Monthly Archives: November 2006

Was The Shingle King Murdered? Part V

[This is part Five of a story about Purdy Pharis, who became famous as the Coastside's "Shingle King"--and whose cause of death is debated to this day. In Part IV, we ended with the successful Purdy Pharis surviving hard luck … Continue reading

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Old Moss Beach Schoolhouse

Photo: Don Torre (please click on photo to enlarge) From the archives of the San Mateo County History Museum [filed under Margaret Kyne] located in the Redwood City Courthouse. “… In 1890 a new one-room school was built in Sunshine … Continue reading

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Was The Shingle King Murdered? Part IV

The Shingle King lived off Starr Hill Road on the rim of the Corte Madera Canyon. To the west the rustic house featured spectacular far-off views of the Pacific Ocean–and to the northeast, glimpses of San Francisco. Purdy Pharis’ friends, … Continue reading

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Entrance To The "Magical Forest" at Moss Beach

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Bits of News From The Coastside Comet, February 4, 1916

Photo: Coastside Comet office Captain Hank Westfeldt–former deep sea fisherman, contracted with A. Cabari of the Princeton Inn to establish a steam launch at Princeton for tourists and fishing parties. Charges will be $1 with free bait. [Note: Pete Douglas … Continue reading

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I Drive To Bonny Doon

Did I tell you Burt and I drove through Bonny Doon a couple of weeks ago, you know, where they make the delicious wine? I hadn’t been there in many years and what stuck in my mind was apple trees, … Continue reading

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Favorite Commercials

I love these tv commercials, maybe you do, too. One of the reasons is the very cool music that accompanies 1. The Caveman Geico ad, the one where he’s on the moving “sidewalk” at the airport. Song is “Remind Me”, … Continue reading

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Was The Shingle King Murdered? Part III

Hatch’s Mill, circa 1910. Photo: Ken Fisher “The Purisima” (pardon me for spelling two different ways: Purissima, now Purisima) is located south of Half Moon Bay and west of present day tree-lined Skyline Blvd near somewhat remote Kings Mountain. Purdy … Continue reading

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Was The Shingle King Murdered? Part II

It was the fall of 1853, and the stunning madrone trees’ berries were turning red when Purdy Pharis first set foot on Kings Mountain. According to legend, he lost his way hiking in the trail-less forest. After wandering about all … Continue reading

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Was The Shingle King Murdered? Part I

In 1884 a coroner’s jury determined that Sheldon Purdy Pharis had taen his own life at his Kings Mountain home–but some friends and neighbors remained skeptical, suspecting that the 55-year-old “Shingle King” actually might have been murdered. At the time … Continue reading

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