Monthly Archives: May 2009

It's "Bio Week"at Pescaderomemories.com–

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net Let’s begin with businessman John Garretson  Hi June,   I thought this biographical sketch from the 1883 “History of San Mateo County,” on Archive.org might be useful to accompany Sigma’s latest correspondence that … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: First Sawmill in San Mateo County

Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June,    The excerpts below aren’t strictly Coastside related, but I find them  interesting for several reasons. One is it that they seem to contradict somewhat the info that is on the historical marker on Portola … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: Meet Josiah P. Ames

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June,   Here’s a biography of Josiah P. Ames, from “The History of San Mateo” book on Archives.org.   Hon. J. P. Ames. The following narrative of the life of one of … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: Part 2: Pescadero's Oil Potential

Part II Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June,    This is Leon Harnett’s second installment in his evaluation of the potential ol wealth of the Coastside. It was published in “The Daily Alta” on December 2nd, 1865. … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: 1865 Article Raises Big Hopes for Oil in Pescadero

Part I Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June,    This is an amazing article from the July 28th, 1865, issue of “The Daily Alta.”  Having lived one summer in the wilds on the Mattole River, just north … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: Willowside Dairy: Yesterday and Today

Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, This is an excerpt from the 1883 “History of San Mateo,” book available for reading or downloading at Archive.org. There is a section in the book covering the dairies of San … Continue reading

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1896: Lobitas, Lobitos, Lobetus…Let's call the whole thing off…

Hi June,    This brief article from the March 3rd, 1896, issue of “The Call,” is a small piece of the puzzle of the history of oil production on the Coastside. Besides providing a date and a few names to research (Langley … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: 1902: Black Gold Gusher….

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June,    Here’s an article from the June 6th, 1902 issue of “The Call,” that undoubtedly helped drive the “Black Gold Fever,” that gripped the local area and the nation at this … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: The Oil Field in the Redwoods of La Honda

Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June,    Meg was reading the thick and slick, years-in-the-making Draft Report from Mid-Pen about their decades long future development plans for the La Honda properties and noticed a paucity of information about … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: What happened next….Sisyphus Has Some Allies….

Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) First Read John’s “The Good, The Bad, and the Just Plain Old Ugl Sisyphus Has Some Allies Hi June,    I returned today to Tunitas Beach to see if I could do something … Continue reading

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