Did Silvio Modena, Jr. Find The Missing Church Bell of Half Moon Bay?

Story by Silvio Modena, Jr.

Email Silvio: [email protected]

Please visit Silvio’s wonderful website (imakebells.com) click here

(Silvio makes GARDEN, MUSICAL & SPIRITUAL bells.)

Hello June,

I’m Silvio Modena Jr. I was given your book to me by my sister years ago and treasure it dearly.

This is about a bell found at the Our Lady of the Pillar cemetery located up on the hill behind town. In your book on page 75 A Child’s View of Old Half Moon Bay. In your writings about the Pilarcitos Cemetery the Church that was built on the property that Tiburcio Vasques donated for the cemetery in about 1856 then in about 1870 it burnt down.

Do you have any information about there being a bell in the tower or a photo or a lead about a bell. The Catholic Church in town doesn’t have any knowledge of the bell.

My company is I MAKE BELLS CO. I want to restore this old bell that’s been in the weeds and is severely corroded. It looks very,very old. We think it may have come from the old Pilarcitos Cemetery Church. The bell size is approx 21″ tall and 32 ” diameter.

Thank You ,
Silvio, The Bellman

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[Image of the old Catholic Church, replaced by the newer one standing in downtown Half Moon Bay. Most of the settlers attended the older church and it was much beloved by local parishioners. Originally, there was another church standing in the Pilarcitos Cemetery alongside Highway 92.]

In the 1850s The White House Stood South of Town

Actually, the White House, originally the simply furnished home of pioneer James Johnston and his Spanish wife, Petra, still stands, now a bright historic landmark perched on a gentle rise south of Half Moon Bay. The uniqueness of the house stems from Johnston’s choice of architecture, very old New England.

Passengers, usually romantic ladies, sailing aboard vessels headed for San Francisco wrote of seeing  The White House as they passed our coastline.

El Granada’s Jim Elliott: Honored as one of the Country’s Finest “Finish” Carpenters

[Jim Elliott and Carole Delmar earlier this year.]

Congratulations Jim!

Wife and Coastside realtor Carole Delmar says: Jim was picked for the top 17 finish carpenters in the Unites States to participate in a De Walt tool contest. He won lots of tools and now has 2 months to submit a project. His head can hardly fit through the front door! But he is in a very good mood and we like that!

What’s a finish carpenter, please click here

1936: National Geographic Covered Northern California

The Stories Inside:
Northern California at Work
California – 85 years after the Gold Rush
Where Spring paints a State with Wild Flowers
Bridges, from Grapevine to Steel
A Palette from Spain
Flashing Fashions of Old Spain

One image was shot by famous Bay Area photographer Gabriel Moulin. You’ll have to imagine the photo because I cannot reproduce it here. The caption reads: Roses climb to the very tip of a Redwood at La Honda, San Mateo County. Rich in scenic charm, ingratiating in climate, these wooded valleys are set with many country homes of San Franciscans. Known locally as “the Peninsula,” this region is famed for its cut flowers and fine vegetables, including artichokes. Over motor highways and on suburban trains commuters pour in and out of San Francisco.

The advertisement on the back of the 1936 magazine reads:

Individual Income Tax return….and don’t forget the 608 gallons of gasoline you bought last year

Remember in filing your Federal Income Tax Return, that you can deduct any taxes you paid on your 1935 gasoline purchases–a total of $32 is the national average.

Remember, too, that this year you’ll buy another 608 gallons. That’s a business-size order. It deserves business-like consideration.

Guesswork….that’s what influences a lot of people to buy a certain gasoline. But it takes a great deal more to make the country’s leading bus lines and airlines decide what gasoline “they’ll” use.

They believe that the size of their orders entitles them to the true “facts” about the gasoline they buy.

The Texas Company believes that “every” motorist…even those who do only an average amount of driving….those who use only the national average of 608 gallons of gasoline a year….also deserves to know these sincere facts about Fire-Chief.

Purposely developed as an emergency grade gasoline, Fire-Chief meets the Federal specifications* for “emergency” vehicles. Yet it sells at “regular” prices.

Tourists carried the demand for Fire-Chief into all 48 states. Recent surveys indicate that more tourists now prefer it than other gasoline.

The bus companies compete each year in a national contest for “efficiency in maintenance.” All of the first-prize winners for the last six years have been regular users of Texaco products.

You’ve probably seen a Texaco station or dealer in your very neighborhood. There are more than 40,000 from coast to coast.

Next time you need gasoline, try a tankful of Texaco Fire-Chief. Let these facts about it speak for themselves in your car.

*Federal Specification VV-M-571 for Emergency Motor Fuel

Texaco Fire-Chief
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