Monthly Archives: April 2009

June 1919: Coburn Murder Still A Mystery

[Image of millionaire Pescadero landowner Loren Coburn]   From the Coastside Comet “Dr. W. A. Brook, as public administrator of San Mateo county, Monday, through Ross  & Ross, attorneys, filed a petition for special letters of administration in the state … Continue reading

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1905: John Vonderlin: Whoever has the Road has the Power (Political, I mean)

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June,   Here’s an interesting fork in the road in the history of Half Moon Bay’s development. This story is from the May 11th, 1905 issue of the “San Francisco Call.”  It … Continue reading

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Old Town, Kinnear & Pat Avila…Ring any Seashells ?

Storty from John Vonderlin’ Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net(SE i June,   This page I’ve attached ScreenShots of popped up when I was researching Gordon’s Chute (not a lot out there). It’s a geocities webpage. I’ve not been able to find out much … Continue reading

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1908: And the winner is….the guy who walked to Santa Cruz….

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) AND THE WINNING STORY IS: A WALK TO SANTA CRUZ Hi June,   This might be my new favorite travelogue to the Coastside. It reminds me of some ill-fated trips into the wilderness I had … Continue reading

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1863: John Vonderlin Asks: Really? Icky Cobbie-Webs Over San Gregorio

Hi June,    When I ran across this short article in the California Newspapers Archive, I was reminded of my first encounters with this subtle phenomena and the trouble I had convincing others I wasn’t imagining it. This report from the … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: Take me to the"Holy Well?"

  Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June,    This little description of one of the Pescadero region’s least known oddities of the mystical variety, “The Holy Well,”  is excerpted from  a very futuristic article that appeared in the … Continue reading

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1919: End of WWI: Motor Car Prices May Soar

From the San Francisco Call “Motor Car Prices May Soar” “Scarcity of Raw Materials May Prevail after War”            

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1872: ORANGE GROVES IN SAN GREGORIO?

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June,     San Gregorio rarely gets described in the travelogues in the old newspapers, but here’s an exception. This excerpt about the San Gregorio region appeared in an article in the July … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin Updates us on Neptune's Vomitoriums

“Also known as the Marine Debris Update:” Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal. net) Hi June,    Though  Neptune’s Vomitorium at Invisible Beach is starting to clear of sand slowly, (Only the top of the head of the “fish rock” … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: Buoys will be Buoys

From (Dr.) John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) The Year was 1892   Hi June,     This is from the July 21st, 1892 issue of “The Morning Call.” This story about the types and maintenance of shipping buoys along the West … Continue reading

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