I believe this photo of the old Felton Post Office was taken circa 1930’s and was next door to the original Roy’s market, which was across the street from the later Roy’s before New Leaf took over.
Old Felton Post office, circa 1930’s.
This 1904 receipt was sent to me by Carol Harrington, who is related to H.A. De Wald, purchaser of the bell for Felton School and long time Felton resident:
1904 receipt for Felton School bell, purchased by H. A. De Wald, long time Felton resident. Courtesy Carol Harrington.
I thought this comment from local historian Derek Whaley was interesting enough to post. Also check out his AWESOME website: http://www.santacruztrains.com/p/santa-cruz-rr.html
Highway 9 has never officially been called Big Trees Highway. In fact, it hasn’t even been called Highway 9 for very long. After it was bought by the county, it was either simply the “county road” or “San Lorenzo Drive”, which was split between “East San Lorenzo Drive” (now Graham Hill Road), and “West San Lorenzo Drive” (now Highway 9 between Felton and Santa Cruz). In Felton it was Baldwin Ave. In Boulder Creek, Main Street and, later, Central Ave. The road was only rerouted through Ben Lomond in the mid-1930s. I don’t know precisely when the highway was bought by the state, but it was originally a hodgepodge of local, county, and state roads that were all merged together and renamed Highway 9. Big Trees Highway was used by some marketers as a fanciful advertising gimmick, but it had no basis in official legal names.
Could this be Felton Grove or was there a Sycamore Grove Resort Camp somewhere off Hwy 9 near Felton? I’m including the front and back of this postcard with the hope that someone (Ronnie?) can also help me date the photo.
Sycamore Grove Resort Camp postcard, front. Courtesy of Dan Selling.
Back of Sycamore Grove Resort Camp postcard.
Story from reader Michael “Mickey” Barnhill:
I also went to Zayante school, my name is Michael Barnhill (a.k.a.) Mickey. I was born in 1941. So think I started school in 1947. I rember the janitor’s house burned down, and him & his wife were killed. . Then we were bused to a new school in Felton. But then my sister Dale Barnhill And I left Zayante, Dad reinelsted in the Navy & and we lived Hunters Point Naval Station, waiting on a ship to take us to Hiwaii. We were there about a year. I built a raft,cause I was getting bored waiting for the ship.As I was about to launch my sturdy vessel , I said goodby to family and friends. Told them I would meet them in Pearl Harbor, when they arrived.Needless to say they confiscated my Viking ship, made of an old door and some logs that washed ashore tightly cinched together with some Rotten Rope I found on the beach. They broke up my mighty vessel & sent the parts adrift.
Marjorie Wright, Zayante School 1945. Courtesy of Patsy Wright Collection.
Felton Historian, Randall Brown, told me this company, Borland, was big in the area. Can anyone tell me more or help me date the photo using the truck & clothing as hints? The back of the photo says, “near Felton”. Courtesy Carol Harrington:
Borland truck and driver/worker near Felton, circa 1920’s? Courtesy of Carol Harrington.
Little Miss Timber Days, Jeannette Thompson, photo 1951:
Sept. 16, 1951 Santa Cruz Sentinel. Little Miss Timber photo. Courtesy Randall Brown.
Pattie Dee Klein’s store on Hwy 9, South Felton, 1948. Courtesy Patsy (Klein) Wright.
1948 Pattie Dee (Klein’s) Style Shop. Hwy 9, south Felton.
Patsy (Klein) Wright’s “foreign make” car.
Patsy (Klein) Wright’s car. Courtesy of Patsy Wright.
A few months ago one of my readers, Carol Harrington, who has deep roots in Felton, started sending me some wonderful photos of Old Felton. In Sept. she sent some that had “Rideout Ranch” written on them. I’d never heard of it so I contacted 2 of my history buddies, Randall Brown and Derek Whaley. Randall sent me some wonderful info all about the place. Then Derek did some research. Here’s what one reader, a blogger (me) and two terrific local historians came up with when we collaborated:
Rideout Ranch, Felton. About 1912. Courtesy of Carol Harrington.
1937 Rideout Ranch ad. Courtesy of Randall Brown.
Rideout Ranch, Felton. Circa 1912. Courtesy of Carol Harrington.
1937 article about Rideout Ranch, Courtesy of Randall Brown.
Rideout Ranch property, circa early 1900’s. Courtesy of Carol Harrington.
1906-1907 News briefs about Rideout Ranch, Felton. Courtesy of Randall Brown.
Rideout Ranch building, Felton. Courtesy of Carol Harrington.
Press Banner article by Derek Whaley.