Monthly Archives: August 2008

What’s in a South Coast Name? John Vonderlin Dissects ‘The Notch’

Story by John Vonderlin Email John ([email protected]) Hi June, It took a while for me ┬áto warm up to “The Notch’s,” name. It didn’t seem to measure up to its neighbor’s monikers. To the south there was the rebellious, psychedlic … Continue reading

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‘The Notch’ Gets to Know John Vonderlin & Friends

Story/photos by John Vonderlin Email John ([email protected]) Hi June, A couple of days ago I agreed to meet Larry and Meg at the rappel site on the blufftop above Acid Beach Cove, hoping to continue our exploration of this incredible … Continue reading

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Go on a new adventure with John Vonderlin

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Levy Brothers Built a Small Empire of General Stores (7)

Several years later, the last Levy brother, Armand, arrived in Half Moon Bay. This time both Emma (wife of Adrien) and Josephine (wife of Joe) conspired to persuade their third sister, Natalie, to visit them on the Coastside for six … Continue reading

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Levy Brothers Built a Small Empire of General Stores (6)

Joe Levy was 30 years-old, with a dozen years experience as a merchant. Now he and his brothers were Pescadero’s leading businessmen. The folks who could, came to the general store in the village; those who lived further out in … Continue reading

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Levy Brothers Built a Small Empire of General Stores (5)

I wrote this in 1977. All research for this story was done at the San Mateo County History Museum, Redwood City. While Joe Levy wed Hannah Maria Walker [daughter of Half Moon Bay’s prominent druggist, Samuel Walker], his brother Fernand … Continue reading

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Levy Brothers Built a Small Empire of General Stores (4)

Instead of closing down the store in Half Moon Bay, the Levys took alternative action. Joe rode to San Francisco where he kept an appointment with Daniel T. Murphy [of Murphy & Grant, a dry goods dealer]. As young Joe … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin and the PurplePeople Talk GeoCache

Below: John Vonderlin’s message to the PurplePeople PurplePeople, While doing some onsite exploring and photographing for a story I am writing about Coburn’s Folly, I noticed an odd colored(for that area)rock and discovered the geocache you created. A websearch easily … Continue reading

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Levy Brothers Built a Small Empire of General Stores (3)

The hardworking farmers, who accounted for the majority of Levy Brothers’ best customers, suffered most. Those who lived farthest from town paid what they owed once or twice a year when they sold their crops. n the past, these farmers … Continue reading

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Rock Stacking on the South Coast

Photo by John Vonderlin Email John ([email protected])

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