Category Archives: Prohibition

Prohibition and the Great Depression

Great Depression & Prohibition Burt and I were talking about the repeal of Prohibition, the 18th Amendment, in 1933, a year when the Great Depression was roaring. On the Coastside, the end of Prohibition instantly put a lot of rumrunners … Continue reading

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Who Lived in the El Granada Bathhouse during Prohibition?

Who lived in the El Granada Bathhouse during Prohibition? Story & photos by June Morrall. Bathhouse photo courtesy Redwood City Main Library. S I didn’t know anyone had actually lived in the El Granada Bathhouse–and used it as a home. … Continue reading

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Now we know who lived in the El Granada Bathhouse during Prohibition…

The Bathhouse at El Granada beach was built during the Ocean Shore Railroad era, in anticipation of serving beach-going visitors, but when the iron road failed, the Bathhouse became home for the Mearini family. This is the first I’d heard … Continue reading

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When Rumrunners Ruled (Conclusion)

All along Paul Pane had been amused that officials could not find him. No wonder. Since the 1924 raid at Ano Nuevo, south of Pescadero, Pane had been working in a restaurant located directly across the street from the San … Continue reading

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When Rumrunners Ruled (Part 4)

(Princeton-by-the-Sea) “We not only learned enough to uncover one of the biggest bootleg rings in the country,â€? boasted Mobile Prohibition Supervisor John Exnicios, “but we also have the names of all of the prominent members of the ring.â€? Leaked to … Continue reading

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When Rumrunners Ruled (Part 3)

Three years earlier, in 1921, Paul Pane and Tom Murphy began their bootlegging operations at Princeton-by-the-Sea, some four miles north of Half Moon Bay. With the collapse of the Ocean Shore Railroad, Princeton was a failed resort and some residents … Continue reading

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When Rumrunners Ruled (Part 2)

It was dark and the bootlegger Paul Pane was standing with his men on an isolated beach near Ano Nuevo. His job was to signal the Canadian vessel, Prince Albert, with a flashlight, using a special code to give the … Continue reading

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When Rumrummers Ruled (Part I)

(Photo: The pier at Princeton-by-the-Sea) When the San Mateo County Coastside was identified as a major depot of smuggled Canadian whiskey during Prohibition., pioneer liquor buccaneers Paul Rubio Pane and Thomas Murphy called themselves exporters—but they were hardened professional bootleggers … Continue reading

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John Patroni Was Princeton's "Padrone" During Prohibition Part II

In an earlier post I wrote about Mario Vellutini who worked for John Patroni, also known as “Big Daddy”. Patroni owned the aptly named Patroni House, a prohibition roadhouse that once stood where the Half Moon Bay Brewery is located … Continue reading

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Princeton's John Patroni Was Princeton's "Padrone" During Prohibition

Mario Vellutini in the front yard of his El Granada home. I used to watch Mario Vellutini bending over in the fields bordering Highway 1 in El Granada. That’s where wild daisies the color of butter grew in abundance, waist-high. … Continue reading

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