I don’t know that we’d want to hear them (because they’re likely heartbreaking), but it is clear to me that these people have many stories to tell.
Please, please click to keep zooming on this one to view an amazing mix off traditional indian homes and early settler structures.
Korbel is just a few miles from Blue Lake and is still home to an old Simpson Mill (now California Redwood Company) and a few homes.
Unfortunately, this grand old hotel no longer exists.
In December of 2007, we drove to Oregon to pick up my husband’s 10 year old half-brother. He’d been living in Washington with his dad (also my husband’s father), but that wasn’t going to work anymore. Jay was coming home to live with us.
To be honest, I had the hardest time adjusting. My kids were older and pretty independent, but Jay was only ten. He was amazingly resilient and bright and adaptable but still needed to be reminded to wash his hands before he ate and couldn’t be left home alone. He was a great kid, though. He adjusted well to our family, and (after a few grumpy days) I adjusted as well.
Jay is Hupa and when he came to live with us I was already familiar with the historic practice of kidnapping and indenturing Native American children. Painfully aware. Yet I distinctly remember looking at him one night as he stood in a doorway in his little boxer shorts looking cute and vulnerable, and thinking that I could see why someone would steal such a child. I am embarrassed to admit it, but I could. He was a beautiful Indian child and 150 years ago, people killed to possess them.
Oh, what to do with that? To know that. It hurts me to know and yet here I sit. And share.
And move on to the point of my story which is, weirdly enough, about genealogy.
I’ve only been able to find one mention of the Englewood School–on Facebook, no less. “…Photographs of one [schoolhouse] built of redwood logs still standing in Humboldt County, The Englewood School, 1870-1907″
If anyone has any other info, it would be most welcome.
A friend of mine has discovered a passion for local history and recently gave a speech in Toastmasters about Flanigan Bros., a company formed in the late 1800s to mine rocks in Bayside for use in constructing the first jetty. Apparently it took about 10 years to build and didn’t even last that long.
I’ll see if he has a copy of his speech and if so I’ll post it here.
This grand old place still stands in Old Town, Eureka, across the street from Roy’s Club.