1957: Honorary ‘Mayor’ of Princeton Dies

From the “Half Moon Bay Review,” 1957

“Mrs. Katherine F. Middleton, 96, prominent Coastside resident for nearly 40 years, died Sunday at her home in Princeton-by-the-Sea.

“Although she never held any official municipal posts, she was known throughout the county unofficially as the “mayor of Princeton.” A leader in many activities on the coast, she was in constant attendance at supervisor and planning commission meetings. Her main campaign was for the construction of the Pillar Point breakwater.

“No opportunity was overlooked by Mrs. Middleton to point out the benefits which would accrue by the construction of this breakwater and the creation of a harbor.

“Commemoration of her 94th birthday early in August, 1955, was a county wide event. Scores of Coastside residents and civic leaders from many parts of the county attended. Sheriff Earl Whitmore presented her with a mammoth birthday cake. Several of her children came from as far as Louisiana to attend this party.

“Despite her advanced years, Mrs. Middleton, a native of Kentucky, attended many social affairs and always left the message: ‘Build Pillar Point Breakwater and this Coast will grow beyond anyone’s imagination’….”

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