As some folks know, I grew up in Rio Dell but have been unable to find many old photos of the place. Searching “Rio Dell” online I did find this rather simple but wonderful photo- and I think that is the hill above Belleview Ave in the background.
The information with this photo says George Pate, Rio Dell (?).
I did find Mr. Pate’s information on Find A Grave, and he was, in fact, from Rio Dell. He died in 1907 just after his 70th birthday. He doesn’t look anywhere near that old in this image, making this a pretty old photo…
Mr. Pate was a veteran and suffered “worse than wounds” (I am not sure what this means…- maybe mental health issues/trauma?). I found the following information in his online obituary
“Old Soldier Called”. Not unexpected came the call of “taps” to Veteran George W. Pate at his home in Rio Dell on Monday, July 22, 1907. Burdened with years and since the war handicapped with internal troubles contracted during arduous campaigns he at last succumbed.
George W. Pate was born in Maquoketa, Jackson county, Iowa, May 18, 1837. His youth and early manhood were spent on the farm. In 1862 when the country needed men he enlisted in Co. F. 31st Iowa regiment and served until the end of the war. Tho present at Lookout Mountain, Chickamauga and with Sherman during his march to the sea, Comrade Pate was never wounded, though he suffered worse than wounds and was never a well man again.
At the close of the war he returned to the work on the farm. In December of 1889 he came to California, settled at Rohnerville and farmed. About 13 years ago he obtained his present home at Rio Dell where he has since resided.
George never married.
George Washington Pate
18 Jul 1837 Hurstville, Jackson County, Iowa, USA
22 Jul 1907 (aged 70)Rio Dell, Humboldt County, California, USA
I ran across this old post the other day, which I’ve always found interesting and pretty tragic in its ramifications ….
Researching Lucy has given me an opportunity to learn many, many things about our history, including the court’s attitude toward illegitimate children in the early 1900s.
The following came from the Superior Court of California (County of Humboldt) probate record for Charles Mulberg (Lucy’s son) , who died “on or about March 23, 1928″.
…Inheritance in all other cases is eliminated on account of public policy founded upon a moral reason. If every illegitimate child could claim inheritance from his brothers and sisters, public scandal would be placed upon the head of many otherwise decent and respectable citizens. The legislature therefore evidently considered it a better policy to lessen public scandal and deny inheritance to an illegitimate, than to throw open the doors of public scandal and gossip, subject many persons to questionable ridicule and permit an illegitimate to expose the illicit relations of his or her ancestors, merely for the purpose of sharing the estate of his parent’s kindred. It therefore left the right of inheritance of an illegitimate to these cases where the parents themselves had exposed such illicit relations by admitting parentage. …
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…