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Cover Story - June 6, 2012

A personal history: Frank Helfrich reflects on 83 years in a changing city

by Sandy Brundage

"Wool when it gets warm, like you want to wrap yourself in it," Frank Helfrich says, recalling what the old textile mills along the railroad tracks in Menlo Park smelled like when they operated decades ago. At 83, Mr. Helfrich is one of the few people in town to remember that smell. As a boy, he would hang out at the mills after finishing a paper route that delivered the Saturday Evening Post, fascinated by the weaving machines.

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