I have a short attention span- but over the years I have kept coming back to local history- and this blog.

My day job is project management, mostly, as founder and owner of Strategic PPM (Strategic Planning & Project Management).  I work mostly for economic development agencies, doing strategic planning, event coordination (now virtual), program development and marketing/promotion.  I also do some marketing and promotion and other projects for private sector clients.

Sometimes I get to do historical and property research and report writing. I’ve also worked with families and old, established businesses to capture their stories and/or put together ancestry/family trees  ( I say “get to” because this last one doesn’t really  feel like work even though I get paid to do it).

I started the blog because I needed a repository for all the historical information I had stuck in my head. Unfortunately life had gotten in the way and my posts were quite sporadic. For good or bad, the current situation has me home more- with more time on my hands and a longing for distraction.  This is a great one- and I hope that folks that find their way here feel that way too…


This is from a previous description of why I started the blog:

Learning about LUCY ‘s murder through old records in the courthouse basement really started my  journey and finding her son’s obituary on my upstairs wall  two years later kept it going.  My focus was the settlement period (1850s-1860s) of Humboldt and Mendocino County, but lately I’ve been too busy to post much about that topic (look through old posts if that interests you or email me if you’re looking for something in particular).

I’ll continue to post old photos as often as I can and will add random historical info periodically just ‘cause.

Folks that aren’t comfortable posting info or asking questions in the comments section can reach me at




56 Responses to About

  1. T says:

    You rock!

    • lynette77 says:

      Why thank you 🙂 Thanks for visiting .

      • Ric Uruchurtu says:

        Lynette. My name is Ric. I like most of your viewers stumbled upon your site by accident. I am a Wiyot Indian living in the state of Washington. I have been attempting to gain information pertaining to North California and the Wiyot Tribes. My family roots are in your immeadiate area and Ive found your web site to very informative. Very well put together. I am looking to find more info on my Grandmother and her two brothers. Charlie, Leon & Lilyan Gibson. I do believe they were a part ot the local timber industry. Could you help me out or help me direct a search? thank You. Sincerely, Ricardo Uruchurtu.

        • Lynette M says:

          Hi Ric,
          I sent you an email regarding your request. Please let me know if you don’t receive it.

    • Lynette M says:

      Yo !

      And thank you 🙂

  2. Tapperass says:

    I look forward to being your reader.

  3. Karin says:

    I stumbled across your site searching for info on the Crescent City – Smith River Indian conflict in 1856. A dictation taken in 1886 by the man that I have been researching says the conflict began because “bad white men were interfering with their squaws”. Very, very unfortunately there always seems to be very evil men that destroy things for everyone else. It is so extremely sad! Thank you for exposing this side of the story. It also brings me to tears…I also know that there were good men out there who were probably incensed at what was going on, just as there are today.

    • lynette77 says:

      I am so glad you found my site. I have been working on an article for our local historical publication about Lucy, one of the native women who lived during this time period–I think that’s why I’ve taken a break from the topic on this site (there is only so much one can take about such a sad history).
      I wish you luck with your research and feel free to let me know if I can help.


  4. Nadananda says:

    Dear Lynette,
    Just talked with Don Tuttle who mentioned you were scanning some of his photos and I was wondering if you had scanned any of his photos on, in or above the Eel River? Looks like you have quite the archive so it makes me wonder if you have done any research on the Eel and where I might find that.

    • Lynette M says:

      Hi there,
      I haven’t scanned much of the Eel River Valley, but I can focus on that area the next time I’m in there and let you know what I find.

  5. Liz says:

    Such a good blog! Thanks! I linked to you while writing up some things I was reading about the Eureka massacres of the Wiyot in 1860.

    • Lynette M says:

      Hi Liz, Welcome. I haven’t done much on that topic in a while (just short on time) but if there is anything in particular you’re looking for, please let me know.

  6. […] recent comment/request for information by Ric, a  blog visitor in Washington, has prompted me to look through old […]

  7. K Berry says:

    I just discovered your blog and am very pleased to read each new entry. It is fascinating to read the early history of places I am so familiar with. Thank you for sharing this knowledge!

  8. What a fascinating blog…was delighted to stumble here..and shalll look forward to reading more..Eliza Keating

  9. Ellin Beltz says:

    Here’s a fascinating tale for you



    Who knew you could roll a submarine on logs and it would still be seaworthy? Go Mercer-Fraser!

  10. Mike Worthen says:

    Hello, Mike Worthen here. My great-grandfather, William Shuster worked for Mr. Carson and at the Carson Mansions among many other businesses in Eureka. I see you have found my Uncle Merle Shuster’s incredible collection My grandmother is a historian of sorts and is the author of the wonderful book entitled, “A Castle in Fairyland”(available in local book stores) She is 101 yrs. old in a few months and doing fantastic still. Wonderful blog! Keep up the great work.

  11. Calhistorian says:

    Great blog! There are few blogs worth anything on American history, let alone California history. I think we should perhaps swap links! I blog on late nineteenth-century California and San Francisco. (gildedempire.wordpress.com) It is great to see history being brought to the digital world.

  12. Ellin Beltz says:

    Did you know, that Isaac Minor owned a granite stone quarry on the Mad River, across from Hannah’s quarry which was the site for removal of 2,000 tons of granite in 1884 to be used in the construction of the St. George Lighthouse at Seal Rock off Crescent City? I can’t find any photos of the quarry, but Mr. Minor’s mausoleum is supposed to be made of the same granite.

    The location was given as south 1/2 of the NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 section 8, 6N1E, “near where the 101 crosses the Mad River now.”

    If you ever find a photo of those quarries, I’d be really interested to see it!


    James Roscoe
    Consultants Report, Appendix G.
    Surface Mining and Reclamation Activities in the Inland and Coastal Zones of Humboldt County
    Mad River Final PEIR (1994)

    • Lynette M says:

      I’ve seen photos of the quarry and thought I had some, but no luck so far.
      I will keep looking.

  13. Cleta Wright Cater says:

    I am looking for pictures that Elmo Seely took of school children. He was the potographer for the schools around 1958 till his death. We are looking for photos taken in the schools around Eureka, ca and Cutten, Ca. Would you have any information on this. I have been to the Historical Society,Clarks Musum Would appreciate the help

    • Lynette M says:

      I have old school house photos, but none with students.
      Have you checked with the Humboldt County Office of Education?

      They may have old photos archived somewhere….

  14. Brook McCurdy says:

    Hi Lynette, I just stumbled across your blog while searching for some old photos of the Greyhound Hotel (on 3rd St. between E & F in old town Eureka) and was wondering if you happened to have any, or could direct me where to look. I work for the architect who is renovating it and we would like to recreate some of the old signage.
    Thanks! It was fun searching through the photos on this site!

  15. Terri Batt says:

    Hi Lynette! Great blog! Love the picture from Little River Redwood Logging Co.. I’m the curator for the Portville Historical and Preservation Society here in WNY. Recently we were given a bunch of things from the logging days of NorCal and SoOre. One of the items was a logging map of Little River Redwood Logging Co. from 1912-1920. Very interesting! I didn’t know if you had any history that may go with the logging company or not. The former owners lived in our little town and I’m trying to fill in some of the spaces in our website portvillehistory.org with the Dusenbury and Wheeler families.
    Keep up the great work!

  16. Candace Morgan says:

    Hi, I’m looking for information about William Norman Underwood, he was born in Fortuna in 1862, son of Wesley and Adelia Underwoord early pioneers. He was my great-grandfather. Does anyone know why he left the area and changed his to to William Norman Ross?
    Thank you,

    • Lynette M says:

      I am so sorry for the delay. I am checking with a wonderful local historian and will let you know if I learn anything….


  17. Mary Stevens says:

    Hi, I grew up in Eureka and along the way recall hearing various stories from my mother about the Hoopa people. Her recollections were not flattering and my mother was a true reflection of her up bringing and attitude towards native people. Will continue reading your informative blog.

    M Stevens

    • Lynette M says:

      Glad you found the blog. There were … difficulties in this community between what were perceived as different groups-ethnic, religious, etc. Unfortunately we still see that today.

  18. I take pleasure in, result in I found exactly what I was taking a look for.
    You’ve ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day.

  19. Just found your blog and signed up. I grew up in Blue Lake and since moved away. The information you provide is just mind boggling. Thank you.

    • Lynette M says:

      Gregg, Glad you found and are enjoying the blog. Clearly I’ve neglected it for a long time but thankfully the info sticks 🙂

  20. cleta Cater says:

    Do you have any history of Redwood Creek Indians? I was told that they helped build the bridges up that way and also prisoners from
    San Quentin helped also.

    • Lynette M says:

      Hi Cleta, the info I have is only early settlement period, 1850s & early 1860s, when the tribe was involved in the Indian “Wars” and am afraid I haven’t heard anything about the bridge construction. Sorry ! And I do apologize for the delayed response. Moving and life has gotten in the way …

  21. Just came across your blog and I love what you have created here! My husband and I recently started a blog nextgenhistorians.worspress.com, focusing mostly on local history in Tulare County California. Your blog is an inspiration for us!

  22. Margaret A Lee says:

    Dear Lynette – I have never used a ‘blog’ before – I am in Melbourne, Australia and wondered if you had any information on a Sanitary Fair held in Aracata in 1865. There is a photograph of an enormous cake sold at the fair – As you can imagine – I have NO way of researching further from here. My interest is in the Fairs and especially the West Coast commitment to the War. Any ideas where I should go? best wishes Margaret Lee

    • Ellin says:

      Dear Margaret A. Lee: One stop shopping for your query, here https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NationalSanitaryCake1865Flags.JPG where a picture of the cake also has a link to the story behind it in the description line. Incidentally, the town name is “Arcata (formerly Union)”, the Lincoln Archive added the extra letter and I have written them also about the typo. Hope this helps !! Please feel free to google my name for email contact info (easy) and continue the dialog if you need more information. Cheers!

      • Margaret A Lee says:

        Dear Lynette – SO sorry about not thanking you – I didn’t understand how this works so missed your reply – MANY thanks. I will try to e-mail you but I am not sure if I just Google you as Lynette M?? Is that enough – I would love to know more about the Californian response to the Sanitary Fairs and the local fundraising efforts. I have been working on Thomas Starr King and his relationship to Reverend Henry Bellows (USSC) (Bellows came to Cal. for nine months to replace King when he unexpectedly died and he toured the gold and silver fields of Cal. and Nevada) and what a problem it would have been to their funds if California cut back, or heaven forbid, ceased to send funds East. I haven’t much available to me re California – Your e-mail address would make my contact with you easier but I do realise that you are busy with your blog? Many thanks for your time though, Best wishes, Margaret Lee

    • Lynette M says:

      Looks like Ellin has this. Thanks Ellin !

  23. Dave Glende says:

    Hi Lynette,

    Just ran across your blog. My Mom’s side of the family came to Arcata in the mid and late 1800’s. John and Sarah Barter arrived in Eureka in 1862. Moved to ‘Arcata Bottom’ in 1871. William and Helen Campbell moved to Arcata in 1883. Leopold Seidell and his parents/family moved to Arcata some time prior to 1879; unsure of the date. Do you have any good resources for ‘census’/list of residents from 1850 onward?


    • Lynette M says:

      Hi there,
      If you are in Eureka, the county library has local census lists. If you are elsewhere, Ancestry.com is awesome and well worth the investment. I use it often for research. If this isn’t an option for you, let me know and maybe I can dig up some info.
      Just email historyaddicts@gmail.com

  24. Sharon Moeller says:

    My grandfather had a stagecoach stop on Seward Rd back in early 1900’s (James Hubbard) He 54 had a young wife Bertha Hubbard(Mullin) 17 and 2 daughters Betty (my mother) and younger sister Laverne. I have just begun trying to put pieces together. I have seen and been to the house or( Homestead) as my mom had called it… (wagon ruts still lead to the house. I know the barn burned down . is there any info on possible stage coach stops or possible records going to Fort Seward? The Homestead still stood in 1996 when I went there last .. being swallowed up in the forest. Sadie Mullin) Nunnemaker my Great Aunt lived at Eel Rock and lost her family home in the Christmas Flood of 1964. So Mullins were around that area. Any information would be wonderful …
    thankyou for your time
    Sharon Moeller

    • Lynette M says:

      I’m afraid I don’t have any info but will post your question/request soon and see if we get anything that way…

  25. Lindsie Bear says:

    Hi, Lynette. I’m writing from News from Native California magazine to see if you’d be interested in publishing your TEDx talk about California slavery with us. If you’re up for discussing it, my email is lindsie@heydaybooks.com.

    Best wishes,
    Lindsie Bear
    Editor, News from Native California

  26. Adirana says:

    Hi Lynette,

    I am a German, living in San Francisco and maintaining a history blog about the city. http://www.fog-city.de
    I am curious, if you would be interested in link-sharing?

    also, if i could republish some of your amazing articles on my blog?



  27. Jo Crandall says:

    Looking for more info on Buckskin Jacks early history in California. Did you ever chase him in Idaho? I have all his Idaho history. Sounds like he was pretty wicked befor he came from Ca. I am trying to find any name for his wife. Supposedly brought two Indian girls with him. Looking for any history on them.

  28. Jay Bee says:

    Hello I came across your blog while trying to research the history of a certain house in eureka. The reason being that in the short period of time that I lived in this house with my pregnant wife unexplainable things have happened. We then heard that others have experienced things as well and this place is known as being haunted. This is a very old house in an old part of eureka, about a block from the eureka inn on G street. I can’t give you my real name because of the confidentiality policy involved with the current use of this house and if I did I couldn’t confirm or deny that I ever lived there that said we’re freaked out and just want to know who keeps touching us, why we can’t see them and what they’re intentions are. Who built this place and what is it’s history. If you think you can help, email me for the address. Thank you .

  29. Marcie says:

    Lynette my name is marcie and i have been looking for a friend of mine that used to live in Tulsa OK. Are u her?

  30. BOBBI JO PARKER says:

    Lynette did you go to Fortuna High School?

  31. EmRArt says:

    Don’t know if you’re aware of this, but your blog is often shared on Facebook in a local group called, “Humboldt County History” and then sometimes also on another local group, “Humboldt County, California in pictures, old and new”

    Wish I’d known about your blog back when I was looking for info on the old rail cars, as I was scrounging all over the place for high-res images to use on the utility box I painted on Harris & S in Eureka.

    • Lynette says:

      Harris and S ? I can’t picture but I’ll be sure to pay attention the next time I go by that way. I have a ton of photos, so if you’re ever looking for any other pics, please don’t hesitate to ask…
      And yes, I actually share the posts on FB- folks in those groups seem to enjoy them- and often people will add even more info than what I have (as you’ve probably noticed…).

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