Angelo Misthos has a lot to say about the Ocean Shore Railroad “plaques”

Hi, June. I recently ran across two pictures online of similar plaques re the Ocean Shore R.R. One is at or near the Post Office and the other “in a small grassy  area in El Granada.”   Perhaps you are familiar with them. They were dedicated by the Order of E. Clampus Vitus , which has an interesting history and has had  a number of very well- known members over the years. What also got my interest was the Order’s motto: Credo Quia Absurdum, which is supposed to be a corrupted phrase from Tertullian, an early Christian era writer, and is translated as: “I believe it because it is absurd.” Whether the motto also referred to the unconventional way the town was laid out by its famous architect, Burnham, or to the unbelievable route the OSRR took in its attempt to reach Santa Cruz, I’m not sure. Anyway, I enjoyed spending some time online looking all this up. If you see or email John Vonderlin, please give my regards.  Angelo