Category Archives: John Vonderlin

John Vonderlin "Bide-a-wee-ed" in Pesky-by-the-Sea

Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, It wasn’t my regular time off from my caregiving commitment, but with a little horsetrading I was able to use a few hours to zip out to the Native Sons Hall … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: Sympathy for the poor snails on the Cowell Trail

Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, Here’s a bit of silliness about something I’ve never witnessed before. It’s funny how a pod of beached whales, slowly dying in a hostile environment, will bring out hordes of volunteers … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: Pioneer Sawmills…another first for San Mateo?

Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net\ Pioneer Sawmills Hi June, A while ago I posted some excerpts from the old history books that seemed to lean towards Dennis Martin constructing the first sawmill in San Mateo County, rather then Charles … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: 1860s: The Frustration of the Gazos

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, Here’s a little more info on the beach traverse that was necessary at Waddell Beach for so long. This excerpt from the January 20th, 1865 issue of the Pajaro Times, a … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: Whale Fall

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) WHALE FALL Hi June,       This is an odd and virtually unknown claim to fame for Ano Nuevo Island and the Coastside. Twenty years ago a fossilized whale was found, excavated and removed from … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: 1863: Colorful Character Isaac Graham knew Daniel Boone

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) 1863 Daily Alta Obituary Death or an Old Resident.— Captain Isaac Graham, an old mountaineer, trapper and Indian fighter, and one of the earliest pioneers of this State, died last evening in this … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: Loma Mar—"Say What?"

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, After the discovery that the “Leathers and Rags” secret society was formed in Loma Mar; it only seems right that Pescadero should have had its own cabal. Now admittedly, a secret … Continue reading

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