During writer Jack London and his wife Charmian’s VISIT and TOUR of Eureka in 1911, they were apparently invited to stay on former Eureka Mayor H.L. Ricks’ houseboat, the Harbor Rest, which was moored on Humboldt Bay. I had no idea there were ever houseboats on Humboldt Bay, especially over 100 years ago…
The Ricks family often used the boat for entertaining…
Interesting- it looks like they swapped locations of a door and window at some point, but otherwise the building is wonderfully intact….
The Ferndale Enterprise office is (now) located at 207 Francis Street in the historic Dr. Alford house, built in 1884. In 1881 the house next door to 207 Francis — the one with two front doors located at 219 Francis — was built in 1881 as an office for The Ferndale Enterprise.
The following history of the Ferndale Enterprise is posted on the newspaper website HERE.
It was on May 11, 1878 that the Jones boys — William Gaston, James and Archibald, sons of the town’s Methodist minister — launched their weekly newspaper. It hasn’t missed an issue since.
The Joneses had taken space on Brown Street to house their offices and printing press. William Gaston Jones was the editor. He and his brothers had launched the Enterprise as an answer to oft-expressed dreams of Ferndale citizens to have their own newspaper, and also in the face of skepticism that the venture could succeed financially. Within a few months, the Jones brothers had removed any lingering doubts by engaging sales agents in Eureka, Rohnerville, Petrolia — even Sacramento and San Francisco.
In 1880, the Reverend Jones left the Methodist Church, and his sons moved with the family. This caused them to sell the newspaper to F.A. Alford, a physician.
Over the years, the Enterprise has changed owners 14 times. The longest-running ownerships were those of Herbert N. Briggs (1901-10, in partnership with William E. Butler, and 1910-32 as sole owner); and George and Hazel Waldner (1939-80). Elizabeth Poston McHarry, owner/publisher from 1982, sold the Enterprise to TSM Publishing, Inc. in October 1995. In October 1998, the paper was sold to editor Caroline Titus, who had edited and contributed to the paper for seven years prior, and to her husband, Ferndale native Stuart Titus. Today, Ferndale’s hometown newspaper has more than 1,700 subscribers, an average of 3,500 to 4,000 readers each week, and subscribers in 28 states besides California.
In 1997, for the first time since Hazel Waldner announced the end of World War II with a hand-printed red banner headline, the Enterprise won a statewide newspaper competition. It was judged first in its class for editorials and second for spot news by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Since then, its winning streak continues, with more than 30 state and national awards gracing the office wall.
Humboldt’s Historic Photographs and the Stories They Tell
In the midst of these challenging times, this class is strictly fun.
Coming up Wednesday….
Delve into the history of well-known and familiar Humboldt County sites and events. Discover the fascinating local history of these places, and see how structures and landscapes have evolved over time.