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Catharine is a granddaughter of William Pixley, brother of Frank Pixley, early 1850 pioneer of Owl's Woods fame. He was also creator of "The Argonaut," a San Francisco newspaper (1877-1958). Catharine tells of early squatters in Corte Madera: Captain John Van Reynegon and his ship Linda. She describes how, in 1885, the land finally went to the Reed heirs who sold to the Pixleys, the William Colemans, the Forbes, the McCues, and the Chapmans. She also describes her grandparents life on the farm in Corte Madera. 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.