Category Archives: John Vonderlin

John Vonderlin: 1850s: Pigeons at Pigeon Point? Maybe…Maybe Not

Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Pigeons at Pigeon Point? Maybe…Maybe Not Hi June, I was able to find the source of the suggestion that Pigeon Point might have been named for pigeons, rather then the wreck of the … Continue reading

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Did the Mysterious Mr. Mullen Become Pescadero’s Richest Man?

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net)   “Did Edward Mullen Become Pescadero’s Richest Man?” Hi June,  Here’s what seemed at first to be a non-interesting article about a resident of Pescadero who is never mentioned in the history books. … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: Who Came Up with the Carrier Pigeon Point? I want to know…

Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net)  I had mentioned in an earlier posting that somebody, somewhere, had written that somebody had thought that the name for Pigeon Point might not originate from the wreck of the Carrier Pigeon on … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: The Sea Gilly and the Gazos

Story by John  Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, I found the source for the alternate version of the origin of the name of Gazos Canyon. My previous understanding was based on the Gazos Canyon guided tour we went on. During which, a rhetorical … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: Sea Serpents, Now and Then

Hi June, My weekly visit to Invisible Beach, was somewhat disheartening. Though any R & R from the pressure cooker demands of caregiving to the extremely vulnerable is welcomed, the continued inactivity at Neptune’s Vomitorium isn’t. The sand is actually … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: Meet Josiah P. Ames

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June,   Here’s a biography of Josiah P. Ames, from “The History of San Mateo” book on Archives.org.   Hon. J. P. Ames. The following narrative of the life of one of … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: Part 2: Pescadero’s Oil Potential

Part II Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June,    This is Leon Harnett’s second installment in his evaluation of the potential ol wealth of the Coastside. It was published in “The Daily Alta” on December 2nd, 1865. … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: 1865 Article Raises Big Hopes for Oil in Pescadero

Part I Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June,    This is an amazing article from the July 28th, 1865, issue of “The Daily Alta.”  Having lived one summer in the wilds on the Mattole River, just north … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: Willowside Dairy: Yesterday and Today

Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, This is an excerpt from the 1883 “History of San Mateo,” book available for reading or downloading at Archive.org. There is a section in the book covering the dairies of San … Continue reading

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1896: Lobitas, Lobitos, Lobetus…Let’s call the whole thing off…

Hi June,    This brief article from the March 3rd, 1896, issue of “The Call,” is a small piece of the puzzle of the history of oil production on the Coastside. Besides providing a date and a few names to research (Langley … Continue reading

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