Rita Santos moved to Lafayette in 1900 at the age of 3. She lived in Happy Valley, first on her father’s ranch, and then her husband’s, until she passed away in 1992. In this interview she describes what it was like to grow up and to live in a small town that was rural and agricultural, and also a true community. She rode her horse every day to a school in the town center in which a single teacher taught all eight grades. Her accounts of daily activities, like making the trip to Oakland through the “old” tunnel, give us a sense of how different, and how challenging, life in this area was a century ago.