One of the wonderful things about this blog is the opportunity for us to learn from each other. I recently received the following as a comment, and it had SO MUCH great information, I decided to share it as a post. Thanks, Nan !
You can also visit Nan’s blog, http://jewsofthegoldrush.blogspot.com/ , which has some great local history.
I am researching, and have been for the past four, five, six years–yes it becomes an obsession as you said–the Jewish pioneers of Humboldt. What I have found is that when Humboldt Bay opened up, Jewish immigrants from Western Europe flocked here to open up mercantile establishments; Augustus Jacoby being the one of most renown. Aside from his historical “storehouse” he was instrumental in getting the road built between Arcata and Weaverville. Others are the Fleishmans, the Manheims, the Feigenbaums –one whose first name I cannot recall at them moment, as there were several of them– was in business with Henry Rohner at the time Rohnerville was founded. There were the Greenbaums and the Greenwalds–a colorful family–their son Samuel rode with the Rough Riders and left all his military memorabilia to the Humboldt Historical Society; their daughter Minnie married David Wood, son of LK Wood; there was also Jake Loewenthal whose grandchildren some folks still around might have known. Most of the others left the area, mainly for San Francisco. There were many others. I have stories to tell and I have been writing them down–one was published in the Humboldt Historian awhile back–about Minnie and David and the train that fell into Mad River when the bridge collapsed, killing their two little girls; (you can see all their headstones, including Minnie’s parents in the Greenwood Cemetery). Another story is about the first “Emerald Triangle”–an opium trade the went between Japan, Hawaii, British Columbia and Humboldt that a fellow named Wiley started; Louis Greenwald got involved in it as Wiley’s “lieutenant” and wound up spending time in prison for his bad judgment–also lost his wife over it.