Hills History Committee panel tells 'Tales of Moody Road'

The Los Altos Hills History Committee has scheduled the presentation “Tales of Moody Road” 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday in the town hall council chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Jitze Couperus, member of the History Committee and chairman of the town’s Planning Commission, will moderate the discussion, which will focus on Moody Road’s history as a lively center of action and its role in town controversies during its formative years.

The road was petitioned by G.W. Moody in 1867 and ran from San Jose-San Francisco Road to his Los Altos Hills home. It began as an old Native American road, then served as a lumber road and a stage road. Today, Moody Road begins at the intersection of El Monte and Elena roads and continues to Page Mill Road. It is believed the road that is the entry to Hidden Villa is the remains of the earlier route.

Four residents will spin tales of life on Moody Road in the town’s earlier years, noting the institutions and famous people who populated the area. The presenters are:

• Joan Sherlock, daughter of one of the town founders and among the earliest residents of upper Moody Road. As a child, she roamed the neighborhood on horseback and later returned to live in her family home.

• Joseph Kleitman, who spent his teenage years on Moody Road and later returned to live in his family home. He will present the lighter side of Moody Road.

• Karen Lemes, who lived at Hidden Villa for a few years until she and her husband established their family home across the road. She has a rich knowledge of those who lived along Moody Road.

• Thomas McReynolds, who will lend the perspective of a former planning commissioner, council member and mayor. He was one of three authors of the 1973 General Plan, which was amended in 2005 and still sets guidelines for the town. He will offer his views on the past and implications for the town’s future.

A reception will follow the panel discussion.

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