1906: HMB Water Supply

Story from John Vonderlin

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Hi June,
   The more things change, the more they stay the same. That has been reiterated to me, time after time, as I read the accounts of newsworthy matters in  local newspapers, one hundred to one hundred fifty years old. I was just reading online about the present Coastside water use/water supply issues as we go into our third dry year and thought this was interesting. I’m curious who Mr. Stoll was.   
Special Dispatch to The Call.
REDWOOD CITY. Feb. 13.— The Board
of Supervisors has determined that Half
moon Bay, at least for the present is am-
ply equipped with a water supply and
needs no competition in this direction.
The board has refused to advertise for
bids for a franchise for a competing
water system on the ground that the
franchise will in the near future be much
more valuable than it is at present.
An application to lay pipes, mains and
conduits along the roads and highways of
San Mateo County and to operate and
maintain a water supply system at Half
moon Bay was filed before the board by
A. G. Stoll. Through his attorney Stoll
pleaded that owing to the rapid increase
in the population of Halfmoon Bay all
new quasi-public enterprises should be
heartily encouraged by the authorities of
the county. He argued that he was sim-
ply asking for an opportunity to bid upon
a franchise which is open to the consid-
eration of any one who. may care to seek
it. ” He suggested that the present supply
of water at Halfmoon Bay will soon be-
come inadequate and that some measures
should be taken to furnish a proper sup-
ply. The opinions of Stoll, however, were
not shared by the board, and upon motion
the consideration of the entire matter was
laid over until April 16.
The Board of Supervisors met at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 16th, all the members being present. 
 Application of A.G. Stoll for franchise to lay mains and operate water works at Halfmoon Bay was laid over for one month.
Of course two days later the Great Quake of 1906 happened. Mr. Stoll seems to disappear in the online record until 1913 when he sold all these lots.
A.G. Stoll to A.A. Cavagnaro, undivided one-half interest in lots 9 to 14, block 55, lots 32 and 33 block 52, lots 25 and 26, block 54, North Fair Oaks.