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Those were the days

 

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The Atherton Town Council and staff posed for this photograph in 1952. From left, they are: City Clerk Howard Boren, council members George Linsley, Edward E. Eyre, (Mayor) James Howell, Charles Merrill, Harry Mitchell, Henry Keuchler and City Attorney Winston Black. Historians say development in the town accelerated in the early 1950s following the end of World War II. Photo courtesy of the Atherton Heritage Association.

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Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm

The Council in 1952, as you can see, was comprised primarily of older citizens who were not eligible to fight in the war.
The returning veterans with wives and children were the principal buyers in the more affordable housing of the day and probably were the next group of council members voted in and possibly related to the members in the photos. Nepotism was rampant in those days in the rural areas of San Francisco, which also sent a lot of their officials to Sacramento to make decisions for the state.
58 years years is a rather young age for a community among the others of San Mateo County which all grew quickly because of their proximity to Stanford, which had a prestigious name even then.
The photo does show that there was a certain "youthfulness" missing when Atherton began its growth. The same can be said for the other places now which never had a "gilded age" until the computer industry came into being. They also had returning servicemen and women who lived modestly and attracted people who became new to the Coast from all over the country.So, one can say, the majority of the people today, are really from a 60 year old heritage and making decisions as if they were natives from California's past.
The ugly side of the picture would make for a great story where there was an abundance of racism, and crime and evictions of the minorities.
In essence, the same thing is going on, but is lessening because of the financial condition of America and the dwindling middle class.


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