Blocksburg, c. 1890

May 2, 2011

Blocksburg, c. 1890

 The store was owned by JS Marble (keep clicking to enlarge), but I can’t find JS in the census…

Ah, there is an AP Marble in the 1880 Census in Powellville and Joseph Marble, a relative, I think, was in Bear River in 1880.  Perhaps Joseph grew up to be J.S., and a merchant…

Blocksburg, c. 1890


There is an entire website devoted to the little town of Blockburg  here.

I suggest you spend some time checking out the history  and photos.


California Pioneer Home

February 6, 2011

Depiction of California Pioneer Home, c. 1867


So I thought I’d stick with the pioneer image theme  for one more post.

The standard trick of multiple clicks doesn’t seem to work on the source site, but you can always increase the magnification of your browser window to see more detail.

The  illustration  offers a great comparison to this “home”   .

Bayside Store, c 1900

December 10, 2010

Will..., Richmond, McFarland, Stern, c. 1900 (McFarland)


The folks in Bayside are collecting photos and stories about their neighborhood for a special edition of the Arcata Eye and a community event to be held at the Bayside Grange sometime in January (I’ll post the details when we get closer to the date).

If you’ve got something you’re willing to share, please let me know and I’ll pass your contact info on to the organizers.

Alton before the interchange

October 26, 2010

Frank Luther's Cash Store, Alton (Peter Palmquist)

I went down to visit my parents in Santa Rosa this weekend and passed through Alton.

It doesn’t look much like this anymore.

Alton 1893


Alton, 1920 (Peter Palmquist)

Baby palm trees on the Arcata Plaza, c 1918

August 3, 2010

Arcata Plaza, c 1918

Poor miserable half naked half starved wretches

July 20, 2010

Fort Humboldt, c. 1885

I realized last night that it might be time to warn new visitors that if they are looking for linear content on this blog, they’d best look elsewhere.  My vocation is project management,  where everything needs to be organized and run in straight lines.  This, on the other hand, is a hobby.  I get distracted, leave topics in the middle, find new sources at random times and insert  tangential facts.  Those with a low tolerance for such things likely don’t come back.  To all you others, I am glad to have you here.  

I recently received a transcript of a diary written by a young man named James Brown (no relation to the other, more infamous James Brown) who served in the military during the 1860s.  

The more “innocent” Brown’s entries are from 1862.  He describes his journey to our rugged and isolated North Coast  and his experiences while stationed here during the beginnings of the civil war (which became the height of our “Indian Wars”). 

It was an excerpt of the following entry he wrote while at Fort Humboldt  (which was located above the Bayshore Mall in Eureka)  that grabbed my attention and prompted my request for the entire document. 

May 9, 1862: On guard.  40 or 50 Squaws and children brought in by the Calvary.  Poor miserable half naked half starved wretches.  The sight was sickening. 


“A good white man”

June 10, 2010

Continued from previous posts, Early Polygamists &  The Ratio


Recently OlManRiver discovered an incredible document entitled:

The Arrest of Jerry Bailey at Usal, Mendocino County, California, 1866, written by Jeremiah “doc” Standley, an early pioneer. *

While Bailey’s arrest is interesting, I am going to focus more on the story of the murder victim, Johnson Heacock.

According to Standley,  

“Heacock had apparently migrated from somewhere on the Atlantic slope as an escapee from justice, having killed a man in self-defense. Innocent or guilty, he was on the run from the law and chose to leave and head “out west” for the isolated… Leggett Valley… inhabited by a tribe of half-civilized Indians and a few white pioneer settlers.”

Once in Mendocino, he met and formed beneficial trading relationships with the local indigenous people.  According to Standley, the Natives came to trust Heacock and when he asked for the hand of a local Indian maiden, her father Ishoma was “… delighted that his daughter, Lillie, was to become the wife of a good white man like Mr. Heacock…” 

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