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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Barry's Bits and Upcoming Events

SF Call 15 Nov 1916


                        Sat, Oct 19, 2019 10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free
Researching Ancestors in Historical Events: 
A Salem Witch Trials Case Study
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back.


Melinda Kashuba

If your ancestor participated in or lived near the area of a major historical event, this talk will help you discover how to draw upon narratives penned by historians and other researchers to fill in your ancestor’s story. A case study on the Salem Witch Trials will highlight techniques that you can use for events in which your ancestor was involved. Melinda Kashuba holds a PhD in geography from UCLA and is a popular lecturer on many topics including American research and maps. 


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Sat, Nov 2, 2019 – FALL SEMINAR 
The Law, GPS Evidence, and DNA Ethics
9 am–3 pm. Members $50, Non-members $60. After Oct 25 Walk-ins, add $10. LDS Hall, 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park

Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist

Join us for a day of gaining insight about genealogy, more than you may have thought. Judy Russell is a genealogist with a law degree and one of the best thinkers and lecturers in the field. Her talks are delivered with good humor, perception, and thoughtful connections. She will address law in our ancestors’ time, conducting solid research, and ethics surrounding today’s DNA testing. 

Registration opened Aug 15 

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     Sat, Nov 23, 2019 10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free
Brick Wall Busters
 Techniques for Genealogical Success
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back.


Sharon Hoyt, CG  

No one method can address each and every brick wall problem, so we’ll cover several techniques to help you get unstuck and move your research forward. 



               Everyone is welcome at SMCGS events.     

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

SMC Newspapers: A List

This list is a work in progress.  It needs the collaboration of all those with a knowledge of the newspapers past and present of San Mateo County

Originally complied from the Library of Congress US Newspaper Directory it has been enhanced with miscellaneous other sources.  Linked titles go either to a blog post about that paper or to a current online newspaper.

For those newspapers that do not currently have online versions or a blog post, pointers to online digital images are noted if known.  LOC - Chronicling America  ANC- Ancestry  GB-Genealogy Bank

Advocate (San Mateo)
Almanac (Menlo Park) 199?
Banner (San Bruno) 1910
Beachcomer (HMB)
Belmont Courier Bulletin
Boutique and Villager (Burlingame) 1975
Brisbane Bee-Democrat 1961
Brisbane Byline 1950-1952
Brisbane Star 1939
Brisbane Sun 193?
Broadway Editor (Burlingame) 1944-1946
Burlingame Advance
Burlingame Herald 193?-1944
Burlingame Sun
Coast Advocate (HMB)1890-19?
Coast Advocate-Pennant (HMB)
Coast Side Comet (Moss Beach) 19?-1918
Coast Side News (Moss Beach)
Coastside Chronicle (San Bruno) 1959
Coastside Tribune (Sharp Park) -1959
Colma Record
Country Almanac (Portola Valley) 1965-
Daily Journal (online)
Daily News Leader (San Mateo) 1922-1926
Daly City Herald
Daly City Record
Daly City Shopping News
Daly City Tattler
Editor of Burlingame 1946-
Explanatory Globe (East Palo Alto)
Foster City Islander
Foster City Progress
Free Press (Redwood City)1893
Half Moon Bay Review
Half Moon Bay News 1922
Home Front News 1944-1946
Independent (Burlingame) 1998
Menlo-Atherton Recorder 1965
Menlo Park News
Menlo Park Gazette
Menlo Park Recorder
Millbrae Sun and Leader
Pacific States enterprise 187?
Pacifica Record
Pacifica Tidings and Sharp park Breakers 1957
Pacifica Tribune 1959
Peninsula Beacon
Peninsula Bulletin (East Palo Alto) 1967
Peninsula News (San Bruno) 1914
Pescadero Pebble
Ravenswood Post
Recorder-Progress (San Bruno)
Redwood City Almanac 1979
Redwood City Daily News 2000
Redwood City Daily Tribune
Redwood City Democrat
Redwood City Star
Redwood City Standard
San Bruno Herald and Peninsula News
San Bruno Progress 1946
San Bruno Recorder
San Bruno Union 193?
San Bruno Who's Who
San Carlos Courier Bulletin 1944-1952
San Carlos Enquirer 194?
San Mateo County News
San Mateo county Recorder 1933
San Mateo Daily Journal
San Mateo Leader ANC
San Mateo Post 1946 ANC
San Mateo Times ANC
Searchlight (Menlo Park) 1929
Shao Nian Zhongguo Shi Bao- New Cathay (Millbrae) 1991
Sharp Park Breakers and Pacific Tidings 1938-1957
South San Francisco Enterprise
South San Francisco Journal
South San Francisco News 189?
Star (Woodside) 1895
Stockman's Market Journal (South San Francisco) 192?
Tanforan Totalizer (San Bruno) 1942
Times Gazette
Westlake Times (Daly City)
Wildcat-a-log (Woodside) 1959
Woodside World 1959
Your Carlmont Enquirer-Bulletin (San Carlos) 1981-1985

This list will become a page that can be accessed from the sidebar of this blog following it's publication.  Links will be updated as newspapers are covered.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

SMCGS Sharing Stories 2019

The Groceteria Comes to Redwood City

Barry Elmore Hinman

The grocery store of the 19th century was quite unlike the modern supermarket. You have probably read books in which it is described, and you have certainly seen films or television shows with scenes in that store. Mrs. Housemaker goes to the store where she joins a line of other women waiting to place their orders. Behind the counter is Mrs. Storeowner, dealing with the women one by one, scurrying around to collect the items on their shopping list and assemble them for her customer. Such were the grocery stores, and there were many of them, on Main Street and Broadway, in Redwood City as the year 1921 began. All that changed when Elmore Brown Hinman, a grocery man from San Francisco, moved down to the Peninsula.

An article on p. 8 of the Redwood City Standard of 16 Jun 1921 announced the opening for business on Saturday 18 June 1921 of the Redwood Groceteria in the Jamieson building, Main and Stambaugh Streets, E.B. Hinman, proprietor. "City prices--no service--help yourself."

The Redwood City Tribune of 7 May 1923 had a little article on p. 2: Hinman's Groceteria. "Help yourself and then pay the cashier! That's the general rule at the novel groceteria owned and conducted by E.B. Hinman another of Main street's thriving businessmen ... [The groceteria] was established by Hinman a little more than two years ago at 301-305 Main street, corner of Stambaugh, after that gentleman had come to this city from San Francisco."

In his History of San Mateo County, Roy Cloud says:
“A business which has come within recent years to Redwood City is the groceteria business. Mr. Elmore B. Hinman who for several years was president of the Chamber of Commerce, was the first to start a store of this kind. He was followed soon afterwards by a local branch of the Sunshine Stores.”[i]

In April 1924 the Redwood City Standard on 17 April and the Redwood City Tribune on 18 April reported that Ben Stafford and his wife were moving their house from the south side of Stambaugh St., adjoining Hinman's groceteria, to the corner of Cassia and Spring, where it still stands. In its place they were erecting a building to be used by Mr. Hinman as an addition to his store. This building was later bought by the Holmquists, whose own store was across the street, and today it has the Holmquist name over its door.

There was a need for such an addition, as is seen in an article in the Redwood City Tribune of 5 September 1924: "E.B. Hinman, owner of the Redwood Groceteria, will open another store in San Mateo he announced today ... on Third Ave. This is the sixth of a chain of stores owned by Hinman ... The first of the chain was opened three years ago and since then he has opened stores at San Bruno, Homestead, Menlopark and Burlingame." In the Menlo Park section of the same paper on 26 September 1923 there was an ad for "Menlo Groceteria, a branch of the Redwood Groceteria, E. B. Hinman, prop., Mrs. Chandler, local mgr." The Progress Number of the Redwood City Tribune (no date on the extract in the Schellens collection, Vollmeyer Local History Room, Redwood City Public Library, but clearly 1925) has on p. 14 an article about the Redwood Groceteria in which it is stated "Introducing the self-service and cash&carry plan of selling groceries in Redwood City in May 1921 the business of Elmore B. Hinman has expanded until he now has five stores on the peninsula and has increased the size of the home store until it occupies a space of 4,000 square feet, or four times its original size ... last year he built a big warehouse to hold the stock held in reserve for the various stores. The non-service and cash plan for selling groceries is now practically a standard and Mr. Hinman was far sighted enough four years ago to see this development in merchandising." There is a picture of the store showing it occupying 301-305 Main St.

The Hinman family itself was also moving within Redwood City. On 19 Jun 1924 Elmore B. and Cora C. Hinman for ten dollars in gold coin bought from M.J. and Jennie Belle Knox a tract of land in Redwood City located between Stambaugh and Hilton Streets, 63 feet in length on each street.[ii] On the same day they executed two deeds of trust. The first, with F.K. Towne and E.R. Whitehead, trustees, and the San Mateo Savings Bank, beneficiary, was for $3750.[iii] The second, with the same two trustees but M. J. Knox as the beneficiary, was for $3250.[iv] Together, these no doubt represent the real cost of the property, $7000.

The house, 427 Stambaugh St., had been built circa 1875 for Dr. S.S. Stambaugh for whom the street was named. In its article of 19 June 1924 the Redwood City Standard reported this purchase and said that the Hinmans would take possession shortly. It added "It is reported that the Lesserman home on El Camino Real opposite Mt. Carmel Church, now occupied by the Hinman family, will be converted into an apartment." The 1922 Directory shows Mt. Carmel at 661 El Camino Real and the Lessemann family at 648 El Camino Real.

Both the store (now 901 Main Street) and the house at 427 Stambaugh Street are featured in Redwood City Historic Tours (Redwood City: Historic Resources Advisory Committee, 1996), on p. 16 and 30, respectively.



[i] Roy W. Cloud, History of San Mateo County, California, 2 vols. (Chicago, Ill.: S.J.Clarke Pub. Co., 1928), I:185.
[ii] San Mateo County, California, Deeds New Series 122:323.
[iii] San Mateo County, California, Deeds New Series 120:487.
[iv] San Mateo County, California, Deeds New Series 120:491.

© 2019 Barry Elwood Hinman - Please contact contributor for use of any portion of this story.

Barry's Biographies of the Hinman Family

  1. Sidney Prewett Hinman
  2. Antoinette Kathryn Radivoj Hinman
  3. Elmore B Hinman
  4. Cora Estelle Cate Hinman
  5. Leroy Burlingame Hinman
  6. Alice Jones Brown Hinman
Barry has donated his collection of materials on the Brown, Burlingame and Hinman families, including the scrapbooks of Vera Hinman McAuliffe, to Stanford University Libraries.  Part of the collection has been digitized and is available online.