Gloria Sanguinetti Morris’s family bought land in Brookside Orchard in 1933, one of the several Italian families in the neighborhood. As the name suggests, the area was then full of several kinds of fruit trees.
When Mr. Sanguinetti first drove his wife out to look at the property, she said, “Where are you taking me – to the ends of the earth?” The family lived in San Francisco and were summer and weekend residents until the family built a house and came to stay in 1948. Gloria started high school at Sequoia and was in the first graduating class at Menlo Atherton in 1952. She remembers being teased by her classmates about her rural home: “Did you ride your goat to school?” Her mother used an old treadle sewing machine to make clothes, as did most of the other women of the era. Although it isn’t possible to play football on Portola Road any longer, she says Brookside has kept the same feeling that it had in earlier times.