Category Archives: Lizzie McCormick

1951: "Ma Frey": Bartendress & Hotel owner's daughter (4)

Lizzie McCormick, the hotel owner’s daughter married Herman Frey, the town constable and owner of the Elkhorn Saloon. For ten years the happy couple lived at Lobitos*. During that time the ship ‘Colombia‘ ran aground and broke-up near Pescadero. The … Continue reading

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1951: "Ma Frey": Bartendress & Hotel owner's daughter (3)

One of the famous landmarks in Pescadero was (and is) “Lincoln Hill,” on the south side of the town. “I’ve been on it enough,” Ma Frey, who tooled around in a 1935 Ford, said. “When I was a kid, we … Continue reading

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1951: "Ma Frey": Bartendress & Hotel owner's daughter (2)

Here it was, 1951, and Ma Frey complained that the only remaining celebration in town was the annual three-day Portuguese Chamarita festival. “I suppose I’ll march in the parade,” she agreed. “I remember when I used to dance three nights … Continue reading

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1951: "Ma Frey": Bartendress & Hotel owner's daughter

[I wrote this in 1993] One of my favorite Pescadero characters is Lizzie McCormick Frey (affectionately known as “Ma Frey,” pronounced “Fry”). But I never met her. Yet I can almost hear the bespectacled 70-year-0ld widow chatting –in her trademark, … Continue reading

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