The Half Moon Bay History Association (HMBHA) submitted the historic photo featured here and asked Half Moon Bay Patch readers a couple of weeks ago to guess what was going on in the photo.
All correct answers were entered into a random drawing, which determined one winner. The Half Moon Bay History Association judged all answers, and the Patch readers who got the answer right and were entered into the drawing were Brian Ginna, Tony Moorhouse and George Muteff.
The winner of the drawing receives a prize: a copy of “Treasures of Half Moon Bay” walking guide to historic locations in town (usually sells for a $10 donation to the HMBHA).
Congratulations Tony Moorhouse for your winning answer!
Moorhouse wrote-in about the photo: "The City was incorporated in 1959. The gentlemen in the the picture are the original City Council members. Holding the copy of the Half Moon Bay Review is Mr. Carter the first Mayor. The other council members in the picture are MR. Benson Mr. Ponce Mr. Graneli and Mr. Cardoza. The first City Hall was located across the street from the San Benito House where the Frame shop and Barber shop are located. City Hall later moved to its present location after purchasing the building from Bank of America. The building was the original Bank of America before the new one was built."
Great job Tony!
Thank you to everyone who offered an answer.
Here’s what Dave Cresson of the Half Moon Bay History Association has to say about the photo:
“These were the city fathers that promoted the incorporation of Half Moon Bay in 1959. They got together here to celebrate the headline announcing the election that had the incorporation pass by a landslide.”
Tony, please e-mail Christa Bigue at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address so the folks at the Half Moon Bay History Association can mail you your prize!
Stay tuned next month for the next Half Moon Bay History Quiz courtesy of the Half Moon Bay History Association.
For more information about the Half Moon Bay History Association, located at 326 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, visit www.HalfMoonBayHistory.orghttp://www.HalfMoonBayHistory.org or call (650) 726-4468. The HMBHA is always looking for new members and volunteers. Annual dues are $25. Tell the stories, keep the records and be a part of how our Coastside came to become itself. Call or e-mail Info@HalfMoonBayHistory.org for a 2013 membership.