Monthly Archives: July 2009

1923: "Sound Cannons to Patrol Coast Seeking Rum Boats"

March, 1923, from the “Coastside Comet” “Sound Canons to Patrol Coast Seeking Rum Boats” “The rum runners of the San Mateo county coast and points north and south are to have a real run for their alleged contraband cargoes, with … Continue reading

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1927: "Save the Princeton Beach"

1927: “Save the Princeton Beach” from the “Half Moon Bay Review” “There is one of the prettiest and best and safest for bathing on the Pacific Coast in front of Granada and Princeton, that is very likely to be lost … Continue reading

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Gray Gardner: When My Girl Joined the Circus Is A Country Western Song

[Image: “The Circus: 1870-1950,” book by Noel Daniel, published by Taschen} Dear June, I have to make sure that this is about the “Humor of the Situation,” and not about “Me Back in May of 1980.” Here’s the true story … Continue reading

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Wild Daisies on the trail to Mavericks

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V. Early Saturday Morning:Low Tide/Big Waves at Mavericks

Scenes from what I saw this morning. Didn’t have rubber boots to wade out to the big rocks. I saw fishermen fishing for rock cod, a kayaker, who was heading for the big waves, lots of natural, beautiful stuff, a … Continue reading

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Jim Denniston: John Vonderlin's Favorite Pioneer

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, I’m beginning to think James Denniston is my favorite Half Moon Bay pioneer. Here’s four more newspaper stories about events related to him. The first is a mention of him being … Continue reading

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October 1921: Whale Washed Ashore Near Moss Beach

October 18, 1921 From a San Francisco newspaper “Whale Washed Ashore Near Moss Beach “A fifty-foot whale was driven ashore at Princeton-by-the-Sea, two miles south of here [Moss Beach] last night. The animal is stranded so high that spectators may … Continue reading

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1921: "Gigantic" Bootleg Ring Busted

From the Call, 1921 “Warrants were out today for the arrest of members of a gigantic bootleg ring whose operations extend from Vancouver to San Francisco, as a result of a confession obtained by John Exnicios, mobile prohibition supervisor, from … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: Fascinating Maps

Story  by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, No real story here, but I found the offshore maps I’ve attached interesting. I’m looking for some close onshore ones like that USGS at Maverick’s you linked to once. Also, do … Continue reading

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1928: Giovanni Patroni, (Patroni House Owner) Bio

Biography of Giovani Patroni, 1928 From “History of San Mateo County” by Roy Cloud Giovanni Patroni “Italy has sent some of her best citizens to this country and they have been important factors in the development and business prosperity of … Continue reading

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