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Memorial Day at Historical Union Cemetery in Redwood City, CA c.1859

Posted on: May 22nd, 2022 | By Cliff Keith | Blog | No Comments

Memorial Day at Historical Union Cemetery in

Redwood City, CA c.1859

Memorial Day at Historical Union Cemetery in Redwood City, CA c.1859
Water tower

 

Historical Union Cemetery in Redwood City, CA  c.1859. If you would like to read more about Union Cemetery click this link. 

Redwood City, CA: Every Memorial Day the Archives Committee and the Redwood City Library celebrate memories of Redwood City pioneers and soldiers. Better known as their Memorial Day ceremony at Union Cemetery. It is their annual Memorial Day event held on Woodside Road (CA 84) near El Camino Real in Redwood City. The celebration is every Memorial Day and starts at 10:00 AM.

 

Who Are The Archives and the Union Cemetery Committees?

The Archives Committee and the Union Cemetery Committee have worked on this celebration for many years. They are continuously trying to make it an experience enjoyable for all. Their efforts over the years was mainly cleaning and clearing debris until the early 1970’s. 

In the 1970’s Union Cemetery condition got worse. For example. there was a need for repairs to the stone markers on graves, damages to the burial crypts, and the fencing. It didn’t stop there as there was a need to rebuild broken fixtures like the windmill and the bronze Union Soldier Statue.

The Committee worked with anyone who offered their help. This included Redwood City’s commissions and committees. The Historical Resources Advisory Committee, (HRAC) were one of them. Additionally, the City Council came to the table with their funding.

The cemetery was named a California Historical Landmark #816 in 1967, then added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[4]

In other words, many concerned residents helped. They improved the landscaping, installed lighting, and assisted with on going patrolled security. It was the combined efforts of residences who wanted to preserve Redwood City history for future generations. 

The straw that broke the camel’s back

In the 1970’s Union Cemetery was a favorite site for vandals. There was extensive damage to most grave sites. Vandalism to the cemetery ran rampant. Usually around Halloween people entered into the cemetery and perform some “witch-craft rituals”. Vandals preformed grave etchings, they built fires and performed satanic rituals on make-shift alters. Damage to the gravesides was not uncommon. The grounds became an embarrassment to the whole community. 

What damage was done?

Memorial Day at Historical Union Cemetery in Redwood City, CA c.1859
Union Soldier statue

Stopping the ongoing damage became top priority of concerned citizens. These citizens took it upon themselves to reclaim Union Cemetery. The desire was to return the Union Cemetery to its original state.  First, they removed the bronze Union Soldier Statue. The Committee relocated it to a safe location. They hired, and paid for, cleanup and security of the Cemetery including repairs and restoration of the Union Solider Statue. 

The concerned citizens took it upon themselves to repaired damaged grave sites. They fixed broken wooden crosses, head stones, and metal fencing. They found opened concrete burial crypts too. Those crypts were re-sealed and secured.

Everyone helped

Memorial Day at Historical Union Cemetery in Redwood City, CA c.1859The Archives Committee and the Union Cemetery Committee brought in the City Arborist for his expert advice. There was a need to grade and inspect all the trees. Including in his findings was a plan to protect the Victorian Roses in the Cemetery.

The Archives Committee’s commitment to the preservation of Union Cementer caused many residents to see what the Archives Committee had done and what a great job they did to restore our history. Their work created a sense of community pride.

The Redwood City Council was instrumental in their support of the Union Cemetery through their funding. Their ongoing resources, support and encouragement lessen the burden for this large and much needed project. The City Council along with various Commissions and Committees were forth coming with their support too.

Where can I read more about Union Cemetery?

Memorial Day at Historical Union Cemetery in Redwood City, CA c.1859If you would like to know more about Union Cemetery go to the Downtown Main Library located at 1044 Middlefield Road. Go to the second floor and look in the Archives Room.  There’s a wealth of information about Redwood City history in that room.

You can look around this blog for other information on other historical facts of Redwood City. There are great books available on the history of Redwood City. They may be purchased at the Main Library Downtown Redwood City on the Second floor. 

As a side note you’ll discover from reading these various publication the Redwood City had the FIRST public library in the State of California. Pretty impressive!

Enjoy your Memorial Day.

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Memorial Day at Historical Union Cemetery in Redwood City, CA c.1859
Union Cemetery

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Historical Union Cemetery in Redwood City, CA c.1859

Posted on: May 15th, 2022 | By Cliff Keith | Featured Posts, Holidays, Redwood City History, Thursday Historical Information | No Comments

Union Cemetery in Redwood City, CA 

Historical Union Cemetery in Redwood City, CA c.1859
The windmill inside of Union Cemetery

 

 

Historical Union Cemetery in Redwood City, CA  c.1859. If you would like to read more about Union Cemetery click this link.

Redwood City, CA: Every Memorial Day the Archives Committee of the Redwood City Library celebrate the memories of past Redwood City pioneers and soldiers by having a ceremony at Union Cemetery in Redwood City, CA located on Woodside Road at the El Camino Real exchange.

 

Who Is The Archives Committee and the Union Cemetery Committee?

The Archives Committee and the Union Cemetery Committee have worked for many years cleaning, repairing graves, burial crypts, fencing, and rebuilding of the windmill. They also worked with the Historical Resources Advisory Committee to gain help for landscaping, lighting, and patrolled security.

During the 1970’s Union Cemetery became in a state of disrepair. Vandalism of the cemetery was running rampant. Homeless people were make Union Cemetery their home. During the Halloween holiday various people would enter into the cemetery and perform some sort of witch-craft rituals like grave etchings.There was also damages to the gravesides as well as the grounds themselves ravaged.

What damage was done?

Historical Union Cemetery in Redwood City, CA c.1859
Union Soldier statue

Stopping the ongoing damage became top priority for many concerned Redwood City citizens. They took it upon themselves to reclaim Union Cemetery.  They started by removing the bronze Union Soldier Statue and having it restored. One of the arms of the statue got torn off and was loose on the foundation. These concerned citizens repaired grave sites including wooden crosses and head stones as well as graves with metal parts. Additionally they found an opened concrete burial crypts and the citizens re-sealed the burial crypts and secured it to help prevent the same thing from happening again.

Everyone helped

The Archives Committee and the Union Cemetery Committee brought in an Arborist to grade and inspect all the trees including the Victorian rose bushes that one can see climbing the fence along Woodside Road. With their ongoing commitment to the preservation of Union Cementer everyone saw what a great job and sense of pride it brought to the community. The City of Redwood City was instrumental with their ongoing resources, support and encouragement from staff to our City Officials.

Where can I read more about Union Cemetery?

If you would like to know more about Union Cemetery, you can go to the Main Downtown Library at 1044 Middlefield Road. Go to the second floor and look for the Archives Section. They have limited hours so call ahead to make sure someone will be there to help you.

You can look around this blog for other information on other historical aspects of Redwood City and Union Cemetery.

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Historical Union Cemetery in Redwood City, CA c.1859
Union Cemetery

Easter And Why Do Rabbits Bring Easter Eggs?

Posted on: April 14th, 2022 | By Cliff Keith | Holidays | No Comments

Easter And Why Do Rabbits

Bring Easter Eggs?

Easter is close at hand and the celebration start today on Good Friday.  On Sunday Christians will be celebrating Easter. It’s the day Christians believe their Lord and Savor, Jesus Christ rose from the dead into heaven.

Christians will celebrate the day by going to church/mass dressed up in their Sunday finest. It spring time and the time for renewal of nature. With Easter here I have often wondered why in the world does a rabbit bring Easter eggs?  A rabbit doesn’t produce eggs, nor do they eat eggs so what’s the deal with the bunny rabbit delivering eggs for all the children? Don’t you agree?

Easter And Why Do Rabbits Bring Easter Eggs?

Research on Rabbits

When I started to do my research on the subject I thought a simple Google search would show me the solution.  I didn’t realize I was opening a can of worms!  This is pretty serious stuff the rabbit and these Easter eggs. What I found out it is strictly a religious matter. Because of differences fought between Pagans and Christians.  The Pagans believe in the Anglo-Saxon goddess, Eostre, and of course the Christian didn’t. The Christians believed in Jesus Christ. Therefore, there is no answer except for it depending on your own personal beliefs.

Who was Eostre?

Eostre was a Pagan Goddess whose symbols were the rabbit and the egg.  First of all in pagan religion, both the egg and the bunny are symbols of fertility. In the pagan religion, Easter was the “spring festival”. It was time for celebrating fertility and requesting of the Gods that they would give good crops. On the other hand some believe that the only connection to Eostre and Easter is that they are both issues spoken in English.

For example

As a result, people like Catherine Beyer, believe in that the Romantic languages, the word for Easter is based on Pesach, the Hebrew word for Passover, which Jesus was celebrating at the time of his execution. And that is all Easter is about according to Catherine Beyer.  They say, to bring anything else into the picture referring to something like eggs and rabbits is just not worthy of discussion.

In conclusion:

Easter And Why Do Rabbits Bring Easter Eggs?
Bunny

From a historical standpoint all I can say is that the answer to the age-old question about why we have Easter egg hunts. Furthermore, we see little bunnies everywhere hence it is for you to decide for yourself.  I know what is in my heart.

Do, you know now Why Do Rabbits Bring Easter Eggs? I am going to go look for some See’s Candies chocolate eggs. Those are the eggs I enjoy most

 Happy Easter


 

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Easter And Why Do Rabbits Bring Easter Eggs?

Home Sellers: What To Do Prior To A Home Inspection?

Posted on: March 28th, 2022 | By Cliff Keith | Blog, Sellers Tips, Wednesday Seller Tips - Real Estate Know-How For Home Sellers |

Home Sellers In Redwood City: What To Do Prior To A Home Inspection?

Home Sellers: What To Do Prior To A Home Inspection?
Check list to follow

If you have arranged to have your home inspected, you should plan to go with the inspector during the entire process. This information will help you when you are looking at an offer to buy your home. If it is a buyer initiated inspection, it would be preferable if you were not present. Being  notified before had is important for any inspection. The real estate agent will schedule the inspection for a time convenient to both you and the buyer. This is to allow you enough time to make preparations for this important day.


Do you know the systems of a home 

Home Sellers: What To Do Prior To A Home Inspection?
Do you know the systems of a home

Whether you, as the seller, or by the buyer, have arranged the home inspection you can take several preparatory steps, which will benefit you and help the inspection process:

Make sure the inspector can get access to all areas of the house.

Clear all furniture, boxes, clothes, toys and other personal items that may block access to the furnace, water heater, electrical panels, attic crawl spaces, etc. Inspectors will not enter inaccessible areas.

If access to your attic crawl space is  in a closet, remove clothing, shoes, and other items. Not only might they be in the way, but when opening the hatch door, debris (dust, insulation, loose plaster) is likely to fall from the ceiling upon items left in the closet.

If you are expecting a visit from an inspector and prospective buyer:

  • Ensure that filters are clear in air conditioners, heaters, vents, drains, etc.
  • Clearing areas under sinks makes for a thorough  inspected.
  • Have the house cleaned thoroughly.

The fewer problems an inspector finds with the property, the better overall image the property presents to the prospective buyer. Obviously, it is to your advantage if the buyer hears the inspector saying, “Everything on this property is right except for a couple little issues here and there,” and not hearing a long list of concerns.


Additional notes to home sellers

The home inspector may override your timers or reset clocks if outlets (such as appliance clocks, outdoor lighting etc.). You should check them after the inspection to make sure they are reset properly.

Remember to allow two to three hours for the home inspection.

Christopher Lopez is the Franchise Owner of AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service for San Francisco and the Greater Peninsula. AmeriSpec is North Americas Leading Home Inspection Services (a subsidiary of American Home Shield). Celebrating 25 Years of Service and over Two Million Quality Inspections Performed. For more information Call 650-369-8800 or on the web at www.amerispec.net/westcity or www.amerispec.com ,  http://www.amerispecwestcity.blogspot.com/


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Home Sellers: What To Do Prior To A Home Inspection?
Call Cliff 650-346-7366

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  3.   Call Cliff immediately

Once you call we will discuss the best method suitable to you to get your home ready for a home inspection. I will explain your options and see if  any of the options will work for you. If not, we will try to figure out together how to make your home ready for your property inspector, Call today as you will be happy that a major load has been taken off your mind,

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The Five Deadly Mistakes Made When Selling A Home

Posted on: March 20th, 2022 | By Cliff Keith | Blog, Sellers Tips, Wednesday Seller Tips - Real Estate Know-How For Home Sellers |

The Five Deadly Mistakes Made When Selling A Home

The Five Deadly Mistakes Made When Selling A Home
A SOLD Home!

Sooner or later, most homeowners will be in a place to sell their home. This post summarizes the top five mistakes that home sellers make. It’s simply because the experience is new to them and they don’t know any better.

 Mistake #1.  Using a Real Estate Agent Instead Of a Realtor 

When you’re looking for help in selling your home, it’s important to remember that the terms “real estate agent” and “Realtor” are not synonymous.

  • Realtors are a member in good standing of the National Association of Realtors (NAR).  NAR is a non-profit trade organizations that promote real estate information, education and professional standards.
  • NAR members adhere to a strict code of ethics founded on the principle of providing fair and honest service to all consumers.  This would include Realtor business practices on the local levels are regularly monitored.  Arbitration and disciplinary systems are in place to discuss complaints from the public or board members.  This local monitoring keeps Realtors directly accountable to the individual consumers they serve.
  • The National Association of Realtors also has earned a strong reputation for actively championing private property rights and working to make home ownership affordable and accessible.

Mistake #2.  Failing to Maximize the “Curb Appeal” of Your Home

When you’re preparing your house for sale, remember you only have one chance to make that first impression.  A buyer’s first impression can decide whether or not they’ll choose to look inside.  It’s estimated that more than that 50 percent of shoppers decide to buy a home even before they get out of their car.  Recently Redfin did a study and found out 44% of home buyers purchased in San Francisco without even seeing the house! With that in mind, be sure to stand outside your home and take a realistic “fresh look.”  Then ask yourself (and your Realtor) what you can do to enhance your home’s “curb appeal.”  It will bare significant impact in your last sales price as well as the speed of your sale.

Mistake #3.  Not Appreciating the Buyer’s Point of View

The Five Deadly Mistakes Made When Selling A Home
You’ve got this.

Unreasonable though it may be, a prospective buyer would like to see a perfect home from top to bottom and inside and out.  To improve the likelihood of an easy, fast and profitable home sale, we suggest that you make sure the following items are in tip top shape:

On the outside

  1. Sweep the front walkway.
  2. Remove newspapers, bikes and toys.
  3. Park extra cars away from the property.
  4. Trim back the shrubs.
  5. Apply fresh, clean paint on your home, wooden fence, and outbuildings.
  6. Clean windows and window coverings.
  7. Maintain sprinkler systems.
  8. Maintain sealants around windows and doors.
  9. Make sure roof and gutters are clean and in good condition.
  10. Mow the lawn often and plant flowers.
  11. Keep pet areas clean.
  12. Take down out-of-season decorations.

On the inside

  1. The kitchen and bathroom should look and smell clean.
  2. Vacuum rugs and carpets (and have them professionally cleaned, if necessary).
  3. Place fresh flowers in the main rooms.
  4. Put away dishes, unless setting a formal display for decoration.
  5. Make all beds and put away clothing.
  6. Open drapes and turn on lights for a brighter feel.
  7. Straighten closets.
  8. Put away toys.
  9. Turn off televisions.
  10. Play soft music on the radio/stereo.
  11. Keep pets out-of-the-way and pet areas clean and odor-free.
  12. Secure jewelry, cash, prescription medication and other valuables.
  13. Consider removing unnecessary furniture and appliances from counter tops to create a greater sense of space.
  14. Consider baking cookies or lighting scented candles to create a homey atmosphere.

Mistake #4.  Thinking It’s Okay to Be In Your Home During Showings

Allow your Realtor to do his or her job without you on site.  Most potential buyers feel more comfortable if they can speak freely to their real estate agent without the homeowner present.  It may hurt your feelings to hear what a prospective buyer may want to do to your home. However, if they go down this path they have already moved in their mind and your home is SOLD! As a side not if anyone unaccompanied by an agent ask you to see your home don’t allow them in your home. Instead refer them to your real estate professional for an appointment.

Mistake #5.  Over-Pricing Your Home

The Five Deadly Mistakes Made When Selling A Home
Neon dollar

Perhaps the most challenging aspect of selling a home is listing it at the correct price.  It’s one of  areas where a skilled real estate agents can pay for themselves versus you trying to sell your home yourself.

If the listing price is too high, you’ll miss out on a percentage of buyers looking in the range where your home should be priced.  Some people think that if they leave some “wiggle room” in the price, they’ll always be able to negotiate and accept a lower offer.  This is not necessarily true. Chances are the offers won’t even come in for fear of alienating the home owner. Buyers who would be most interested in your home will not consider your home because of the high price, and fear of alienating you.  By the time you correct the price, you’ve already missed exposure to a group of potential buyers.

Listing price

The listing price becomes even trickier to set when prices are quickly rising or falling. Being aware is critical of where and how fast the market is moving – both when setting the price and when negotiating an offer.  An experienced, well-trained real estate agent is always in touch with market trends. Usually more often than appraisers, who typically focus on what a property is worth if sold as is, today.

What to do next?

The Five Deadly Mistakes Made When Selling A Home
The Five Deadly Mistakes Made When Selling A Home

 

To make sure you don’t make these deadly mistakes call/text Cliff Keith and Team for your FREE one-hour consultation at 650-346-7366.  You will be glad you did. After your conversation you will know the helpful tips for home sellers and not make the 5 deadly mistakes home sellers make when they are unaware of them.

 

 

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Home Security Checklist Everyone Needs To Read

Posted on: March 16th, 2022 | By Cliff Keith | Blog, Featured Posts, Wednesday Seller Tips - Real Estate Know-How For Home Sellers |

Home Security Checklist Everyone

Needs To Read

Home Security Checklist Everyone Needs To Read
Protect Yourself

 

Here’s The Spring Home Security Checklist… as your guide to protect your family from possible home break-ins with these simple safety measures. If you don’t have your home secured this post is for the average home owner to show areas where they could take action to improve their home’s security.

These are just a few of the steps you may take to decrease the likelihood that you or your home become victims.

Home Security Checklist Exterior Doors:   

Lock all doors at night and every time we leave the house—even if it’s just for a few minutes.

Doors are solid hardwood or metal-clad.

Doors feature wide-angle peepholes at heights everyone can use.

If there are glass panels in or near your doors, they will shattered if the are not re-enforced.

All entryways have a working, keyed entry lock and sturdy deadbolt lock installed into the frame of the door.

Spare keys are kept with a trusted neighbor, not under a doormat or planter, on a ledge, or in the mailbox.

Garage and Sliding Door Security:

The door leading from the attached garage to the house is solid wood or metal-clad and protected with a quality keyed door lock and deadbolt. A good locksmith I have had good luck with for many years is Lockworks Unlimited in Redwood City

The overhead garage door has a lock so that we do not rely solely on the automatic door opener to give security.

Garage doors are all locked when leaving the house.

The sliding glass door has strong, working key locks.

A dowel or pin installed will secure a glass door to prevent the door from being shoved aside or lifted off the track.

Lock your sliding door every night and each time we leave the house.

 Protecting Windows:

Every window in the house has a working key lock or is securely pinned.

Make sure windows are always locked, especially when opened a few inches for ventilation.

Home Security Checklist Everyone Needs To Read
Lighting

Outdoor Security:

Trim shrubs and bushes so there is no space for someone to hide.

There are no dark areas around out house, garage, or yard at night that would hide prowlers.

Every outside door has a bright, working light to illuminate visitors.

Floodlights helps to make sure effective illumination.

Outdoor lights are on in the evening—whether someone is at home or not. One way is to install a photo cell or motion-sensitive lighting system.

Our house number is clearly displayed so police and other emergency vehicles can find the house quickly.

Adding security cameras are now an inexpensive and efficient way to see who comes on your property.

Security When Away From Home:

Arrange at least two light timers to turn the lights on and off in a logical sequence When you are away from home for an extended time Home Security Checklist Everyone Needs To Readperiod. Homeland Security has a PDF on  proper lightening, which you can read by going to their site.

Turn on the motion detector or other alarm system (if you have one) when we leave home.

Stop your mail and newspaper deliveries or arrangements for a neighbor/friend to pick them up when we go away from home for a your vacation or business trip.

Ask a neighbor to tend the yard and watch your home when you are away. The Neighborhood Watch Institute has a good website to help Redwood City homeowners.

Outdoor Valuables and Personal Property:

The most forgotten security measure  is to check gate latches, garage doors, and shed doors to make sure they are all locked with high-security, laminated padlocks.

Some items we use regularly like grills, lawn mowers, and other valuables are best out of sight in a locked garage or shed.  If that is not practical and they need to be left out in the open, make sure they are hidden from view with a tarp. To add a help touch securely locked to a stationary point.

Lock every bicycle with a U-bar lock or quality padlock and chain.

Make sure you always lock your bikes, even if we leave them for just a minute.

Store firearms unloaded and locked in storage safes and secured with trigger guard locks.

Inscribe your valuable items, such as television, stereos, and computers with identifying number approved by local police.

Our home inventory is up-to-date and includes pictures. Keep your inventory work sheet in a location outside of the house. There are various ways to mark your possession. The one I like best is forensic marking.

Home Security Checklist – Redwood City – San Carlos Real Estate,  is only a guide to help you. Thieves are difficult to stop 100%.  Be careful out there. Please use caution and think it through to protect yourself and your family.

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