For this episode of Stories from The Point, we hear from Mid Dornan, the president of the Point Richmond History Association. If I were reading this, I’d expect – after clicking the play button below – to hear stories about early Point Richmond. She did indeed share those types of stories.
At 90 years old, Mid is living history. She is a woman who has lived here in The Point since 1946. She has also written a book on the history of the Methodist Church in Point Richmond. Her in-laws had lived here since the early 1900s and owned and operated one of Richmond’s oldest and longest running businesses. To be sure, I got many great stories. And I will get those stories out at some point, but you will not hear them in this episode. Rather, I was so touched that Mid also shared with me some personal stories about meeting her husband and his untimely death that I really wanted to share them first.
I did try mixing the two together. But it just didn’t feel right to me to put these more personal thoughts with other, often humorous accounts. For example, I really enjoyed a tale Mid told me of an early Methodist minister and his attempts to baptize a parishioner by emersion in the Bay during low tide. It was equally awkward to try adding in any of her stories about her in-laws who started the Richmond Supply Company in 1909.
Again, rest assured I have those recorded and will release them in a future episode. In the mean time, here is a more personal audio postcard from Mid. Perhaps next time you drive through the Ferry Point Tunnel, which immediately exits onto Dornan Drive, you will have a stronger connection to its namesake and take pause.
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Visit the Point Richmond History Association online: www.alkos.com/prha/