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Original post made on Feb 8, 2010

The mansion Herbert Law built in the 1920s for his 5-year-old daughter Patricia in the hills of Portola Valley burned in a horrendous fire in September 1971. The ruins still stand. Courtesy, Portola Valley Archives.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, February 7, 2010, 10:57 AM

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Posted by More Info
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 8, 2010 at 1:29 pm

That's it? How about some more info. Herbert Law and was a fascinating turn of the century San Francisco and Peninsula figure. He and his brother sold elixir to women at $100 a pop. Bought the SF Fairmont from the Fair sisters just before the 1906 quake. His daughter committed suicide when he told her to divorce the Stanford groundskeeper she had married against his wishes.


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Posted by Laura
a resident of another community
on Apr 23, 2016 at 8:59 pm

I thought I read the daughter was not married or maybe she was, but to a gas station guy. And that her ghost wonders that mansion or ruins.


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