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HISTORY QUIZ: Step Back in Time

The San Mateo County Historical Association staffers have thousands of photos that they need help identifying in order to caption them. Can you help them?

The San Mateo County Historical Association still has many photos that need captions, after it recently purchased more than 30,000 San Mateo Times newspaper photos that span most of the 20th century and provide a glimpse into San Mateo County life and its generations.

Own a little piece of history by looking at these photos and help the association find out about the story behind each one, so the group can archive them.

Peninsula Patch sites will publish various photos as we get them - usually on Thursday or Saturday mornings - so you can help us identify them.

The first photo this week reads: James Marcella, shooting victim, Jan. 16, 1961. Any idea who this man is?

The second photo is of a truck stuck in San Mateo. Do you know where this happened or the story behind it?

Please note in the comments if you have information about the photos attached.

Then call or e-mail  archivist, Carol Peterson, if you want more information. Carol can be reached by phone, (650) 299-0104, or e-mail, carol@historysmc.org

Steve Hayes June 09, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Here is a link to the Oakland Tribune story about Marcella. Marcella and three friends were driving north on HWY 1 near Montara, they picked up a hitchhiker, the hitchhiker tried to rob the four people by pulling a gun and shooting people. Two people died (including the hitchhiker) and the other three (including Marcella) were injured. http://newspaperarchive.com/oakland-tribune/1961-01-14/page-2
Allene June 09, 2012 at 01:49 PM
The truck was too big for the RR crossing on near the end of B Street in San Mateo. He got stuck under the RR crossing

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