Category Archives: George Whittell

Incident at Billy Grosskurth's Hotel: Part III

On New Years Eve 1934 the superrich, eccentric George Whittell slipped into his chauffeur-driven automobile and began the bumpy ride from his Woodside estate, where at least one lion roamed about, and headed over a squiqqly road to the Coastside, … Continue reading

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Incident at Billy Grosskurth's Hotel: Part II

Through his ties to the entertainment industry, Moss Beach hotel owner Billy Grosskurth met lots of eccentric characters but the red-haired Woodside millionaire George Whittell may have been the strangest of them all. Perhaps the men became acquainted in Oakland. … Continue reading

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Heady Times At Billy Grosskurth's Hotel: Part I

Photo: Marine View Tavern By 1934 Prohibition had ended, and now that it was legal to drink booze in Half Moon Bay roadhouses, people stopped coming to the Coastside. Instead attention turned to the Bay Meadows Race Track in San … Continue reading

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