The Ramies Family

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Martin is one of ten children in the Ramies family. They arrived in Portola Valley by a circuitous route from Spain to Hawaii to Morgan Hill to Mountain View, ending up here in the 1920s. A poor family, they lived in various places: the Jelich barn, across the creek at the Manginis’, in a house by the windmill and on Nathhorst, where Martin was born.  All the kids worked in the orchards for the big estate owners—Schillings, Jacklings, Phlegers, Fitzhughs. Morsheads. After serving in the Korean War, Martin went to work for the Lindstroms who had opened the Portola Valley Garage in 1948, buying it from them in monthly installments with no down payment in 1963. He worked there for 45 years.

Three generations of the Ramies Family at a family gathering.

Jack & Laura (Ramies) Mangini, Martin Ramies, Michael Ramies, Tom Ramies
Jack & Laura (Ramies) Mangini, Martin Ramies, Michael Ramies, Tom Ramies
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Ron Ramies, the oldest of the Ramies brothers, runs Ramies Automotive at 115 Portola Road, just a little over half a mile from the Portola Valley Garage.

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