Marjorie Markel

A: Well, let’s think. Cathy, you might have some questions about Main Street or something.

Marjorie Markel

Q: Yeah, I wrote some stuff down -­ (multiple conversations; inaudible) Oh good, she’s prepared for this.

A: I just thought as long as you were coming…

A: And you knew the doctors up here were Dr. Booth, that’s the one we used to go to, and Dr. Stern was the dentist.

Q: He was my dentist when I first came here.

A: He was? He was a great dentist!

Q: He’s a wonderful man.

A: Oh, he was wonderful!

Q: Up above, upstairs.

A: Above — Vasconi’s wasn’t it? And wasn’t that called the Brook Building? And that was after a Dr. Brook in San Francisco, a very famous doctor. And I can tell you who I used to play with. I played with Barbara Booth, and her little sister (inaudible)– and the (inaudible) girl. Pauline and Madeline Alexander used to come out quite a bit but I never played with them very much but I knew them and they were always there. Let me see — I

Q: Were the Booth girls living at [Kreugs Inn]?

A: No, the .Booth family was living at the Beringers’. They were living in the Rhine House.

Q: They owned that for a while, didn’t they?

A: I don’t know, but I used to play up there, in the Rhine House.

Q: And then Barbara married — I think it was Barbara. r i

A: She married a Beringer, but I think she got a divorce. I don’t know if she’s still alive or not. everybody’s dead that I knew, you know? Because I’m so old

Q: Well, I’ve lost two very dear friends my age to cancer this year.

A: Actually, a lot of my friends that died much younger than I. Both of my dance partners died. (inaudible) One of my partners, Carlos Carvahal (sp?) — and I hadn’t seen him in 45-50 years, we used to dance together. And one day I went down to — I had some friends from Barcelona here and they had the down at the — Jarvis. He rebuilt that theater. And he has what they call farcerella (sp?). It’s Spanish light [opera]. They’re very popular in Spain. And he has it every year there and it’s all light (inaudible). In fact, (inaudible) Domingo’s parents, in Mexico, that’s all they sang, with farcerellas, like we sing (inaudible) and all those things. Anyway, they took me to the performance and I’m opening up the playbill and there’s a picture .of Carlos Carvahal at 65 or 70, looking great still and I hadn’t seen him. in all those years and he was a choreographer for the farcerella!

So I said to him my friend got so excited and said you have to go speak to him and I said no, he hasn’t seen me in all those years and I look so different. I said, “I’ll tell you what, if he comes out at intermission and I will touch him on his shoulder and if he just turns around and says, ‘Yes my I help you?’ I’ll just say ‘Oh, excuse me, I made a mistake,’ because that means he didn’t recognize me.” But he did. I touch him on the shoulder and he turns around and says, “Marjie!” And he says “I have pictures of us together,” and I said “I have pictures of us together,” so that was kind of fun, but it has nothing to do life in St. Helena.

Q: That’s OK.

A: I wasn’t going to tell you that. I don’t know how that came out. I ·told you about the [nuella] thing, the [blackie west] — you probably know all these things. I told you about the corporate seal and all that, and about cleaning the pool and about — what was [Sears’] first name?

Q: Marshall.

A: Marshall Sears — about that, and about Mr. Harrison, who is more my age, and he and I shared a lot of things togeth 5 –

Q: Is this Frank? Frank Harrison.

A: Yeah. I’ve only come to one meeting because I had to have some — not back surgery — but I had to have some injections in my back, and I couldn’t come, and I missed the last two. I

Q: You can come to the next one then.

A: Oh yeah, it’s on the calendar.

Q: You did, because I told you about it, October 1st, 6:00 to 8:00.

A: Yes. Now I can’t drive at night.

Q: Oh, OK, will somebody — M2 So if you know anybody that lives around here.

Q: I can find you someone

A: I can ask the Millettes to drive me to it if somebody can drive me home.

Q: Oh sure.

A: OK. I wrote it down.

Q: Somebody could. We could pick you up, to6.

A: Could we bring a bottle of wine and some peanut brittle?

Q: If you feel like it. 4

A: Oh, I’d be glad to do that.

Q: You might be excused from bringing the bottle of wine.

A: Oh no, I do everything. I have a cane now the last six months, .but I just came back from Napa to the doctor and [he said] OK. I’m not OK, but I’m most OK.

Q: Well you look pretty OK.

A: I don’t have anything life-threatening.

Q: That’s good.

A: I just have old age stuff. r. I

Q: Was the theater in the place where it is now?

A: Yes, and it was called

Q: Roxie.

A: Roxie – yeah. We used to walk into town on Friday nights, three little girls and I, at night, all by ourselves, and go to the movie.

Q: Wow, that’s quite a jaunt. That is a nice long walk.

A: It’s a good three miles anyway.

Q: Easy.

A: — but we didn’t think it was too much, and we always carried a flashlight and walked back in the dark and loved it. And then in the summertime, we slept outdoors. We took our bed outdoors and then deer used to walk all around our beds, and I slept in bed with Mary Jane, in a twin bed, the two of us, I remember. It was wonderful. We loved it, and

Q: So were you still friends with Mary Jane after she married 1 [Carrol ].

A: Oh yes, and then I had them down a couple of times and they came up here after her first child was born. is still living. Paul is the second child. I think Paul I’ve never met Paul, but I’ve met Eloise, who is married to — who is Eloise married to? !

Q: Well, Lucien Salvier (sp?) was Cyril’s brother —

A: That was the brother, but he died

Q: — he died quite some time ago.

A: You know, that whole family d of the flu. You know that story. The only ones that were left was the father, Cyril and Lucien and I think there was a daughter, and the rest all got — that was a flu epidemic up here.

Q: When did that happen? Before ’25?

A: Oh yes.

Q: Would that be the one in 1917 or 18, I guess, all over the US?

A: Yes. That’s the one. And he lost maybe five or six of his family — of the flu, and he used to own gobs and gobs of property and he used to sell it every year to pay the -­

Q: He did that a lot, yeah.

A: He lost a lot of property. Oh Cyril — oh, Eloise — she’s married to she’s been very ill, and I haven’t seen her for a long time. She used to be a manicurist — she used -z._ to do m nails. She lives at the Savie Place, and she’s kind of —

Q: OK.

A: And her —

Q: The little house — there’s a little hous just as you go in.

A: It’s set back, set back, yeah. You go in — yeah. married to a Saviet. r I She was

Q: I thought it was a Savie, but it wasn’t Lucien.

A: It wasn’t Lucien, and it wasn’t the one Mary Jane was married to, of course. Her name was —

Q: Mary Jane was Paul’s mother. — because Paul’s, what, only forty now.

Q: No, he’s close to fifty now.

A: — yeah, because my second child is fifty-eight, and Paul probably is about fifty and I never have met him.

Q: Wasn’t Cyril married to someone besides Mary Jane?

A: Mary Jane? -I don’t know. He had a lot of lady friends. There was a Mercier brother too, that was —

A: Jimmy. He worked at (“Christian?”) Brothers. He was born while I was there, and I had lots of pictures of Jimmy as a baby, and then — He was v ry, very nice.

A: He was a sweet man, and they loved him at “Christian Brothers?” I worked with Brother Timothy when I was at the Wine Institute, because I worked with all the heads 9f the companies, and I said to him one day, “You know, I always wonder what happened to Jimmy.” Because I was there when r· ! Jimmy was born, and I had loads of pictures of Jimmy, which I sent to Cyril when Mary Jane ed, and I don’t know if he ever got them, or anybody ever saw them. I really felt badly about that because I had loads of pictures of (inaudible), and

Q: You should call Paul and ask him.

A: I’ve never met Paul.

Q: Oh. Well, I can call Paul. Well you call Paul and say you were talking with her and -­

A: Eloise often said to me she wanted to get together with me and Paul, and then Paul’s sister died, as a girl, whom I never met either. I only met her as a baby in the highchair, and I didn’t know her. And then Eloise got sick, and we were always going to come together and then she had some kind of a bad liver disease.

Q: I was curious to know if you knew of Aileen and Lucien, his brother.

A: I didn’t know them at all.

Q: Oh, you .didn’t know them at all. –

A: I knew who he was. I knew where he lived, and I knew where his shop was, but I never met — would you excuse me one minute, I have to use the bathroom, I take a diuretic, and every once in a while END OF TRANSCRIPT