Monthly Archives: May 2008

"Oldest" Tree in California?

While working on “The Coburn Mystery,” in the late 1980s, Carolyn Dias accompanied me on some car rides in and around Pescadero. She remarked that this tree on Pescadero Creek Road was the oldest in California. I wonder if it’s … Continue reading

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1870s: Pescadero Feed Mill, John Tufly, Prop.

From “The Illustrated History of San Mateo County,” Moore & DePue, 1878, reprinted in 1974 by Gilbert Richards, Woodside

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Is the Butano Dairy the Cloverdale Dairy?

Mike Merritt(MM): I do have a question about you latest posting of the Coburn Mystery. In chapter 44 you mention the how Coburn ran “the Butano Dairy with 100 milk cows and 50 head of cattle. There was a house, … Continue reading

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1870s: Ranch/Residence of John Mc Cormick, Pomponia Creek

From “The Illustrated History of San Mateo County,” Moore & DePue, 1878, reprinted in 1974 by Gilbert Richards, Woodside

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Still Unsolved: Mystery of AMBS Beach & Who Is Monty Parker?

If you know, please email John Vonderlin (benloudman@sbcglobal.net)

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The Coburn Mystery: Chapter 44

By June Morrall Wally Coburn was never going to work side-by-side with his millionaire landowner father; he had an illness, that, at the time, seemed incurable. But as often happens in life, fate intervened and presented Loren Coburn with another … Continue reading

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WWII on the Coastside

I posted a lengthy but interesting series of posts about WWII on the Coastside here: halfmoonbaymemories.com Because of the nature of posting, the last story in the “series” appears first and you have to read backwards. Here’s the last story, … Continue reading

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The Coburn Mystery: Chapter 43 (original ms.)

By June Morrall The Coburns Move Into the Town of Pescadero Up until the 1880s, the Coburn family had been residing near Pigeon Point. My research indicates that they lived on land near Pigeon Point called the “Butano Dairy.” All … Continue reading

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The Coburn Mystery: Chapter 42 (original manuscript)

By June Morrall A few hours after the brutal murder of Scotty Rae, a panel of Pescaderans was called to the official inquest organized by County Coroner Dr. Goodspeed. [We’ve talked about Goodspeed before; he was the man behind the … Continue reading

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I'm not sure I like "Sea Foam" Anymore

Story & photos by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) John’s photos below, of sea foam, wilt in comparison to the story quoted at the bottom of this post. You will not believe how huge sea foam can get, nearly swallowing … Continue reading

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