Category Archives: Moss Beach

The Sylvia Parker Story: Early Moss Beach

[Image below. The Moss Beach Gas Station (that stood on the east side of Hwy 1) Mrs. Parker refers to in her letter. My neighbor, Mrs. Pacini, a longtime Coastsider, now in her 90s, believes some of her relatives are … Continue reading

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Lizzie Wienke's Story (5) Conclusion!

I wrote this in 1999. Lizzie and George Kneese became a formidable duo, winning elections, and wielding political power in the county for a decade. But the power came at a price as each day brought skirmishes with political foes. … Continue reading

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Lizzie Wienke's Story (4)

I wrote this in 1999. [Do you have a photo of Elizabeth Wienke? of Joe Nash? Please contact me: (june@halfmoonbaymemories.com) Lizzie Wienke Nash was 35- years-old when she was appointed to serve out her deceased husband’s term, the first woman … Continue reading

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Lizzie Wienke's Story (4)

Lizzie and Joe Nash’s Short Life Together & Some Things Never Change After the 1906 earthquake and fire, bids were put out for repairs to the damaged Redwood City Courthouse. The board of supervisors awarded the contract to the J.J. … Continue reading

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Lizzie Wienke's Story (3)

I wrote this in 1999. Lizzie Wienke, the most popular teacher in San Mateo County, meets Joe Nash, the well-liked County Clerk. Like Lizzie, Joe Nash was a “true Coastsider.” Although born in San Rafael, Joe and his family moved … Continue reading

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Lizzie Wienke's Story (2)

Lizzie Wienke’s first job was teaching at the Montara Point School. The position earner her local celebrity status, and in the early 1900s she was invited to read the Declaration of Independence at an annual Fourth of July celebration held … Continue reading

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Lizzie Wienke's Story: From Coastside Teacher to County Politician (1)

I wrote this in 1999. Lizzie Wienke followed in the footsteps of her dad, the “mayor” of Moss Beach In the 1890s the guests came from all over to enjoy the Moss Beach Hotel, and they were enchanted by Elizabeth … Continue reading

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Remembering Dan's Motel & Restaurant: Story by Elaine M. Teixeira, with Lena Parks***

(In this photo you can see the sign for “Dan’s Place which was located on the hill [look for the big windows] overlooking Moss Beach. Remembering Dan’s Place Story by¬† Elaine M. Teixeira, with Lena Parks*** The Bortolotti family moved … Continue reading

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1930s: Lillian Renard Tells Us What It Was Like Working At The Moss Beach Post Office

[Photo: Lillian Renard at Half Moon Bay Joe's Restaurant] A Typical Day working at the Moss Beach Post Office in the 1930s Story by Lillian Renard When I graduated from the Half Moon Bay High School in 1931, I was … Continue reading

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Coastside WWII: "We did see lots of convoys, army trucks," says Elaine Martini Teixeira,

a child at the time. Elaine lived with her family in Moss Beach near Sunshine Valley Road (the lovely “connector” road between Montara and Moss Beach.) Dad owned a bar frequented by the sailors at the nearby naval station. Mom … Continue reading

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