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Jim Lucas

Jim Lucas

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Όλοι εμείς που μοιραζόμαστε αγάπη και πάθος για τον Ελληνισμό, γνωρίζουμε πόσο σημαντική είναι η διατήρηση της ιστορίας των ανθρώπων που συνέβαλαν στην δημιουργία του κάθε τόπου που έζησαν ανά τον κόσμο! Κατά περιόδους, ο Σύλλογος μας, χρειάζεται οικονομική βοήθεια για να συνεχίσει να ενδυναμώνει το έργο του. Η ετήσια συνδρομή είναι $25, απλά πατήστε τον σύνδεσμο για τον λογαριασμό του Συλλόγου μας στο PayPal. Με την βοήθειά σας, μπορούμε να συντηρήσουμε την υπέροχη ιστορία του Ελληνισμού μας.

Μαθαίνουμε και μοιραζόμαστε όλοι μας το έργο του Συλλόγου εδώ www.sanfranciscogreeks.com.

Σας ευχαριστούμε για την εκτίμησή σας στο έργο μας και καθώς και για την πιθανή συνεισφορά σας στην δυναμική συνέχισή του!

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Dear friends,

This is the time of the year people start Spring cleaning projects. Do you have items from Greek community events? Albums from festivals or special events? Or items related to AHEPA or the Daughters of Penelope? Newspapers or photographs related to the Greek community?

Please do not get rid of them. The Greek Historical Society of the San Francisco Bay Area will gladly accept them. If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, we will arrange to have someone pick them up.

Over the past few years, we have had much success in building an archive relating to the history of our community in the San Francisco area and we are continually adding items. Your support has made that possible. It leaves a lasting legacy for those that want to learn about the history of our community and those individuals that sacrificed so much for future generations.

If you prefer to mail items to us, please send them to:

Greek Historical Society San Francisco Bay Area
2651 17th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116

We will send you a letter acknowledging your donation.

Questions? Please write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you.

Greek Historical Society of the San Francisco Bay Area


A sampling of our photo archive:

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The Greek Historical Society is seeking help in finding out more information regarding the Coumas family of Manteca, CA, a murder that occurred in 1932, and what happened to family members later in life. We are developing the story. If you have an information to share with us, please write to us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Tom Coumas Draft:


There are several stories regarding Greek criminals on sanfranciscogreeks.com.  Each one is interesting in their own way. Just when I think that all of the stories to write about are done, another one comes up. I have my mother to thank for this one because the story is set in her home town of Manteca. There is an interesting legal aspect to the story.


My mother spent her childhood in Manteca, CA. During the 1920s, Manteca was very rural and could be described as a farming community.  I believe you could say that today although the town is much larger. In the 1920s, there were many Greek farmers and they all knew each other.


This story is about Tom Coumas (1889-1974).  He was born October 28, 1889.  He immigrated to the United States January 4, 1907 at the age of 17.  He later became a US citizen in 1914. He met his wife Margaret (1893-1979 - A Belgian immigrant) in Portland, OR and by 1917 they were married.  The couple later moved to Manteca, CA. They had four children; Chester (1919-1996), Dorothy, John (1924-1940), and Peter.  The family bought land in Manteca in the 1920s which they described as a working ranch. He listed his profession as farmer.


Tom Coumas had a brother Gus (1895-1931) in the Manteca area and a sister Fotini in Calexico. Gus Coumas died in Manteca from injuries suffered in a tractor accident which occurred on the Lourentzos farm, on March 7, 1931. He was only married for six months to Bessie Kachiroubas Coumas of Tripolis, Greece, whom he married in Greece and brought to the United States.  Funeral services were held at the St. Basil's Greek Orthodox Church in Stockton and he was buried in Parkview Cemetery in Manteca, California.


During the period 1929-1932, Margaret Coumas was committed to the Stockton State Hospital for the Insane. Mr. Coumas’ younger children were put under the care of his housekeeper, Mrs. Cora Hickman. Margaret Coumas remained at the Stockton State Hospital until her passing in 1979. During this period their son Chester was living at the Lone Star Reformatory.


The children will enrolled at Castle School in Manteca. Their son John had Mrs. Olive Taylor as a teacher. She was 55 years old and had been a teacher for more than twenty years.  There were several instances where John came home and said that the teacher was not being fair with him. Mrs. Taylor treated the other children differently.  Mr. Coumas had a few conversations with Mrs. Taylor about his son.


On April 20, 1932,   Mrs. Taylor reprimanded John and Dorothy for bad behavior and spanked them.  Mr. Coumas was so angry he went to the school with a pistol and killed Mrs. Taylor in her classroom and shot the janitor, Mr. William Douval in the jaw.  There were several witnesses.  Mr. Douval later recovered. After the incident Mr. Coumas attempted to hideout with several Greek families including my grandparents.  California governor Jim Rolph (the long time SF mayor) offered a $500 reward for information leading to Mr. Coumas’ capture.


After the murder, the Kaloutsis family in Manteca adopted Peter Coumas.


Mr. Coumas fled the country to Greece abandoning his wife and children. In April 1933, he married a woman named Georgia adding bigamy to list of crimes. He opened a grocery business with her money.


While Mr. Coumas was in Greece, he was convicted of manslaughter in the US.  The US government attempted to have him extradited and the Greek government refused. However, the Greek authorities sentenced Mr. Coumas to five years in prison for the murder of Mrs. Taylor. He served his sentence was released.  At the beginning of World War II he moved into the Greek mountains to flee the German occupation.


After the war was over, he returned to find his wife and children.  On September 26, 1947 he was arrested for the murder of Mrs. Taylor. His defense was that he had already served his time and cannot be tried again. The case received a lot of attention at the time because the public wondered if his prison term in another country would count the same as if he served time in the US.  The California Supreme Court concluded that he cannot be tried again and he was released. He was never prosecuted in the US for bigamy.


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Saturday, February 1, 2014


Ascension Cathedral

4700 Lincoln Way

Oakland, CA


No – host Cocktails 6:30 pm

Dinner 7:30 pm

Live music by Mythos

Dancing – Raffle


Donations:  Adults $55

Children under 12   $20


Make checks payable to Navarino Messinian Society and mail to:

Niki Kastoras

586 Wildwood Way

San Francisco, CA 94112


For information:

Titika Koplos: 925–946-1810

Niki & Tom Kastoras: 415-337-7819

Voula Fanourgiakis: 650-873-7299

George Kostantopoulos: 510-428-0204

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Hi, We are currently looking for Greek native speakers for an onsite testing position in Cupertino, CA.

Allow me to tell you a bit more about the projects. They are all about testing our client’s software applications and websites. In particular, you will be testing:
• Whether any string is cut off.
• Whether strings are left in English.
• Any typos or spelling errors.
• If strings make sense in context.
• Any bugs should be logged in a bug database.

As for the location, every project is carried out onsite at our client's lab in Cupertino, CA.
The testing hours are from 9am to 5pm with a one-hour lunch break that is unpaid.
We offer an hourly rate that we will agree on as we move forward with the onboarding + mileage compensation $0.55 per mile.

if you are interested and are eligible to work in the US, please submit your cv to (Lu Ameriso) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thanks!

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Friday, April 4, 2014, 8:00PM
Nourse Theatre - San Francisco

Mario Frangoulis, the world-renowned powerhouse tenor, returns to the US stage with his electrifying voice and stunning charisma. As 2011's "Best Male Classical Crossover Artist," he is consistently ranked alongside Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban. Frangoulis wows audiences around the globe with his unique ability to belt out everything from an operatic aria to a booming rock anthem. Fresh off a dazzling performance with the legendary Boston Pops that has gripped millions of PBS viewers across the nation, Frangoulis unveils songs from his latest CD, Beautiful Things, an emotional repertoire of inspirational songs in five languages. Audiences will marvel at his remarkable vocal talent, and passionate performance.

To purchase tickets online:


Mario Frangoulis Official Site:


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Over the past year, we have received numerous requests from people wanting to learn Greek folk dancing. The requests are primarily coming from people who have married someone Greek and they have also become Orthodox Christians.

There is a  strong desire to learn Greek customs and traditions, not just dance.  They call their local parish only to find that Greek dance classes are not offered to adults, only children.

Look no further. Solutions do exist.

There is a group in San Francisco called “Greek Feet.”  On the internet, you can find us at www.greekfeet.com.  They meet every Monday for 7:30pm – 9:30pm. We meet at the Joe Goode Annex, Project Artaud, 401 Alabama Street (at 17th), in the Potrero Hill district.

Classes are $20 per month, or $10 for a drop in session.  They will get you ready for dancing at your next Greek event.

If you have any questions please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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