Monthly Archives: September 2006

Bank of Half Moon Bay

Photo: courtesy Spanishtown Historical Society, the SHS operates a small museum on Johnston St. Check with the HMB Chamber of Commerce for the schedule.

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Rancheros Sought Safety On The Coastside (1840s) Part IV

(Photo: The Johnston House before it was restored. The historic house is open to the public–check with the HMB Chamber of Commerce for the schedule). Few, if anyone, had managed to maneuver wheeled vehicles of any kind over that mountainous … Continue reading

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“Hi June…I ran into Burt the other day in Burlingame and he told me about your site…Very Nice! I have been metal detecting above Surfer’s Beach on the freshly mowed bluffs and am constantly coming up with lead cargo seals … Continue reading

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Peter Adams writes…

dear june, sure is fun checking in with your wonderful site. keep on keeping the coastal memories alive and kickin’. just saw my name mentioned in a complementary context — thank you, fayden! anyone remember orville, the ex-seal and appliance … Continue reading

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We Hear From Fayden, The HMB Man Who Drinks Too Much Coffee

Photo: Poodle, is that a black cat, too?– and Belinda with Fayden. Photo: courtesy Fayden Hi June! Just busy fixing, building, being a grandpa, being a dad, being a husband, being a good worker, being being being etc. (Baba Ram … Continue reading

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Rancheros Sought Safety On The Coastside (1840s) Part III

< <img id="image1052" src="http://www.halfmoonbaymemories.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/09/miramontes.jpg" alt="miramontes.jpg" Photo: The Miramontes Family "The rancheros felt safe but life did not go smoothly. While Miramontes, for example, maintained excellent relations with Vasquez and Guerrero, he had trouble with Jose Alivso, his neighbor to the … Continue reading

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In Defense of Old Houses (And A Note of Sad News)

Got an email from Greg Faris* citing the current status of 639 Santiago in El Granada–an historic home listed in Barbara Vanderwerf’s** book, “Granada, A Synonym for Paradise”. ” …It [639 Santiago] is set to be demolished in November unless … Continue reading

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Rancheros Sought Safety On The Coastside (1840s) Part II

The boundary line between the two ranchos was Medio Creek, which runs through present-day Miramar, later the locatio of a busy 19th century wharf were steamers docked. Guerrero and Vasquez were acquainted with Candelario Miramontes. When Miramontes applied for a … Continue reading

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Wilkinson School: News Update: Open House This Weekend

Ed Wilkinson says: “Our daughter Sara, her husband and children have moved to Yakima, Washington where Sahl is starting a new career as a firefighter. Their house is now on the market. You can see it at the Open House … Continue reading

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Rancheros Sought Safety On The Coastside (1840s) Part I

Photo: Rancho Corral de Tierra, courtesy San Mateo County The Coastside rancheros found San Francisco a dangerous place to live in the 1840s. Political turmoil permeated the air–the United States was preparing for war with Mexico–and California was the ultimate … Continue reading

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