Hi, my name is Nicole and I’m a History student at HSU. I’m going to be doing a research paper on the history of the oil industry and what effect the discovery of oil had on the settlement of the Mattole Valley, as my 3rd Great Grandfather, Charles Aaron Johnston, was one of the first settlers in the area and played a large part in the industry at the time. I’m actually related to many of the Langdon’s, Johnston’s and Lawsons of the area around that time.
If anyone has any information, whatsoever, about the early settlement of the Mattole region, especially anything that involves the discovery of oil (or any of my family members, for Genealogy purposes), I would love to hear from you!
Thank you so much!