1850s Eureka

January 29, 2016
HC.Eureka.c1854

Source: Humboldt County Collection

Excerpt:

HISTORY OF HUMBOLDT COUNTY CALIFORNIA,  by Leigh H. Irvine

HISTORIC RECORD COMPANY, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: 1915

Early in 1856 the county seat was moved to Eureka from Arcata and business revived very much the spring thereafter. Ever since that date its course has been steadily onward, until now [1915] it is a city approximating fifteen thousand population, with excellent chances ahead of it. The town was incorporated on April 18, 1856, and the first election of officers resulted in a satisfactory manner as follows : Trustees, James T. Ryan, C. F. Ricks, A. F. Rollins, J. M. Eddy, and George Graham. C. F. Ricks was president of the board, and J. M. Eddy was secretary. Read the rest of this entry »


Results of an Arcata Tinman’s Hard Work…

January 27, 2016
Arcata 1881 Source: History Of Humboldt County,Elliott

Arcata 1881
Source: History Of Humboldt County,Elliott.  Left caption says: Robt. Burn’s Hardware Store. Right caption says: Burns Block.

You may recognize the commercial building on the upper right…

I have to admit I just grabbed this illustration out of Elliott’s book because it showed some early Arcata structures but I looked up Mr. Burns in the 1880 census (Ancestry.com). He appears to have done very well as a “tinman” who immigrated from England…

Burns.Census.1880

 


Eureka, 2nd & F Streets 1901 and Today

January 25, 2016

This is looking up F Street “standing” about 1/2 way between 1st and 2nd Streets.

Eureka.2ndFStreets.SouvenirBook.1901

Source: Humboldt County Souvenir Book, 1901

Eureka.2ndFStreets.GoogleStreetView.2015

Source: GoogleMaps, Street View


1906 Expulsion of the Chinese

January 24, 2016
The County photo is dated 1885, but Pfaelzer dates is 1906...

Source: Humboldt County Collection (notice the Yacht Club in the background)

Jeannie Pfaelzer included a photo in her book, Driven Out, The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans, that references a Chinese expulsion in Humboldt County in 1906- I’ve finally found the story…

In the summer of 1905, the Tallant-Grant Co. of Astoria, Oregon established a cold storage plant at Port Kenyon on the Salt River and with the commencement of the salmon season in October, purchased the fishermen’s catches for two cents a pound. During two months of fishing and at various times, daily receipts of nine, ten, and twelve tons were recorded (Ferndale Enterprise, 1 Aug. 1905; 17 Oct. 1905; 27 Oct. 1905; 5 Dec. 1905). Because Eel River salmon were no longer of the size or grade most desirable for cold storage purposes and in order to handle this surplus, the Company explored the feasibility of developing a cannery at Port Kenyon (Ferndale Enterprise 2 Oct. 1906). An inquiry was made to the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce about the employment of Chinese labor, without which, the Company claimed such a plant could not be successful. The Chamber responded that there would be no objection as long as certain conditions were met,including 1) the Chinese would work only at the cannery, 2) stay no longer than the period of operations, and 3) they would not be permitted at any time to leave the vicinity of the cannery (Ferndale Enterprise 22 June 1906). The Tallant-Grant Company built a 110×50 addition to the Port Kenyon Cold Storage Company building for the cannery, which began operations during the 1906 season. The investors felt that such a facility would be economically viable by utilizing the smaller salmon caught by the local fishermen and easily exported via the Salt River (Ferndale Enterprise 4 Sept. 1906; 9 Oct. 1906). Read the rest of this entry »


Whitethorn School-Bit of a contrast to Winship…

January 23, 2016
HCOE.Whitethorn 1

Undated (sadly). Source: Humboldt County Office of Education Schools Collection


Original Winship School House

January 21, 2016

It goes without saying that losing these old school houses was a tragedy.

According to Fred Nelson (posted on Facebook):

Winship School replaced the old Grant School and was opened in 1890 with 500 elementary grade children. In 1896, it became the first high school in Humboldt Co. It became an intermediate school for 7 and 8 grades in 1914 and was closed in 1926. The old Winship was then demolished and the Eureka Municipal Auditorium was built at the location. (Please note, though, that other folks are saying that the Muni actually incorporated some of the original school building)

Humboldt

Source: Humboldt County Office of Education Collection 

HCOE.Winship Back View

Winship-back view 


Arcata Boardwalk and Other Things, c. 1930

January 21, 2016

Please click on the photo to enjoy the details

Arcata.c1930s.HStreet.HSU.2012.02.0179

Source: HSU Special Collection: Palmquist/Yale [2012.02.0179]