HISTORY TRIVIA: 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?

Patch users - we still need your help captioning our photos from .

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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: Richard H. Long, January 2, 1964.  Do you know what organization his uniform is for?  Why was this photo in the Times in 1964?

The back of the other photo reads: Edward R. Becks, Director EOC, February 8, 1971.  What does EOC stand for?  Why was the director of the EOC in the Times?

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


Christine September 08, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Page 38 of San Mateo Times , December 13, 1968 has more info on Becks.
Greg DesBrisay September 09, 2012 at 05:08 AM
10:07 pm on Saturday, September 8, 2012 A Google search produces a few more references to the EOC in the San Mateo Times archives: Page 43, San Mateo Times, July 13, 1973: NewspaperARCHIVE.com newspaperarchive.com/san-mateo-times/1973-07.../page-43/ Page 11, San Mateo Times, April 13, 1976: NewspaperARCHIVE.com newspaperarchive.com/san-mateo-times/1976-04.../page-11/ Page 29, San Mateo Times, August 13, 1971 - Newspaper Archive newspaperarchive.com/san-mateo-times/1971-08.../page-29/ Page 66, San Mateo Times, April 12, 1976: NewspaperARCHIVE.com newspaperarchive.com/san-mateo-times/1976-04.../page-66/
Tony Moorhouse September 10, 2012 at 08:02 PM
My secound guess is this is the uniform that is worn by members of the Knights Templar.
Jamie White September 13, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Richard H Long to Lead Knights Templar -- Richard H Long of San Carlos will be in- stalled as eminent commander of Palo Alto Commandery No 47 Knights Templar at th fifty fifth annual installation ceremonies (from SMC archives Google search)
Jamie White September 13, 2012 at 03:48 AM
More on the EOC - Behind the dust-covered dows of the converted store at 878 Jefferson Avenue is the headquarters of one of the least known certainly one of the least understood functions of county government the Eco- nomic Opportunity Commission. So little known is the EOC in fact that it has not yet occurred to any county grand jury to in- clude it on the list of sions that are routinely gated each year The unprepossessing quarters belie the humanitarian objective being pursued not a fare program but a self-help program for the poor The Redwood City ters is the nerve center of a panhandle of Laos and the longstanding aggression of the North Vietnamese that the action of the South Vietnamese army and the U.S air support are consistent with international law


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