Daly City (CA) (Images of America)
Nestled in the shadow of San Bruno Mountain and known as "The Gateway City" for its proximity to San Francisco, Daly City is much more than a typical suburb. A thriving and diverse community built along El Camino Real (The King's Highway), the road that connected all of the Spanish Missions in California, the city has evolved from a quaint agricultural town to an important business, residential, and transit center. This new collection of images, mostly vintage and rarely seen photographs, tells the city's journey from the original Spanish land grant through its 1911 incorporation and on to modern times. The town has always been cosmopolitan, developed with the help of Irish, German, and Italian settlers, and today's large numbers of Hispanic and Filipino residents. Aside from natural wonders like San Bruno Mountain and the dramatic Pacific coastline, Daly City also has man-made landmarks like the Cow Palace, which has long been host to large-scale events such as the Grand National Rodeo and political conventions. Nearby Colma is known for its cemeteries, but as readers will see in this book, shares a surprisingly rich history with Daly City.
Garrison Martin.) PLAYTIME AT BROADMOOR. Established in October of 1949, Broadmoor Community Nursery utilized a portion of the grounds at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, 377 Eighty-seventh Street. The facility promised a “good character building program.” Visible at the rear of the playground is one of Broadmoor Village’s first homes on Eighty-eighth street, nestling against property prepared for row planting. Peaked farmhouses dot the area. (Courtesy of DC/C HG, Bill Koska photo, donated by Vic
and Roosevelt Streets is in the foreground. (Courtesy of DC/C HG, donated by Mary Louise Becker Sharp.) DISTINCTIVE DESIGNATION. In September 1952, Daly City achieved a bit of vicarious fame when Henry Doelger, developer of Westlake, was dubbed a “distinguished builder” by brewers of Lord Calvert Custom Distilled whiskey. The image of yachtsman Doelger perched on his Westlake II pleasure craft, as seen in this photo, appeared in full-page advertisements of the national Collier’s magazine,
operated by Mr. Matheny from 1951 to 1960, then sold to employee Bill Titus. (Courtesy of DC/C HG, photo by Dennis Matheny.) STUDENT SMILES. “All the smiles were made by everyone saying cheese,” wrote third-grade teacher Ruth Rogers on the back of this 1953 photo of her class at Woodrow Wilson primary school on Miriam Street. Long a mainstay of Daly City’s educational personnel, Mrs. Rogers further wrote, “Look in the mirror and say cheese. You will smile too!” (Courtesy of Gillespie
Francisco Chronicle featured this picture on its front page the next morning. (Courtesy of Gillespie collection, photo by Art Frisch.) PIONEER EDUCATOR REMEMBERED. The achievements of one of Colma’s earliest educators were honored in February 1962 as sixth-grade students presented the debut performance of the Margaret Pauline Brown School song, written for the PTA’s initial Founder’s Day observance. The school at 395 Eastmoor Avenue had opened in November of 1961. The building was designed by
enthusiasm of these participants as ground was broken for the construction of the Serramonte Branch of the Daly City Library on November 20, 1973. The building would be the fourth of Daly City’s library facilities. Shown, from left to right, are Victor Kyriakis, councilman (with inside-out umbrella); Verna Teglia; Mayor Tony Giammona; James Sargeant; Virginia Tierney; Dr. Connolly; Sarah Kelchava; unidentified; Samuel Chandler, librarian; three unidentified persons, Velma Yule, and Councilman Al