When Fuel Was 18 Cents a Gallon

April 11, 2013


I do believe that is a fuel truck on the left.

As many already know, please keep clicking on the photo to enlarge-there is a lot of great detail here.


Thought I saw a Bistrins Bag

March 4, 2013

Driving through downtown Eureka the other day I thought I spotted an old blue and gold plastic Bistrins bag dancing in the wind.  It was really just one more piece of discarded trash but it made me nostalgic for some of the old stores that just aren’t around any more.

The following comes from the Times Standard archives:    Harry Bistrin — Longtime Humboldt County residents will immediately recognize the name “Bistrin.” Bistrin and his brother Herman owned and operated 23 retail clothing stores known as “Meyer Bistrins,” carrying on a family business that his parents, Lily and Aaron Bistrin, started in Eureka just six months after his birth in 1927. After retirement, Bistrin served as a top aide to state Sen. Barry Keene and district representative for state legislators Virginia Strom-Martin, Patty Berg and others. He died May 19 at the age of 83.

I’ll attach more Bistrin info at the of the post, but here is Fortuna’s Meyer Bistrins on the left (photo credit to Hans Koster of sunnyfortuna.com.  He actually dug this one up for me by request. Thanks Hans !) Oh, and I just noticed Bon Boniere FOUNTAIN on the right…


And to add to my list of serendipitous history happenings:

I finished a first draft of this post early last week and then stopped at a yard sale last Friday where I found this:


I am sure the woman manning the sale thought I was crazy to want it but I just couldn’t resist.

Times Standard Obituary for Harry Bistrin

Harry Bistrin died in his sleep early Thursday, May 19, 2011, at age 83 in Eureka, where he grew up and lived until moving to the Ukiah Valley more than 20 years ago.

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Great Photo of Falk, 1912

February 27, 2013
Written on image  "photo by S.U. Bunnell 1912 #67 Falk p.77"

Written on image “photo by S.U. Bunnell 1912 #67 Falk p.77”

I’ve seen many photos of Falk (and posted some) but this is one of the best I’ve seen.

For those unfamiliar with our area, Falk was deep in the Elk River Valley, just south east of Eureka-a lumber town established in the 1800s and razed after it was abandoned years later. You can see remnants of the town and read about the history by visiting the Headwater’s Reserve which cuts through the old town site. It has a nice mile of paved trail (easy to do even after a recent rain) and miles more of a dirt and gravel path.

Minor’s Mausoleum

March 27, 2012

Isaac Minor's Mausoleum, Arcata Cemetery

I guess this was what he wanted…?

Where is Hausel Ranch, Fort Grand ?

March 14, 2012

Fort Grand, Hausel Ranch (County of Humboldt Collection)

Couldn’t find Fort Grand and Ancestry.com came up with “zero good matches”  for Hausels in Humboldt County.

Anyone out there know anything about the Hausels or Fort Grand? And I realize I may be making the erroneous assumption that a photo in the Humboldt County Collection is actuallly from Humboldt…  Either way I liked the photo and hope you guys do too…

Penny Postcard Photos from Humboldt and…

October 5, 2011

This wonderful site link comes to us from Tina Nerat.

You’ll find commercial buildings, residential neighborhoods and all kinds of fun photos.

Thanks so much Tina!

Penny Postcards

Uniontown (Arcata), Summer of ’53 (1853)

July 4, 2011

Folks that have known me awhile can attest that I seldom stick with any interest in particular (outside of my family obligations) for any length of time.  Yet… yet, two years later I am still posting to this blog. 

I’d like to think I’m not often motivated by external influences, but the local interest and extremely generous contributions of visitors makes this, well, just a heck of a lot of fun.  This time around “thanks !” goes, once again, to Skippy…

What a beautiful ‘Grand Old Dame’ of a school building gracing Arcata in 1897. Arcata had become a booming and thriving town by this time; electricity already having made its appearance a few years prior along with the other modern marvels at the turn of the century. It wasn’t always this way for the previous generations– the pioneering parents and grandparents– of the Arcata youth pictured here.

44 years earlier Arcata– then called Union– was just becoming a settled place; a crossroad of lush agriculture, supplies, and transportation for the Trinity mines to the east. Judge John Carr gave his first impressions upon visiting Arcata, reminiscings likely to have been remembered by the immediate ancestors of these school children:

“A Trip To Humboldt”
“During the summer of ’53, hearing of the beauties and richness of Humboldt county, I made up my mind to visit that section. Buying a mule, I started from Weaverville, to take a more extended view of the resources of this county. On my arriving at Big Flat, on the lower Trinity, there were rumors of the Indians having broken out and being on the war path. I found waiting for company Judge Peters and two others, and we were joined there by General Denver, all bound for Uniontown, now Arcata…

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