Lower Scabo—A Bit of Our History from SVNA

By Rose Anne Stokes

I have lived in “Scabo” for approximently 49 years. My four kids were raised here and went to John McPhail, Santa Venetia Middle School then on the San Rafael High.
I can’t really tell you where the name Skabo came from, but in the early ’60s there was a lot of crime out here. Kids would sit on top of the hill and with walkie-talkies, they would warn the others when the sheriff or owners of houses were coming. We had several families with kids who caused all kinds of trouble.
My ex and his family lived on Roosevelt when there were cows in their back yard. Everyone knew each other. My mother-in-law worked at Santa Venetia Market. The way into Santa Venetia was down San Pablo Road. I used to come out to China Camp with my dad to fish. There was the San Rafael Airport where Adrian Terrace now is. There was a store called “Tweedies” at the place where 7/11 now stands. Tweedies had everything you ever needed!
Around 1954-55, they built a grocery store called Littlemans, then it changed to Cala Market. We had a barber shop, drug store, dance studio, and a few little stores. It was where Adrian Terrace is now. It also had a service station. Those were the days!
When we counted the number of kids on Rosal Way where I live, we counted 60+ kids on Rosal only. The sign on Golf Avenue was made by Duane Dotson. The Dotsons lived on that corner for years. Duane still owns that house.
The kids in Santa Venetia started the name Skabo. It’s been spelled Skubo, Scubo, Scabo and any other way. I don’t think anyone really knows the correct spelling. Most of the kids are now in their 50s. Everyone knew the Deems, Zapas, Livingstons, Hughes, Stokes, Krezewicks, Belbens, Williams, Marleys, Zamberlains, and all the rest that lived out here, too many to mention.
We had a Yacht Club by McPhail school where we held a raft race one summer. The kids would swim at the lagoon and jump off the bridge at Margarita Island. I kept my horse at Schmidt ranch along with other girls. There was Sue Swanson, Leslie Warlaw, from Northbridge and Michelle Dunn, and several others whose names I can’t remember, but I do remember the fun we had.
Sorry to go on, but when I get started about “Lower Skabo”, I can’t help remembering the better times.

This brought on a whole slew of egroup postings as to the spelling and origination of the nickname—the agreement seems to be the spelling was “scabo” and the Lower Scabo reference was from “Lil Abner” and Lower Slobovia. See the comics at www.lil-abner.com