Historical reference: the Great Depression was from 1929 to1933, and World War II was fought from 1939 to 1945)
Marilyn and Missy Hiatt attended Gaskill School in its original location. In 1944 Marilyn graduated from elementary school and continued her education at Cloverdale High School.
In 1936 a new stretch of Highway 101 was opened. The Cloverdale-to-Hopland bypass follows the Russian River. With traffic rerouted, business suffered and the Mountain House gas station was closed.
After the gas station was closed, EB’s son, GW Hiatt built a large garage with gasoline tanks in the back of the yard of the Victorian home. The foundation is all remains now. A shed to the west of the Victorian was used as the garage for Mary Hiatt’s car. (aerial photo #14) To the east of the Victorian house, Mary Hiatt had her vegetable garden.
During the years of WW II, one of the hired hands was drafted into the Army. Ed Haehl’s son, Eddie, who helped GW Hiatt around the ranch, went into the Air Force. It was during this time that Marilyn Hiatt stepped up and began driving teams of horses, milking the cows, and helping with general chores. Although she was able to drive a team of horses, Marilyn didn’t learn to drive a car until age 40.
In 1945 when Marilyn was just 13, she helped her father build two more bedrooms at the back (east side) of their home. Years later, after the Hiatt’s sold the property, the porch was enclosed.
At 18 years of age (1949), Marilyn Hiatt married and moved away from the property. Marilyn’s two children would come to visit their grandmother, Mary at the Victorian house, and on at least one occasion, stayed the summer.