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A Dark Part of Foster City History

A Dark Part of Foster City History

BURIED follows the gripping story of Eileen Franklin who, while playing with her young daughter, suddenly had a memory of witnessing the rape and murder of her childhood best friend, 8-year-old Susan Nason, which led to a re-opening of a case that had gone unsolved for nearly 20 years. And in a shocking twist, when Eileen came forward with her memory, she told the police that she remembered the murderer was her own father, George Franklin. Catch the story streaming…

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Construction of Foster City 1960-1980

Construction of Foster City 1960-1980

Recognizing the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of Foster City, the City’s former Public Works Director, Richard Hopper, spoke on the history of the City’s creation. Richard focused on the building of the City and the unique features that make up its character. I’m Carmen Blair, the deputy director of the San Mateo County Historical Association, and I would like to welcome you to today’s Courthouse Docket. The Courthouse Docket is a monthly series of lectures and performances sponsored by…

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Newcomers & the Welcome Wagon

Newcomers & the Welcome Wagon

As Foster City formed there were groups that developed to introduce people to the community and welcome them to Foster City. There was the original newspaper/newsletter the “Welcome Wagon” that would let people know about their new neighbors, local business, and happenings. It would say for example Jon and Jane Doe moved in to XYZ Street. It would let the community about who they are, where they work, do they have kids. But everyone had a local person to say…

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Year Without Home Gives Official a New Perspective

Year Without Home Gives Official a New Perspective

BY MARK A. STEINDEC. 9, 1990 12 AM PT LOS ANGELES TIMES STAFF WRITER FOSTER CITY, Calif. —  Politicians often talk of the problems of the homeless. John Oliver has lived them. Once a solid member of the middle class, the Foster City councilman has had business and personal setbacks that cost him his house and his family and for more than a year left him living out of his camper truck with his dog Topper. But Oliver has not given up hope,…

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Robert H. Grant, the builder of Bayporte

Robert H. Grant, the builder of Bayporte

Longtime Orange County Newport Beach resident Robert H. Grant, one of Orange County’s  biggest post-war homebuilders, died in December 2010 from Alzheimer’s disease at a hospice. He was 90. Through his firm, the Robert H. Grant Corp., he built about 20,000 homes in California and Hawaii from the 1950s through the 1970s, according to family members. In addition to developing much of Anaheim Hills, Grant was an early developer in portions of north-central Orange County and Chino, a family spokesman…

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Past President Lucy Williams Honored by Historical Society

Past President Lucy Williams Honored by Historical Society

Former Foster City Historical Society President Lucy Williams had a brick engraved remembering her contribution to the community. It can be seen right by the entrance to the Foster City Library. The Foster City Historical Society is proud to honor our past president and the archivist of so much Foster City History Lucy Williams. Lucy took into her own home years of relevant history from original voting records, artifacts, and even local editions of the now gone Foster City Progress…

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