copyrighted Marin County Free Library. Anne T. Kent California Room August 19, 1980 Copyright 2009, Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library
Born and raised on the family's Nicasio ranch, Florence's father was a Swiss dairy rancher. Florence recalls ranch life, including butter-making, tending to livestock, housekeeping, riding horseback to school, and her fellow pupils. In 1912 she married Marino C. Tomasini and moved to Petaluma. Her son, Henry, later ran the 500-acre family ranch. From 1974 to 1984, Carla Ehat, with partner Anne Kent, and later Genevieve Martinelli, interviewed a broad spectrum of Marin County's long-time residents, from ranchers to politicians, including descendants of early pioneer families. This program was co-sponsored by the Marin County Free Library and the Moya Library in Ross. The resulting archive, consisting of nearly 300 recordings and their corresponding transcriptions, are housed in the Anne T. Kent California Room at the Civic Center branch of the Marin County Free Library.