Monthly Archives: March 2009

John Vonderlin: Mystery Redwood Log Bridge

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, You ever hear of Cerritos Creek Bridge? Enjoy. John Remarkable Bridge It Crosses Cerritos Creek Not Far From San Gregorio One of the most remarkable wooden bridges ever built in California, … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: Where in the world is Bellevale?

[Image: The Bellevale Post Office. Photo by Moss Beach Postmaster R. Guy Smith] Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, While looking through old newspapers online I came on an ad that mentioned the stage stopping at La Honda, … Continue reading

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Jane Schlager: My Great-Great Grandfather, Samuel Bean, built the Presbyterian Church

Dear June, I was wondering if you have any information on the builder, Samuel Bean.  I was told that my family “sailed around the horn”, settling in the Redwood City area in 1849.  I was told he built the Presbyterian … Continue reading

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1896: John Vonderlin's grateful "Colombia Cove" didn't stick

Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, You might want to add this story from the July 19th, 1896  issue of the San Francisco Call to your Colombia shipwreck info collection. I’ve got a few others I’ll send … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin Sheds New Light on Gordon's Chute

Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, The “Chronicling America” website at the Library of Congress is down temporarily, but the California Newspaper Archive is back online. I’ll get back in there soon as we are winding down … Continue reading

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1894: Henry Cowell Files// "Maria Major Vanishes. With the baby. Was it foul play?" asks John Vonderlin

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, This is the next chapter in the Cowell/Majors Breach of Contract dispute. It appeared in “The Morning Call,” issue of December 23rd, 1894. Things are not looking good for Antonia. Enjoy. … Continue reading

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Alligator Rock Opens the Door to the South Coast

Story/Photos by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, Here’s a story from the March 2nd, 1902 issue of “The San Francisco Call,” that deals with the treacherous passage around “Cape Horn,” as the spot at Alligator Rock, San Mateo’s … Continue reading

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Henry Cowell File: The Cowells and the Castros, A true California story….

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, With the Cowell/Purisima Coastal Trail set to open this Spring this juicy little story about one of the heirs of the Cowell Family seems timely. I have at least one sequel … Continue reading

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Henry Cowell File: Surprise Wedding (Story from John Vonderlin)

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, While this brings to a close, at least as far as I can find in the old San Francisco newspapers, this sad dispute, there is the untold story of the Cowells’,  … Continue reading

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WAS BLACK GOLD FOUND AT BEAN HOLLOW? …..Story from John Vonderlin

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, I’m going to build one of these contraption (per description) as a piece of Marine Debris artplay. My belief is that there is virtually no gold on Bean Hollow Beach and … Continue reading

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