1945: Margaret Quinlan, Pioneer Coastsider

quinlans.jpg (Photo courtesy Spanishtown Historical Society. Visit the SHS on Johnston Street, east of the shops on historic Main St, Half Moon Bay.) I can’t help but notice Tom Quinlan’s name proudly emblazoned on his buiding, his business. He was “the man.” You don’t see that much today, do you?


From the “Half Moon Bay Review,” 1945


“Relatives and scores of friends throughout San Mateo County are mourning the passing of Mrs. Margaret Quinlan, 69, a native of Half Moon Bay and daughter of one of the county’s earliest pioneer families….

“Mrs. Quinlan lived for many years in Miramar where both she and her late husband operated the well known ‘Sportsman’s Headquarters’. He was the late Thomas F. Quinlan, also a member of a pioneer family. After sale of business last year, she made her home in Southwood, So. San Francisco.

“She was born at Half Moon Bay in 1876, the daughter of Patrick F. and Mary Dolan McGovern. Her father was the first foreman of the original Ogden Mills estate at Millbrae from 1857 to 1861 and later a leading agriculturist at Millbrae and Pescadero. She was an elder sister of San Mateo County’s sheriff, the late T.C. ‘Brick’ McGovern of Half Moon Bay and Dr. J.C. McGovern , former county coroner, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary E. McGraw and Mrs. Annie Conrad of South San Francisco.

“She was the mother of Dr. J.E. Quinlan of San Francisco and former Deputy Sheriff Leland Quinlan of South San Francisco…”