History of Millbrea, California
From: The Story of San Mateo County, California
By: Roy W. Cloud
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company.
Chicago, Ill 1928


A mile south of Lomita Park is situated the village of Millbrae, which has grown up around the property of Mr. D. O. Mills, one of the early California "backers" who settled upon the peninsula. Millbrae is the site of the business offices of the Spring Valley Water Company for San Mateo County and there is located also at this point a large porcelain manufacturing concern. Mills Field, San Francisco's municipal air field, is located just east of San Bruno and Lomita Park on the shore of the San Francisco Bay.

The school at Millbrae is situated on a hill back of the town and is a very beautiful little structure. The Millbrae Dairy, which is conducted on the Mills estate, for years was one of the largest milk producing institutions of California, and was noted for the up to date equipment which it contained, and the geography in use in the schools of California some twenty years ago pictured the dairyman as he milked the cows and put the milk into the pipes which took it to the cooling house and pasteurizing sheds some distance away. The Mills property is now held by Mrs. Whitelaw Reid, Mr. Mills' daughter, who resides in New York part of the year, but is in California for a great part of her time. Mrs. Reid is noted for her charities and the Mills Memorial Hospital of San Mateo, which she erected in memory of her father, is one of the best equipped places of its kind in the west.

The main distributing plant of the Spring Valley Water Company is located at Millbrae and is under the supervision of Mr. George J. Davis, who has charge of all of the peninsular activities of the big corporation which furnishes San Francisco with water. The lakes which belong to Spring Valley are west of Millbrae, Hillsborough, Burlingame and San Mateo, and are places of exceeding beauty.

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