Monthly Archives: July 2007

1945: Margaret Quinlan, Pioneer Coastsider

(Photo courtesy Spanishtown Historical Society. Visit the SHS on Johnston Street, east of the shops on historic Main St, Half Moon Bay.) I can’t help but notice Tom Quinlan’s name proudly emblazoned on his buiding, his business. He was “the … Continue reading

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"Mystery of Half Moon Bay" is Online

Click on the link below to view the 60-minute Coastside documentary (1981.) Mystery of Half Moon Bay

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What I'm Reading…

Not only is it thought-provoking to re-visit the short, intense lives of murdered President JFK and his Attorney General brother RFK– but there are many “I didn’t know that” moments in this book by David Talbot, the founder of San … Continue reading

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In Rome, Whenever They Dig Around, They Find A Villa…

Like this ancient, ruined Roman villa found three meters (10 feet) below the construction site. I’m told the stones are quite beautiful although you cannot see it in this photo.

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1924: Moss Beach Postmaster R.Guy Smith

        Photo: In 1924 the Committee of California Postmasters met in San Jose. L-R: George Hughes, San Bruno; J.E. Cawgill, San Carlos; Charles A. French, Brentwood, and R. Guy Smith, Moss Beach. 1970: Longtime Coastside Postmaster Suicide … Continue reading

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1962: When Half Moon Bay Was A Very Small Town…

From the Half Moon Bay Review, 1962 “Coastside People View Program on Alcatraz Island” “Helping to whoop it up recently at the Alcatraz Island Frontier Nite were many citizens from the coastside, all guests of Mrs. Anne Howe, proprietor of … Continue reading

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Long Gone: Rod's Crab Pot

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We Went To A Wedding in Kauai: Meet Danielle

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The "old" Coastside where everybody talked Italian (7)

But the Depression didn’t stop Rina and Italo Pacini from having good times. On Sunday nights their friends congregated at a ranch house belonging to Dante Dianda and John Patroni. “There was no television, no radio. We made our own … Continue reading

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The "old" Coastside where everybody talked Italian (6)

Rina remembered that “the artichokes were really beautiful then, not like they are nowadays. The ground was virgin,” she explained. “It was beautiful. You didn’t have to spray. My father never sprayed. We used horse manure, no tractors, just four … Continue reading

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