Felton History: 1920’s? Borland Truck

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.

Borland truck and driver/worker near Felton, circa 1920’s? Courtesy of Carol Harrington.

 

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Felton History: 1951 – Little Miss Timber Day (3 photos)

Photo #1:

Little Miss Timber Days, Jeannette Thompson, photo 1951:

Sept. 16, 1951 Santa Cruz Sentinel. Little Miss Timber photo. Courtesy Randall Brown.

Sept. 16, 1951 Santa Cruz Sentinel. Little Miss Timber photo. Courtesy Randall Brown.

Photo #2:

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.

1948 Pattie Dee (Klein’s) Style Shop. Hwy 9, south Felton.

Photo #3:

Patsy (Klein) Wright’s “foreign make” car.

Patsy (Klein) Wright's car. Courtesy of Patsy Wright.

Patsy (Klein) Wright’s car. Courtesy of Patsy Wright.

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Felton History: Rideout Ranch Series – Early 1900’s

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.

Rideout Ranch, Felton. About 1912. Courtesy of Carol Harrington.

Rideout Ranch. Courtesy of Randall Brown.

1937 Rideout Ranch ad. Courtesy of Randall Brown.

Rideout Ranch, Felton. Circa 1912. Courtesy of Carol Harrington.

Rideout Ranch, Felton. Circa 1912. Courtesy of Carol Harrington.

1937 article about Rideout Ranch, Courtesy of Randall Brown.

1937 article about Rideout Ranch, Courtesy of Randall Brown.

Rideout Ranch property, circa early 1900's. Courtesy of Carol Harrington.

Rideout Ranch property, circa early 1900’s. Courtesy of Carol Harrington.

1906-1907 News briefs about Rideout Ranch, Felton. Courtesy of Randall Brown.

1906-1907 News briefs about Rideout Ranch, Felton. Courtesy of Randall Brown.

Rideout Ranch building, Felton. Courtesy of Carol Harrington.

Rideout Ranch building, Felton. Courtesy of Carol Harrington.

Press Banner article by Derek Whaley.

Press Banner article by Derek Whaley.

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Felton History: 1960’s Bob Judd Quartet at Costella’s

Joseph Di Benedetto, who played drums in the band has kindly sent a photo of the band that was in this Costella’s ad circa 1960’s. Scroll down to see photo. Thanks Joseph!

Costella’s Ad:

Costella's Chalet ad. 1960's. Courtesy of Jo Chaney.

Costella’s Chalet ad. 1960’s. Courtesy of Jo Chaney.

Photo of Bob Judd Band:

Bob Judd Band at Costella's. L to R: Don Rutter played Cord-a-vox, Ernie High on string bass, Joseph Di Benedetto, drums and Bob Judd far right. 1960's. Courtesy Joseph Di Benedetto.

Bob Judd Band at Costella’s. L to R: Don Rutter played Cord-a-vox, Ernie High on string bass, Joseph Di Benedetto, drums and Bob Judd far right. 1960’s. Courtesy Joseph Di Benedetto.

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Zayante/Lompico: 1920’s Photo

Photo Courtesy of Randall Brown:

What's now Zayante Rd at Graham Hill Rd? Circa 1920's.

What’s now Zayante Rd at Graham Hill Rd? Circa 1920’s.

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Ronnie Trubek Solves Decades Old Mystery!

Local Historian and Realtor Ronnie Trubek has solved a mystery that has plagued Valley residents for close to a century. The photo of Policeman Doc Capelli on his motorcycle, circa 1920’s, (courtesy of Carol Harrington) was thought to be taken in either Felton or Santa Cruz, but no one knew for sure. Many experts were consulted and several possibilities were brought forth, including Boulder Creek. But where exactly WAS Doc when this photo was taken? Enter well known and highly respected local Historian Ronnie Trubek. “I am certain that the porch overhang supports are the same as your photo shows”, says Trubek, also noting an obvious safety hazard common in many Valley homes. Trubek suggests, “maybee we oughta add a railing to keep folks from fallin’ down our stairs”. Darn good advice, in this reporter’s opinion! Shown below are the two photos, that appear to confirm Trubeks‘ astute observation and solves the mystery once and for all. Behind Doc is Felton’s Grand Central Hotel (now the corner of Hwy 9 and Felton Empire Rd.) Thanks Ronnie!

Photo #1:

Policeman Doc Capelli on his motorcycle. Felton's Grand Central Hotel in background, per Ronnie Trubek. Photo Courtesy of Carol Harrington.

Policeman Doc Capelli on his motorcycle. Felton’s Grand Central Hotel in background, per Ronnie Trubek. Photo Courtesy of Carol Harrington.

Photo #2 Courtesy Ronnie Trubek:

Felton's Grand Central Hotel. Courtesy of the Ronnie Trubek Collection.

Felton’s Grand Central Hotel. Courtesy of the Ronnie Trubek Collection.

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Felton: Post Office – circa 1930’s

Unidentified photo of woman and child in front of Felton Post Office, circa 1930’s?

Felton Post Office, circa 1930's. Courtesy of Carol Harrington.

Felton Post Office, circa 1930’s. Courtesy of Carol Harrington. People unidentified.

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