his wife, Annie, set out to establish a grand estate, building their home of 18 rooms and 11 fireplaces near Castle Rock, in today’s Woodacre. Annie’s aunt described it as “an unremarkable house with a deep veranda all around and small rooms with high ceilings.” Her sisters pitied her isolation, and visitors from the East “were to wonder how Annie could put up with straw matting on her floors, awkward servants and austere furniture, but she did.” In fact, Annie loved her house and her Valley, and refused to ever leave. Annie’s sister, Julia Ward Howe, author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and an active abolitionist and suffragette, would often enjoy relaxing at the Mailliard’s home in the Valley during her travels.

Early in the second half of the nineteenth century Adolph Mailliard transferred title to tracts of 400-600 acres each to James and Thomas Roy in San Geronimo, and to James Dickson and Calvin Dickson in Woodacre. Little other division of the rancho occurred through the end of the century.

Earily LagunitasIn 1895 Annie Mailliard died of breast cancer in the home she loved so dearly. Her husband died a year later. Their home became the clubhouse of the Woodacre Improvement Club in 1924. The building burned in 1958 and was replaced, where it continues to serve the Club’s members and the Valley community.

In 1905 and 1906 the Mailliard heirs subdivided much of Lagunitas, and in 1912 they sold their remaining interest in San Geronimo Valley real estate to the Lagunitas Development Company, which subsequently subdivided Forest Knolls, San Geronimo, and Woodacre. Most of the homes built prior to World War II were used as summer cabins. In 1925 San Geronimo had 20 families that “swelled to 30” in the summer. After the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, offering easier access to Marin County, and with the coming of World War II, when Sausalito shipyard workers needed housing, many summer cabins became permanent ­residences.

Following World War II, little changed in the Valley, but in April 1961 the Marin County Board of Supervisors adopted a Master Plan proposal for the Valley that envisioned 20,000 new residents, and 5,000 new homes that would cover the Valley’s northern and southern hillsides, up to and around Kent Lake. The land around Spirit Rock was proposed to be the site for a civic center, fire station, shopping center, heliport, and multifamily residences. A freeway was proposed to come from San Anselmo over White’s Hill and through the center of the Valley, with an interchange that would cross into Nicasio Valley. During the next ten years only the golf course and a few homes adjacent to the golf course, on San Geronimo Valley Drive, were ­developed as elements of that 1961 Master Plan.

During the 1960s the Valley became a magnet for “Flower Children” from San Francisco, who set up camps and other unconventional abodes in the hills of San Geronimo Valley, much to the horror of many Valley residents.

In 1972 a Countywide Plan was proposed for adoption by the Marin County Board of Supervisors, and was adopted in 1973, emphasizing low density and the preservation of open space, rural areas, and agriculture. Also in 1972, Lagunitas resident Jean Berensmeier was informed that growth was a-comin’ to the Valley, based on the 1961 Valley Master Plan. Discovering the 1961 Master Plan, she organized a community meeting to review the Plan and the proposed Countywide Plan. The ad hoc Planning Group was thus born, and worked for five years to create a new Community Plan that met the goals of the 1973 Countywide Plan, preserving the rural character of the Valley. Gone were the 5,000 new homes, the Civic Center, the shopping center, the heliport, and the freeway. Instead, boundaries were set around the four villages so the remaining land could be preserved for its rural character, and for open space and agricultural use, with only a spattering of homes outside the village boundaries. The San Geronimo Valley Community Plan was adopted in January 1978.

Painted miniatures of Louis Mailliard and his wife Marguerite Angelique Redet, before 1820

Painted miniatures of Louis Mailliard and his wife Marguerite Angelique Redet, before 1820

When Joseph Bonaparte arrived in the United States in August 1815, he was accompanied by four people, including his secretary Louis Mailliard. Mailliard served Joseph faithfully for 36 years and became his closest confidant. In 1817 Joseph sent Mailliard on a hunt for buried treasure in Europe.

From Mortefontaine to America

Mailliard was not Joseph Bonaparte’s son, although it is sometimes stated that he was. Louis Hypolite Mailliard was born in Mortefontaine, France, on May 22, 1795. In 1798, Joseph bought the château of Mortefontaine, north of Paris. In 1808, Mailliard entered Joseph’s service. He accompanied Joseph when the latter became King of Spain, and stayed with him through the fall of Napoleon’s Empire. In 1815 he fled with Joseph into exile in the United States.

Mailliard married Marguerite Angelique Redet, whose father was Master of Horse for Joseph’s wife Julie. At some point Marguerite followed her husband to America. Their son Adolphe was born at Point Breeze, Joseph’s estate in Bordentown, New Jersey, on August 5, 1819. Sadly, Marguerite died 10 days later, leaving Mailliard heartbroken. At age two and a half, Adolphe was sent to France to be raised by his grandfather, who sent him to boarding school and college under the name of “Henri Lustre.” (1)

A Swiss treasure hunt

In 1817 Joseph sent Louis Mailliard back to Europe to retrieve a cache of diamonds, papers and money he had buried in 1815, with Mailliard’s help, in a foxhole at his Swiss estate of Prangins. The ship on which Mailliard sailed was wrecked in a storm off the coast of Ireland, but the passengers and crew were saved. Mailliard stopped in Brussels, where – as instructed by Joseph – he tried to persuade Joseph’s wife Julie and their daughters to come to America. Julie demurred, saying her physicians told her she could not stand the sea voyage.

Mailliard continued on to Switzerland and presented himself to a man named Véret, Joseph’s financial administrator. Just as he assumes a disguise for his mission to Europe in Napoleon in America, Mailliard was disguised as an Englishman, complete with a red wig and a fake accent. This was convincing enough to deceive Véret, who laughed when Mailliard revealed his identity.

The two agreed that Mailliard should pose as an English speculator who wanted to prospect for coal at Prangins. Véret hired two unsuspecting workmen to help with the digging. Mailliard instructed them to start at some distance from where he knew Joseph’s treasure was buried. Gradually he brought them closer, and finally to the exact spot, where he had them dig only to a certain depth, after which he dismissed them. That night, he returned with Véret to remove the final layer of dirt and uncover the iron box. Back at Véret’s house, they opened the lid and inventoried the contents against a list Mailliard had brought with him. After drying out the parcels, among which were 16 diamonds worth approximately five million francs, they ascertained that nothing was missing. Mailliard returned to Point Breeze with the treasure. (2)

Joseph Bonaparte’s “right hand”

Louis Mailliard stayed with Joseph until the latter’s death in 1844. Joseph clearly thought highly of him. He wrote to Julie:

I cannot do without [Mailliard]; he is my secretary, my intendant; he is my right hand. (3)

Mailliard kept a journal, which is held at the Yale University Library in New Haven, Connecticut. There are some extracts in an excellent article by Peter Hicks in Napoleonica. La Revue, entitled “Joseph Bonaparte and the ‘Réunion de Famille’ of 1832-33.” Focusing on Joseph’s return to Europe in 1832 and a family meeting in London in 1833, Hicks reports how Mailliard noted the division between Joseph and his nephew Louis-Napoléon (the future Napoleon III).

We don’t see the same for our cause in France. That is unfortunate for the cause. (4)

Mailliard also made clear that Joseph thought little of his brother Lucien:

Lucien is all imagination but without perseverance, changing all the time. (5)

Mailliard was the executor of Joseph’s estate. Joseph noted in his will:

I here declare that no man has more right to my confidence and esteem than Mr. Louis Mailliard…. I would like to show my attachment to him by a great legacy: but his modesty equals his fidelity. I know that what I am about to give him will satisfy him. I bequeath, then, to Mr. Louis Mailliard, the farm of Groveville, near the village of the same name, of about 250 acres, more or less, such as it is, and as I bought it…. This farm, situated in America, forms part of the domain that I have designated for the above. I give and bequeath equally to Mr. Louis Mailliard, six thousand dollars in stock of the Union Canal, of Pennsylvania. (6)

Joseph also left Mailliard an annual lifetime income of $400, a gold watch, and a miniature portrait of himself in the uniform of his guard. He left Mailliard’s son, Adolphe, stock in the Union Canal Company and his silver toilet articles.

Once Louis-Napoléon was on the throne in Paris, Louis Mailliard was instrumental in getting Joseph’s remains returned to France in 1862 (Joseph had specified in his will that he wanted to be interred there). Mailliard retired to Mortefontaine and died in 1872 at the age of 77.

In 1846, Mailliard’s son Adolphe married Ann Eliza Ward, the sister of Julia Ward Howe, author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Adolphe died in California in 1890.

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Royal Rosamond Press dedicates this closure to my
chapter ‘Bohemians and Bankers’ to Cipriani, a man who shaped the
West, and knew the ancestor of Rosamond, the ‘Rose of the World.

John Presco

Copyright 2003

“Returning to Paris in October, 1855, he was warmly received
by his friend Prince Napoleon who overwhelmed him with questions
about his travels in America. “I answered them the best I could.”
Cipriani wrote, “But , it is a veritable deluge….We keep talking
about my journeys, of the Sanora, of conquering it.” Perhaps he
thought of seizing it for France and hoped the prince might persuade
his cousin the Emperor to finance the undertaking. “It is an idea in
the air,” he added, “that I would willingly undertake, if necessary
capital and men were available.”
To another member of the imperial household, Jerome
Bonaparte, ex-king of Westphalia, Cipriani revealed tha the had
considerable investments in California and hinted at receiving
interest of twelve to fifteen percent a month on his money. He also
boasted of his house in Belmont which “out there is considered
magnificent.”
On behalf of the Emperor Napoleon 3, he visited King Victor
Emanuel of Sardinia to explore the possibilities of a matrimonial
arrangement between the ruling houses as a prelude to a political-
military alliance between France and Sardinia. The conversation
eventually turned to Cipriani’s overland journey of 1853, which
apparently had not escaped the king’s notice. “I have heard tell,” he
said, “of a great journey of yours, with you on horseback and camping
out.”
“For eight solid months, Your Majesty,” Cipriani replied,
making certain to include the time he left San Francisco in February
to October, 1853.
“But it is true.” the king continued, “that you led covered
wagons and crossed the Rocky Mountains where there was roads, and
great rivers without any bridges.”

The above is from the ‘California and Overland Diaries of
Count Leonetto Cipriani’. a journey that may constitute the first
cattle drive. What this diary reveals is France’s plan to conquer
Mexico, and perhaps the Western United States.

“Cipriani must have followed with close interest the
activities of Count Raousset-Boulbon and other French filibusters in
the Sonora province of Mexico. The French consul in San Francisco, in
difficulty with the American government for his alleged support of
such filibustering activity, wrote to the Sardinian Ministry of
Foreign Affairs in 1854 that he was grateful (moral) support he was
receiving from Colonel Cipriani. That Cirpiani had entertained some
such expedition in the Sonora is clear from his memoirs though there
is no evidence of any actual participation.”
With the ‘Gold Rush’ came foreigners who sought to fulfill
the manifest destiny of their nations who now feared the growing
richness and power of America and the role she might play on the
world stage. One could say pre-emptive strikes were made against
the “boastful barbarians” as Count Cipriani titled most of the
Americans he encountered. Without a doubt he followed with interest
the moves of Count Gaston Raousset-Boulbon, who arrived in San
Francisco on August 22, 1850, just at moment US laws segregated the
foreign people who came to search for California riches. His arrival
coincided with the move of thousands of French-people who looked for
a way out of the wars in their country, who came to find substance
and well-being in California. Not finding any gold, Raousett wondered
if California’s gold extended into the Mexican State of Sonora. I am
sure Ciprinai wondered this as well, and he may have organized his
cattle drive for such an expedition, he selling some California
property to the Rothschilds to bank-roll his adventure that the
Bonapartes were well aware of.

Raousset-Boulbon made his first trip to Mexico in February
1852. Once in Mexico City, he met Consul André Levasseur who
introduced him to investors of a company called La Restauradora whose
majority partner was Jecker, Torre and Co. On April 7, 1852, Raousset-
Boulbon singed a contract with La Restauradora on which he is
appointed jointly with an “agent”, who he met in San Francisco, to
explore all places in northern Sonora, and discover gold mines..
The Count returned to San Francisco, and recruited a company
of about 270 men, in addition to weapons and food. On May 19, 1852,
he left San Francisco, on the Archival Gracie to arrive Guaymas,
Sonora, the first day of July, under a spectacular welcome provided
by the Guaymas people and Sonora authorities. But in no time it was
clear he was a rebel. Raousset-Boulbon granted the company with a
flag with the French colors and the words “Indepéndance de Sonora”.
On October 1852, General Navarro and Blanco faced Roausset
near Hermosillo. The treaty with the French company was dissolved,
but Blanco guaranteed the security of the French. Raousset-Boulbon,
who had hidden in Guaymas, and did not sign the treaty. The project
in ruin, the French nobleman returned to San Francisco where he
consolidated his mission in Sonora:
Becoming rich with the supposed Sonora gold
Putting a stop to the US expansionism.
Reestablish the pure Latin-blood on the Americas.
Taking revenge on Mariano Arista.

Back in Mexico, Arista was deposed and replaced by Juan
Bautista Ceballos as the presidency, then by Manuel María Lombardini,
who in turn was succeeded by Santa Anna, and Gandsen, US minister to
Mexico. Raousset-Boulbon departed from San Francisco on June 16,
1853, arriving in Mexico City on July 7. He met Santa Anna and
discused with him his colonization project in Sonora by bringing
6,000 emigrants from Upper California from Europe in six years. Santa
Anna refused the proposals and Raousset-Boulbon’s forces were finally
defeated by General José María Yáñez on July 13, 1854. He is shot
dead on August 12, 1854.

Around 1860 a group of rich Mexican emigrants met in Europe,
they had fled the Juarez revolution. Catholic and conservative, they
looked for support in Europe for their plan to establish a monarchy
in Mexico. They needed money, troops and a genuine European noble.

The Bonapartes had tried to bestow nobility upon Cipriani, but he
refused fearing to become more of a puppet then he was. Victor
Emanuel had made him Governor of Balogna, and he would become the
first President of the United Kingdom of Italy. Cipriani would marry
an American, Mary Tolly Worhtington of Baltimore County who a
descendant of George Washington. Cipriani descends from the famous
Caracciolo family of Naples, and appears to be the son of Napoeleon’s
major dommo, Franchesci Cipriani. The whole truth is not being told
here, and Cipriani may have been playing down the royal hand he was
dealt.

Jerome Bonaparte married Elizabeth Patterson, and wealthy
heiress. Emperor Napoleon had marred Marie-Louis von Habsburg, and it
was a Habsburg that be amply qualified to become the first Emperor of
Mexico. Napoleon III. gave the emigrants troops, French financial
circles assured their assistance. The French supported the
conservatives in the civil war with the radicals and occupied the
capital. They planned an expansion of France on the American soul.

Napoleon did not want to invest money into an affair without
future. She did not even bother to go to Vienna. Franz Josef did not
want to hear anything of its brother, specially not since the
Viennese rallied after the lost war against Prussia “Vivat emperor
Maximilian”, who seemed to them as more liberal and the better
emperor for Austria. Her last hope was the Pope, who could have
talked to Napoleon and Franz Josef, concluded a concordat with Mexico
and convinced the Mexican catholic church. But Pius IX. only wanted
to pray. Charlotte fell into depression, one night fled from the
hotel and required lodging in the Vatican. Her brother brought the
mentally ill Empress back to Miramar.

It appears that Cipriani was successful in uniting the House
of Savoy with the Bonapartes, and thus the House of Stuart. Prince
Napoleon Joseph Charles Paul of France, Pr Napoléon, married in Turin
in 1859, Princess Clothilde of Savoy daughter of Victor Emanuel.

http://shannonselin.com/2014/08/joseph-bonapartes-secretary-louis-mailliard/

http://shannonselin.com/2014/08/joseph-bonapartes-secretary-louis-mailliard/

Count Cipriani was born in Centuri Corsica, on October 10,

1812. On his father’s side he is descended from an old Florentine
family of Ghibellines, which after a long struggle with the vitorious
Guelfs, found refgue in Corsica in the fifteenth century. On his
mother’s side he is descended from Saint Francis Caracciolo of
Naples, and thus Saint Aquinas. This struggle inspired Shakespear to
write ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and thus the question “What is in a name?”
came to be.

He was born in the Palais Royal of Paris during the Second French Empire the son of thePrince Napoleon and his wife, Princess Marie Clothilde of Savoy, daughter of Victor Emmanuel II of Italy. Two younger siblings would soon follow: Prince Louis (1864–1932) and Princess Maria Letizia Bonaparte (1866–1926), later the Duchess of Aosta. At the time of his birth, he was third in the line of succession to the throne behind the Prince Imperial and his father. The Empire came to an end in 1870 with the abdication of the Emperor Napoleon III.

Victor, Prince Napoléon, titular 4th Prince of Montfort (Napoléon Victor Jérôme Frédéric Bonaparte; 18 July 1862 – 3 May 1926) was the Bonapartist pretender to the French throne from 1879 until his death in 1926. He was known asNapoléon V by his supporters.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor,_Prince_Napol%C3%A9on

“Returning to Paris in October, 1855, he was warmly received
by his friend Prince Napoleon who overwhelmed him with questions
about his travels in America. “I answered them the best I could.”
Cipriani wrote, “But , it is a veritable deluge….We keep talking
about my journeys, of the Sanora, of conquering it.” Perhaps he
thought of seizing it for France and hoped the prince might persuade
his cousin the Emperor to finance the undertaking. “It is an idea in
the air,” he added, “that I would willingly undertake, if necessary
capital and men were available.”
To another member of the imperial household, Jerome
Bonaparte, ex-king of Westphalia, Cipriani revealed tha the had
considerable investments in California and hinted at receiving
interest of twelve to fifteen percent a month on his money. He also
boasted of his house in Belmont which “out there is considered
magnificent.”
On behalf of the Emperor Napoleon 3, he visited King Victor
Emanuel of Sardinia to explore the possibilities of a matrimonial
arrangement between the ruling houses as a prelude to a political-
military alliance between France and Sardinia. The conversation
eventually turned to Cipriani’s overland journey of 1853, which
apparently had not escaped the king’s notice. “I have heard tell,” he
said, “of a great journey of yours, with you on horseback and camping
out.”
“For eight solid months, Your Majesty,” Cipriani replied,
making certain to include the time he left San Francisco in February
to October, 1853.
“But it is true.” the king continued, “that you led covered
wagons and crossed the Rocky Mountains where there was roads, and
great rivers without any bridges.”

The above is from the ‘California and Overland Diaries of
Count Leonetto Cipriani’. a journey that may constitute the first
cattle drive. What this diary reveals is France’s plan to conquer
Mexico, and perhaps the Western United States.

http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/napoleon/c_arsenic.html

http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Gazetteer/Places/America/United_States/_Topics/history/_Texts/MnDBIA/4*.html

Riding west on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, motorists and cyclists blow right by the San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center – unless they happen to know this is the place to see winter-run salmon in the creek and a WPA mural in the lobby.

The bucolic landscape is 15 feet wide, 7 feet tall, and 50 feet off the road. It’s worth a stop just to see how little has changed along the way out to Olema and Point Reyes in the 70 years since it was painted by Maurice Del Mue. A Parisian by way of San Francisco, Del Mue came out here to live and paint in 1925 as part of a migration as consistent as the salmon. The valley claims the highest concentration of artists in Marin County, and that’s saying something given all the watercolorists in Mill Valley.

“Because of the beauty, it’s like Santa Fe, N.M. It just brings that out in people,” explains Susan Lahr, who has lived here for 30 years. “It’s a huge artistic community – recording artists, visual artists, literary artists.”

There are enough artists that the Two Bird Cafe has its own curator. The valley has almost as many post offices per capita as there are artists – four for 4,000 people. Each of the villages has its own – Woodacre, San Geronimo, Forest Knolls and Lagunitas. “You meet your friends and neighbors at the post office on a daily basis,” Lahr says.http://www.sfgate.com/magazine/article/Valley-of-the-Artists-Mural-still-speaks-to-2511837.php

“This is a real ’60s place. Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, Quicksilver – they all lived out here,” says Lahr, who didn’t arrive from her hometown of Pittsburgh until 1973 – which was in time for Elvin Bishop and the day Garcia died at Serenity Knolls, the recovery center in Forest Knolls. They also lost folksinger Kate Wolf, but she is brought back the third Sunday of each month with Kate’s Cafe, featuring performance art in the Cultural Center. It starts at 6:30 tonight. The two galleries are open, and the mural is lighted in the lobby. (It can also be seen weekdays, or by calling Lahr, the Cultural Center arts and events coordinator, at (415) 488-9385, Ext. 4.)

Five miles west of Fairfax, the San Geronimo Valley is entered by crossing Brown’s Bridge at White’s Hill, the great divide between rich Marin and West Marin. Opened this year, the 380-foot bridge is touted as the longest single- span west of the Mississippi.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wuv40jXjxQ

http://www.sgvcc.org/valley/history.html

 

https://rosamondpress.com/2015/05/23/the-chosen-family/

 

http://www.emperornorton.net/norton-drury.txt




Location

The Inkwells are small, deep, dark pools beside Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Lagunitas, West Marin. They aren’t marked, but they’re easy to find. When driving along Drake Boulevard, the Inkwells are just beyond where the houses stop and Samuel P. Taylor State Park begins. As you cross a bridge called Shafter Bridge, the Inkwells are directly on your right, underneath a reddish-colored bridge called the Inkwells Bridge. You walk down a crumbly path to the right of Inkwells Bridge to get to the beautiful, swimmable pools along Lagunitas Creek. There are two of them, one bigger than the other. There are rocks to jump off of and sun to bask in. It is the perfect place for a summer afternoon!

History
The San Geronimo Valley, including Lagunitas and Lagunitas creek where the Inkwells are, was largely uninhabited and untouched until the 19th century. In the 19th century railroad transportation made it easy to bring goods and passengers through the valley, thereby popularizing the gorgeous area.
 
From 1875 to 1935 the North Pacific Coast Railroad, then the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, operated trains from Sausalito to Pt. Reyes Station and then farther north to Cazadero in Sonoma. Originally the railroad transported lumber, dairy products, oysters, and other goods from the fertile lands of West Marin. Later the railroad began transporting passengers. The tracks went directly alongside the Lagunitas Creek, and the old railroad right-of-way can be found on the other side of the red-colored Inkwells Bridge from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. 
 
During the 1870’s and 80’s, tourists rode this train from San Francisco to a hotel resort and campgrounds in what is now Samuel P. Taylor State Park. 
 
In 1974 the county purchased the rail line from Lagunitas to Tocaloma for trail use. There are extensive trails all over the area, and the 2004 construction of the Inkwells Bridge provided a missing link in the Bay Area Ridge Trail. The Bay Area Ridge Trail is a 500-mile continuing trail that circles the Bay Area (sections already exist in the Headlands and on Big Rock Ridge). The bridge connects Kent Lake trails with the old railroad grade pathway that runs 8 miles through Samuel P. Taylor to Tocaloma Bridge Road. The Inkwells bridge provides hikers and bicyclists a safe way to explore the beautiful San Geronimo Valley away from street traffic.
 
The bridge also serves an important infrastructural purpose: it has two 36″ water pipes that carry water from Kent Lake and the Nicasio Reservoir to the water treatment plant providing drinking water to north-central Marin.

https://www.heldfond.com/pages/books/8854/a-collection-of-early-marin-county-subdivision-maps

Since I can recall, Rosemary told me and my brother we descend from Teutonic Knights on our father’s side. Eight years ago I found a Stutenmeister province in Estonia that appears to be named after a Teutonic Knight, who purchased this land.

I also found a Stuttmeister Estate in the Pankow where the summer homes of the very wealthy are located. This estate is now a resturant. The Stuttmeister owned about five properties in Berlin.
Eleven years ago I found the unmarked grave of Royal Reuben Rosamond, and my aunt Lillian bought a stone with roses.
Six years ago my cousin, Daryl Bulkley, located the lost Stuttmeister crypt in Colma, and I went there with my daughter and new born grandson, Tyler Hunt. With the help of Murray Oltman, our family is more visible and united.
Descendants of Dorthia Matilda Oltman
Generation No. 1
1. Dorthia Matilda5 Oltman (Jurgen4 Oltmann, Jacob3, Jurgen2, Peter1) was born September 13, 1829 in New York, NY, and died March 17, 1875 in San Francisco, CA. She married Frederick William R. Stuttmeister. He was born 1812 in Germany, and died January 29, 1877 in San Francisco, CA.
Children of Dorthia Oltman and Frederick Stuttmeister are:
2 i. Victor Rudolf6 Stuttmeister, born May 29, 1846 in New York; died January 19, 1893 in German hospital in San Francisco.
3 ii. Bertha Matilda Stuttmeister, born January 02, 1860 in Califonia; died May 07, 1931 in Merritt Hospital in Oakland, California. She married Wilham E. C. Beyer; born in Germany.
4 iii. William Oltman Stuttmeister, born 1862. He married Augusta Janke June 1888.
+ 5 iv. Alice L. Stuttmeister, born October 13, 1868 in San Francisco, CA; died February 13, 1953 in Roseville Community Hospital in Oakland, CA.
Generation No. 2
5. Alice L.6 Stuttmeister (Dorthia Matilda5 Oltman, Jurgen4 Oltmann, Jacob3, Jurgen2, Peter1) was born October 13, 1868 in San Francisco, CA, and died February 13, 1953 in Roseville Community Hospital in Oakland, CA. She married William Broderick October 02, 1897. He was born Abt. 1871 in Ohio.
Children of Alice Stuttmeister and William Broderick are:
+ 6 i. Frederick William7 Broderick.
+ 7 ii. Melba Charlotte Broderick.
Generation No. 3
6. Frederick William7 Broderick (Alice L.6 Stuttmeister, Dorthia Matilda5 Oltman, Jurgen4 Oltmann, Jacob3, Jurgen2, Peter1) He married (1) ?? Babour Bef. 1932. He married (2) ?? Abt. 1932.
Children of Frederick Broderick and ?? Babour are:
8 i. Frederick8 Broderick.
9 ii. Beverly Broderick.
Children of Frederick Broderick and ?? are:
+ 10 i. Daryl8 Broderick, born January 21, 1933.
11 ii. William Gardiner Broderick.
7. Melba Charlotte7 Broderick (Alice L.6 Stuttmeister, Dorthia Matilda5 Oltman, Jurgen4 Oltmann, Jacob3, Jurgen2, Peter1) She married (1) Victor Hugo Presco. He was born July 1885 in Hartford, CT. She married (2) Joseph Wilkin.
Child of Melba Broderick and Victor Presco is:
+ 12 i. Victor William8 Presco, born August 12, 1923; died November 1994.
Generation No. 4
10. Daryl8 Broderick (Frederick William7, Alice L.6 Stuttmeister, Dorthia Matilda5 Oltman, Jurgen4 Oltmann, Jacob3, Jurgen2, Peter1) was born January 21, 1933. She married Paul Bulkley.
Child of Daryl Broderick and Paul Bulkley is:
13 i. Kimberly9 Bulklley.
12. Victor William8 Presco (Melba Charlotte7 Broderick, Alice L.6 Stuttmeister, Dorthia Matilda5 Oltman, Jurgen4 Oltmann, Jacob3, Jurgen2, Peter1) was born August 12, 1923, and died November 1994. He married Rosemary Rosamond.
Children of Victor Presco and Rosemary Rosamond are:
+ 14 i. Mark9 Presco, born September 07, 1945.
+ 15 ii. Greg Presco, born October 08, 1946.
+ 16 iii. Christine Presco, born October 24, 1947; died March 26, 1994.
+ 17 iv. Vicki Presco, born May 14, 1952.
Generation No. 5
14. Mark9 Presco (Victor William8, Melba Charlotte7 Broderick, Alice L.6 Stuttmeister, Dorthia Matilda5 Oltman, Jurgen4 Oltmann, Jacob3, Jurgen2, Peter1) was born September 07, 1945.
Child of Mark Presco is:
18 i. Cean10 Presco, born 1969.
15. Greg9 Presco (Victor William8, Melba Charlotte7 Broderick, Alice L.6 Stuttmeister, Dorthia Matilda5 Oltman, Jurgen4 Oltmann, Jacob3, Jurgen2, Peter1) was born October 08, 1946.
Child of Greg Presco is:
19 i. Heather10 Hanson.
16. Christine9 Presco (Victor William8, Melba Charlotte7 Broderick, Alice L.6 Stuttmeister, Dorthia Matilda5 Oltman, Jurgen4 Oltmann, Jacob3, Jurgen2, Peter1) was born October 24, 1947, and died March 26, 1994. She married (1) Garth Benton. She married (2) Larry Sidle.
Child of Christine Presco and Garth Benton is:
20 i. Shannon10 Sidle, born 1968.
17. Vicki9 Presco (Victor William8, Melba Charlotte7 Broderick, Alice L.6 Stuttmeister, Dorthia Matilda5 Oltman, Jurgen4 Oltmann, Jacob3, Jurgen2, Peter1) was born May 14, 1952. She married James Dundon.
Child of Vicki Presco and James Dundon is:
21 i. Shamus10 Dundon.

Lagunitas is an unincorporated community in Marin County, California.[1] It is located 10 miles (16 km) southwest of Novato,[2] at an elevation of 217 feet (66 m).[1] For census purposes, Lagunitas is aggregated with Forest Knolls into the census-designated place Lagunitas-Forest Knolls.

The first post office at Lagunitas opened in 1906.[2] Lagunitas’ ZIP Code is 94938.[3]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagunitas-Forest_Knolls,_California

Lagunitas-Forest Knolls is a census-designated place, composed of two unincorporated areas in the western half of the San Geronimo Valley in Marin County, California, United States. The population was 1,819 at the 2010 census.

The two towns are locally seen as separate, geographically divided by narrow points in the San Geronimo Valley, and each with its own small commercial center. Both are primarily residential. Lagunitas’ ZIP code is 94938, while that of Forest Knolls is 94933.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbw2tS2Hbuo

https://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2016/dpw-lagbridge-030216

http://www.casalmon.org/salmon-snapshots/about/lagunitas-creek-1

http://sevenwondersofmarin.blogspot.com/2009/05/ink-wells.html

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1 Response to Lagunitus and Belmont Theme Park

  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    Abrosius mean ‘Divine Immortal. A showown at the Buck Institute is coming. There is a rumor Time Arks are being built in the closed Hamilton Air Base, where Buck has leased space.

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