John T. Doyle, Elena Atherton Selby, Michael Lynch, Matthew Crowe, John Murray, Giovanni Beltramo, Frank and Mary Roach, William and Margaret Warren, as well as countless other individuals who rest at Holy Cross, helped create a solid foundation for the vibrant and creative community which exists today.
John T. Dolye (1819-1906), a San Francisco attorney, established his family estate in Menlo Park in 1868 naming it Ringwood. At the bequest of Archbishop Alemany, John Doyle successfully prevailed against the Mexican government in the International Court of The Hague. His efforts resulted in payment of several million dollars from the government of Mexico to the Roman Catholic Church of California.
Elena Atherton Selby (1901-1918), daughter of Faxon D. Atherton married Percy Selby the son of industrialist Thomas H. Selby, the 13th Mayor of the City of San Francisco, Her short life included the leisurely, pastoral life of Atherton and the royal grandeur that was post Gold Rush San Francisco.
Michael Lynch (1847-1918), the horticultural wonder of Menlo Park, assisted with the original layout and landscaping of Holy Cross Cemetery, along with that of St. Patrick's Seminary, significant projects within Stanford University and many private estates including the regal Linden Towers of James C. Flood.
Giovanni Beltramo (1860-1948), arriving in Menlo Park in 1890, John Beltramo established a retail liquor outlet that the family continues to operate today. His initial employment as an Italian immigrant was in the Cupertino vineyards of Attorney John Doyle beginning in 1882. Wine and whiskey were produced at this Menlo Park facility until Prohibition's arrival. With repeal the family began operations again and expanded to satisfy the demand of Stanford University students and the surrounding towns.
Pierre (1927) and Marie Larrecou (1956), arrived on the peninsula in 1893 and soon established the first full service French laundry. Prior to the arrival area families commonly sent their precious fabrics, by railroad, to San Francisco to insure proper care and handling. The Larrecou's served an upscale clientele including Leland and Jane Stanford who entrusted them with laundering their most prized linens. The Stanford's often entertained important dignitaries at the University including the president William McKinley.
William Phillip McEvoy (1861-1897) was elected Sheriff of San Mateo County in 1892, 5 years later in 1897 at the height of his popularity. Sheriff McEvoy was killed in the line of duty and remains the only San Mateo County Sheriff to carry this dubious distinction. Two days after being shot while apprehending Thomas Flannelly for the admitted murder of his father, Patrick Flannelly, Sheriff McEvoy succumbed to blood poisoning with the resultant death not uncommon for that time. Only 36 years old at the time of his death, his funeral included some 220 horse drawn carriages, by far the largest cortege in the early years of San Mateo County. On June 29, 1900, Thomas Flannelly was executed by hanging at San Quentin Prison. The Flannelly Family Plot is just a short walk from that of the McEvoy family, but the grave of Thomas is not to be found at Holy Cross in Menlo Park.
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