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Oral History: Betsey Young — April 28th, 2014

Betsey was a dancer all her life. In 1956 she co-founded the La-Frantics, a local Lafayette community theater group that put on shows at the Town Hall. Betsey choreographed and performed in the La-Frantics shows for the next 30 years. She also founded the Lafayette Suburban Junior Women’s Club and the Lafayette Community Garden Club, […]

Oral History: Louise Clark — October 14th, 2010

Clark attended the University of Chicago. She and her husband lived in Berkeley before moving to Lafayette in 1952. She was the founder of the Parent Participation Nursery School on 1st Street. She raised her family in Lafayette where she was active in many important causes, i.e. anti-smoking campaigns in schools, youth athletic activities, and […]

Oral History: Dorothy Walker — August 5th, 2015

Dorothy’s family moved to Lafayette from San Rafael in 1956. Her father wanted to be closer to his work at the Lawrence Lab in Berkeley. Their home was located on Yorkshire Court bordering what is now known as the Trail Area. At that time the railroad was still running and Dorothy remembers walking to Stanley […]

Oral History: Sheldon Cook — May 16th, 2014

Sheldon Cook was a pediatrician in Lafayette for 28 years. He made house calls from 1953-1981. He loved to make house calls and enjoyed the different households. He treated all conditions including newborns, dressings, measles, polio, and spinal taps. One of the major innovations during his years was the development of antibiotics–working and schools–A.D.D., abuse. […]

Oral History: Mary McCosker — August 20th, 2015

Mary McCosker looks back upon growing up in Lafayette at a time when she and her brothers could pretty much roam free—riding horses, swimming, and playing outdoors (there was no TV in the home) when they were not in school. Her great grandfather, a Berkeley Professor, had purchased land in Lafayette, and Mary’s parents decided […]