A small house with a fence in front of it

Valentine-Mason House, 1972. (Kelley House Collection, Kelley House Photographs)

In the Spring of 1941, Frank and Anne Valentine began construction on this home, located on the northeast corner of Little Lake and Ford Streets. Mrs. Valentine’s father, Carl Sorensen of Oakland, was in charge of the construction work. In April, a concrete foundation was poured.

Anne was the Home Economics teacher at Mendocino High School for many years. From 1959 to 1979, Anne and Frank owned and operated Valentine’s Motel (later Valentine’s Lodge) just north of town.

By September, the Beacon reported that their new home was nearing completion. John Burbeck had just finished building a fireplace and chimney, and shingles were being put on the roof.

Small house with trees on either side and a white fence in front

Valentine-Mason House, November 2021

Frank and Anne sold this home to Earl and Bertha Mason in 1963.

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