[Note: I wrote this in 1977. I did a lot of research at the San Mateo County History Museum….then I began to study old newspapers and talked to some oldtimers, now gone. It was great fun and very satisfying work.]
Every weekend crowds arrived to celebrate the most recent progress along the Ocean Shore line. Locals often joined the out-of-town speculators who hoped to turn a fast profit when the resort skyrocketed. To provide additional incentives for wavering buyers, developers offered what they guaranteed as a perfect sewer system and water supply.
Before the first summer houses appeared on the scene, building contractors poured cement sidewalks and curbs at no extra cost to the purchaser. Promoters also pointed out to potential lot buyers that they reserved land for two public schools.
…to be continued…