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Showpiece stable

Original post made on Sep 17, 2010

An open house is set for Sunday, Sept. 19, for the large, elegant Woodside horse stable, built in 1905 and listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. It has a new lease on life that could keep it in operation for another 105 years. ==I Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.==

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Posted by AndySmith
a resident of another community
on Sep 17, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I grew up with the Folger family who would be glad to see the stables and land brought back to the way it was during a period when life and style were elegant and standards way above what life is like today.
No one can bring back that past when the giants of industry with thoroughbred blue book blood inhabited this area.
Abigail, who was murdered, would not have returned to live in this area, nor would her brother. It is not the same.

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Posted by just me
a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 17, 2010 at 7:01 pm

That's a fascinating comment about Abigail Folger. I didn't until now realize that she was one Charles Manson's victims.

Her wikipedia entry makes her sound like somebody who was fairly well grounded, having committed a goodly part of her young life to very hands on social work.

Where would she have lived, if not in the area, I wonder. Did she grow up on the Woodside estate, or was that more of a vacation residence? Did she attend Woodside Elementary, or rather some private school (likely in SF?).

Anyway, it's a sad story, and it also makes me wonder if the decision to sell to Martin Wunderlich was partially the result of Abigail's death....

Fwiw, I live on property directly adjacent to the Folger estate between Wunderlich park and the county water shed, so it makes the history somehow seem a bit more real.

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Posted by Moi
a resident of another community
on Sep 18, 2010 at 8:38 am

Wunderlich was sold by Peter Folger Sr, in the 50's, but he still owned the massive Folger mansion on the grounds. A three storey sprawling estate. He and his first wife, Ines Folger, divorced in 1952 afer 20 years together and two children (Abigail and Peter Jr)
Mr. Folger Sr married his second wife in 1960 and they had a child in '61 (Elizabeth)

Peter Folger Sr, devastated by the death of his eldest child, stopped living in the mansion in 1974 and he and his family moved to Roberta Drive until his death in 1980. His widow remained there until the nineties. She has since passed.

Abigail was schooled at Santa Catalina from the age of 6/7, and then she went to Radcliffe College before going to university in Boston. She and her brother lived primarily with their mother in San Francisco. They stopped living in Woodside full time to live with her in the city in 1952.

Peter Folger Sr had three very lovely and grounded offspring (Abigail, Peter and Elizabeth) who have all contributed to good causes, probably due to encouragement from their parents. Sadly Abigail was cut down way before her time but her brother and sister have been behind the restoration effort 100% as their names come up as honorary board members. I strongly believe Abigail, or Gibby, as they called her, would have much such a difference to this world had she have lived.

RIP Abigail Folger. You were too good for this world, angel.

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Posted by Him
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Sep 18, 2010 at 8:44 am

All the Folger kids moved away from Woodside eventually. Gibby moved to New York and then L.A (where she died) and Peter Jr lives in Inner Richmond and was follow by their kid sister.

But I guess the family needed fresh starts etc.

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Posted by lol
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Sep 18, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Andy, why no mention of the other family members. My guess is that you didn't know the Folgers at all.

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Posted by AndySmith
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2010 at 8:19 am

I went to school back East with Peter and Abigail, Gibby, were my closest friends.
I used to visit Pui for years and she was truly their mother.
You are tasteless to accuse me of lying.

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Posted by lol
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Heights
on Sep 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Peter and Abigail never went to the same school and Abigail went to an all girls school.... 'Andy'. And who, in SF, didn't know who Pui Folger was. One of the larger than life characters to grace society.

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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Heights
on Sep 20, 2010 at 4:51 pm

A light went out over San Francisco when Abigail Folger was murdered. Her contribution to worthy causes will never be forgotten and nor should she.

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