Topic Suggestions

Hi folks,

I realize that I am pretty much fixated on the settlement period right now  but also recognize that others may have different interests, or want to expand on a certain element of a topic that is brought up.

I don’t know if this structure is the best way to do it, but thought folks to add topic ideas here, under comments, then I can create categories and/or post headings for that topic, which will allow for on-going discussion.  Hopefully that makes sense.   The only request I have is that the topics relate to local history in some way…

115 Responses to Topic Suggestions

  1. Ross Rowley says:

    This book is an incredible source. Not so much for the accounts of the slaughter of the first peoples in the area, but for the comingling of the Karuk people and the first white settlers in an around Somes Bar.

    Wes Hotelling was a well respected man in the Klamath-Trinity region when I was growing up. I highly recommend purchasing the book for a read that is from an author who was born and raised right in the midst of history and not from someone who arrived in Humboldt County after the 1970’s who writes through conjecture and theory.

    • Dale Nulph says:

      Wes was the District Ranger in Salyer in the early 50’s. My Dad worked for him and has some GREAT old stories, as well as his book.

  2. lynette77 says:

    Thanks for the suggestion. I am going to copy your post onto the main page, just to make sure everyone sees it. Thanks for visiting.

  3. Arlene Hartin says:

    I enjoyed reading your blog, still need to check the archives. I do want to mention that, if you two have the time, you should go see the two movies,both Valley of the Giants, on Saturday or Sunday, December 12 or 13 at the Eureka Theatre. Doors opens at 5:30pm. They were made in this area, and Caltrans had some involvement with permits for at least the 1938 version. The first one was done in 1927 and is silent. The second one you will see was in 1938. There was an earlier one, in 1919 and a later one, called The Big Trees, in 1952. This one is on DVD. I am a student of the writer, Peter B. Kyne, and these movies. Very interesting history.

    • lynette77 says:

      So there you go folks. Valley of the Giants. You know, I’ve lived here for… yikes, lots of years and I’ve never seen it. The premise, according to an internet description is that
      A battle ensues after a railroad owner cuts off service to a lumber mill.

      I’ll try to do a main post about it tomorrow.
      Thanks for the info and welcome to the site.


  4. Douglas Cole says:

    History for the mid Klamath is hard to come by. I am continuing a search for information relating to past residents of the area around our guest ranch in Somes Bar (Marble Mountain Ranch). Samuel Stanshaw, Guy McMurtry, and the Waldner ranch and sawmill are some points of interest in the 1860 – 1920s that I am searching for information on. The general story of building the Klamath River Highway and in particular, the last stretch between Happy Camp and Orleans is a story I would like to see told.

    This topic also touches on the co-mingling of peoples as well as on the importance of our historic trails, roads and early infrastructure. The total of my accumulated information on this subject is at

    I enjoy your blog, and also appreciate the previous suggestion from Ross Rowley.

    Doug Cole

    • lynette77 says:

      Hi there,
      Your Marble Mountain Ranch site is a great one. I have’t done much with the history that far east beyond the little I know about the Red Cap War.
      I can try to pull up census records for the men you mentioned, if you’d like, which sometimes reveals quite a bit about real estate holdings, etc.

      If interested, please e-mail names, birth dates and locations, if you’ve got ’em, and I’ll see what I can find.
      Send info to:

  5. Nan Abrams says:

    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.

    • lynette77 says:

      Please, oh please, tell me which Wiley this was…? There were two Wileys “involved” in the Indian Wars and I would love to know if this was one of them.
      Do you have a first name?

  6. Nan Abrams says:

    Hope this is helpful: W.J. Whaley– . . . Whaley had been deputy inspector of customs in San Francisco and had an excellent record of snagging smugglers, but lost his job through a change of administration. Apparently through his previous connections in the customs house, Whaley had now found a new career: head of the “emerald opium smuggling ring,” one of the most successful opium rings to operate in the Pacific region . . . . Back in Arcata, the community now sought to protect Whaley’s family. His father died before Whaley’s connection with the smuggling ring became known, and the Humboldt press refrained from speaking of the matter as long as his mother resided here. While Whaley had been living a lavish lifestyle, she had been struggling with poverty while raising and educating two orphaned grandchildren. (This is from the piece I wrote–all gleaned from the Suzie Baker Fountain Papers–and I forgot to mention China was also part of the route.)

  7. Nan Abrams says:

    uh oh–someone used your blog to spam! I got a XXX . . .

  8. Katy says:

    Hi Lynette,

    Thanks for posting this wonderful blog- it’s a great source of intriguing, carefully researched and well written stories!
    I’m interested in learning more about what life was like for Falk’s loggers and mill workers, because I’m currently writing a story set in Falk during it’s heyday. A central part of the story is how the white newcomers to Humboldt in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s felt about Humboldt’s forests and rivers and the destruction they caused, so any information about this would be greatly appreciated. I’m also interested in how people felt about local Native American tribes during the time that Falk was up and running- was there much discussion of the Indian Island massacre at this time? Were there still “Indian wars” in 1891?

    Thanks again,


  9. Bill Kier says:

    Great stuff, Lynette. I’ve some materials I’d be pleased to share with you – if you’d care for them : 1- photo of my great-grandfather, T.H. Dean’s elegant home on the NE corner of 7th and G in Arcata (with the family out front/all identified)where the 76 station (is it still a 76 ?) now stands. Kathy Dillon did a piece in the T-S a few years back re the re-location of the house from Arcata to Eureka – by barge ! – for its new owner, Mr Sevier, an up-and-coming atty/ politician of the time (I’ve pdf-ed her article)- even a pic of me sitting in T.H’s lap a year or two before his death (‘shared that with Kathy, for fun, never imagining she’d use it)

    Ironically, my wife, Helen, whose great-grand, Francois Douarin, settled in Blue Lake a few years after the founding of the town (becoming yet another Blue Lake French-speaker) and my great-grand, T.H. were doing business in Arcata roughly in the same years – Mr & Mrs Douarin as inn-keepers and T.H. as the town’s premier builder – something I never knew, despite our 50-plus years of courtship/marriage, until we re-located from the Bay Area four-plus years ago and I had a little time (since, largely bolloxed) to poke around such things.

    I’m trying to help the Blue Lake Museum folks get the Douarin family history right – and the part I know is going to curl Helen’s toes is that about her great-grand’s exploits during the ‘Indian wars ‘. Volunteering to harass Indians in the day was, apparently, as fashionable among the populace as – say – history-buffing is today


    Bill Kier
    Blue Lake

    • Lynette M says:

      Hi Bill,
      I would appreciate anything you’re willing to share. That is part of what makes doing this blog so much fun.
      Photos, articles. If you want to write something up, just let me know. I’d be happy to post anything you want to share.
      I’m also not surprised to hear about your family connections. It has been a bit spooky to discover all the ways we’re connected 🙂

      I would also LOVE to hear more about the info you have regarding the Indian Wars. My obsession with that period is what prompted me to start this blog in the first place.

      Please email when you have the time and we’ll connect.


  10. Kelly says:

    Hi Lynette!! I love your blog. It is fascinating!
    I was wondering if anyone knows much about ‘Joe’, one of the first black people to live in Eureka who built a house on County Lane, I think in 1912. I think I heard that he sold vegetables…..

    • Lynette M says:

      Glad you’re enjoying the blog.
      I haven’t heard stories, but have a county photo of, eh hm, “Nigger Joe Hill”.
      I’ll dig it up and post within the next few days.

  11. Katy says:

    Hi Lynette,

    I’m looking for journals or letters written in the Humboldt County area from about 1850 to 1900. Specifically, i’m trying to get a sense for what logging camp life was like during this era, but really I would be interested in just about anything. Any suggestions?


    • William Rich says:

      Hello Katy,
      Our small archaeology office at HSU, in conjunction with BLM have been conducting archaeological excavations at Falk over the last few field seasons. You may be interested in our research or participating in one of the upcoming field days.

      Bill Rich

      • Lynette M says:

        Hey Bill,
        Nice to see you here.
        Are you guys back out there working again?

        If so and if you’re looking for volunteers, I can post something here with the dates or your contact info…

  12. Peggy Ashcom says:

    Do you have any photos of the old school that was located on Broad? Thank you so much for the fabulous information and photos.

    • Lynette M says:

      Hi Peggy,
      Can you clarify, are you talking Broad Street, or Broadway?

      If Broad Street, do you know where it is/was?

  13. Deb says:

    Dunn if you’ve seen this, but here’s New York’s McKinley monument ‘plaza’

  14. William Rich says:

    Hello Lynette,

    The link below will direct you to the field notes of C. Hart Merriam, an early California naturalist. In the later part of his life he focused on the study of Native American tribes from California and elsewhere. His full set of field notes is available. The documents are somewhat clumsy, and it can be hard to predict what may lie in each notebook. Thought you or the other readers out there would be interested on this great online resource.

    Bill Rich

    • Lynette M says:

      This is so great. Thank you.
      It is amazing what can be found online and more and more obvious everyday how little I know about all the great resources that are available.

      I hope things are going well with you guys up at HSU–please tell Jamie I said hello.

    • Mike W says:

      Mr. Rich,
      Thank you…I know of C. Hart Merriam, having lived in Hupa 6-9th grade, now in Hopland in Mendo…

      Check out the journals of Willis Jepson, at Jepson Herbarium UC Berkeley. All field journals on-line with many trips into Humboldt.

  15. Laura Smith says:

    Hello Lynette,
    I just started exploring Rio Dell to see if I can find any info about an ancestor that migrated there sometime after 1849. Maria Palmer Brooks died around 1900 in Rio Dell. Any tips for me? THANK YOU.

    • Lynette M says:

      Boy, I just tried to find Maria on with no luck at all.
      I am sorry–I was hoping to respond with some great info about your ancestor but no luck.
      An elusive lady, that one.

      Palmer Blvd. is familiar to me–and probably connected to your family.
      If I do find any info, I will definitely let you know.


  16. nan abrams says:

    Maybe Maria Palmer Brooks can be found in the Suzie Baker Fountain papers.

  17. Laura Smith says:

    Hi Again, I found it! A nice lady at the Humbolt main library history room told me she thinks I’m talking about an old abandoned house on Monument Road. There’s a sign posted saying that 3 people are burried there. Maria Brooks, her daughter Sylvia and husband. Do you know the house she’s talking about? I’d love to see a photo of the house/and or graves. I wish I was close enough to visit.

    • Lynette M says:

      No, I am afraid I don’t.
      there has been conversations recently about possible cemeteries in Rio Dell (I grew up there and don’t know of a single one).

      If you have an address, I’ll try to head down that way soon and take a photo of whatever I DO find for you.

  18. nan abrams says:

    I happen to be going to Rio Dell today–in fact taking off momentarily. I found Monument Rd on Google maps and put it in my GPS–since I do not have an address I will follow the road–it seem to go a long ways and end in a loop to turn back around–and see if I can find this. It will be a fine adventure! Wish me luck.

  19. laura says:

    I was told its the site of Monument Mountain Vineyard now. Not sure if the house/grave is still there.

  20. nan abrams says:

    I drove up Monument Road today. Went way, way up–what views! But I did not need to go up so high. I found a very large building (probably a couple miles up from Rio Dell proper) that could have been a farm house but was big enough for a hotel. Next to it, I saw when I was on the way back down, a small area enclosed by a well maintained white picket fence. There was no access to either except through private property next door. (I took note of the address to pinpoint exactly where this spot is.) I was able to take some photos from the road with my cell phone. I have not been able to get the photos to attach to a message–I planned to email the photos to myself and then forward to Lynnette who could post them. I will need to go into Veriizon tomorrow and see if I can get them to correct the problem. Of course, if this is what we are looking for is another issue–but that fenced in area told me that it is the most likely of any spot I saw on the road.

  21. nan abrams says:

    By the way, I did not see any signs signifying a vineyard–and saw no vineyards, but there were gates to private property all up and down the road –needless to say, I was bypassing those places!

  22. Laura Smith says:

    Thank you! I can’t wait to see some pics.

  23. nan abrams says:

    Some brave soul may need to go to the residence next door and ask for access–or at least ask them if that is the place we are looking for. In the meantime, maybe there is more info at the library that could pinpoint the location. i will check next time I go in–which should be soon.

  24. Laura Smith says:

    Hello Everyone! I found it and have been in contact with the owners. Their family purchased from the Brooks in 1890. The had to tear down the original house because it was right on the road but they are going to send pictures of the house and grave which are still there. It’s Monument Mountain Vineyards. Thanks for your help. I’ll be happy to pass on the photos.

  25. nan abrams says:

    Now I am curious to see if what I saw is the grave site–I would like to see the photos.

  26. Vickie Lourenzo says:

    When I was attending College of the Redwoods Court Reporting Program from about 1978 until 1983 about, our class went to the Humboldt County Court House and observed a murder trial. The victim was a woman that lived in Loleta and If I remember correctly the man accused of her murder had the last name of Creekmore. It was alleged that the man had taken the woman to her home someplace in Loleta and stabbed her in the back and set the home on fire. I believe there were if I remember correctly two mistrials and eventually a sentance for involuntary manslaughter was handed down and the man was released on time served. I have tried to research this and have not been able to find anything. I do not remember the woman’s name. I have searched the library for old news, etc. I know the feeling of becoming a little obsessed with finding details and this has bothered me that I could never find even a newspaper article. This woman was somebodies daughter, granddaughter, sister, etc. and I would like to find whatever happened, where she is interred, etc. It is just one of those tragedy’s that made an impression and I cannot seem to get it out of my head. Any help or information or research would be great. Also, I have been able to find a lot of information on another murder comitted by Keith Hitchings of an elderly Loleta couple, this is not the case I am looking for. Thank you

    • Lynette M says:

      I am so sorry for the delay in responding. I will see what I can find out about that case.

      I am also haunted by a more recent case. Within the last 20 years a girl’s body was found buried in the dunes and I think it was pretty clear she’d been murdered. I don’t think…. well, I got the impression her family was not the most educated, respected, etc. You get the idea. There was another girl killed around the same time and that case seemed to get a lot more attention, but I just kept thinking about that girl in the dunes. Still do.

      I will get back to you about Creekmore. If you remember anything else about that case, please let me know.

  27. nan abrams says:

    have you asked at the Historical Society if they have any records–and the Humboldt Room at the County Library? If you have, I will not look there when i go.

  28. Laura Smith says:

    Yes, I got my info from the volunteer docent in the Humbolt Room. Laura

  29. nan abrams says:

    have you checked with the Humboldt Historical Society? They have volunteers there here will research things for you. They found a most wonderful thing for my historical research–I probably never would have found it on my own.

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  31. Sara says:

    I am so glad to have found your blog as I have been becoming increasingly interested in the history of this area. I am originally from Mendocino County and thought I didn’t have ancestral ties to Humboldt, but since I’ve been researching my family history I have found a few.
    One question has bothered me for a while, and I’m not sure why as they are not relatives of mine. While searching local cemetery records for clues to my family, the names of three very young girls in the Blue Lake cemetery caught my eye. They all passed in 1969, two on the same date, one only days after. Their last name is Carlson and I assume they were sisters. I’ve searched with no luck to see what may have happened to these little girls and wondered was it a fire, auto accident, etc.?
    The information is found here:
    I was not looking for anything under this name and was only scanning to what I was looking for, but again, these three almost jumped out at me begging to be noticed.

    • Lynette M says:

      Oh ! and this is more recent.

      What a strange thing.

      I am not aware of any accident… a fire maybe?
      If I find anything I will definitely let you know.

      • Sara says:

        Well, another odd listing jumped out at me yet again. While searching through Fortuna/Hydesvill records, another group caught my eye:
        The Phippen Children. Three of them on the same date, all quite very young.
        My mother used to tell me when I was young that I had some ability to communicate with ‘others’.
        Not that I really believe that to be true, but I’m definitely wondering why these things keep catching my eye!

        • Lynette M says:

          Hi Sara,
          I’ll ask Susie about this one too.
          She’s such an incredible source of local history/family info that if anyone knows anything it will be her.
          As far as your ability to communicate, given what happened with Lucy, I have no doubt that some folks still want to be noticed/honored, even after they’ve passed. Maybe you’re being given the opportunity to do that.

        • Lynette M says:

          Hey Sara,
          this is also from Susie. And also tragic…

          The children were killed in a head-on car crash. Their mother, age 19, was driving about one mile east of Alton on Highway 36. The family had lived in Rio Dell for 8 months. Theodore Jr. was born in Columbus, Montana; Ruth in Long Beach and Robert in Fortuna. Lots of grandparents and aunts, uncles survived. All the children had head injuries, probably not secured in car seats and they didn’t expect the mother to survive, but she did to have another, unfortunate baby. (HT 25 July 1960; 29 July 1960).

    • Lynette M says:

      This information came from one of our wonderful, generous historians, Susie Van Kirk:

      The three Carlson children died in a house fire in Blue Lake in August 1969. Shelleen, 7, Brook, 2 and Allison, 11 months. Their parents were Willard and Shirley Carlson. Shirley’s relatives included Archie Thompson, Crescent City; Ella Sims, Somes Bar, John McCash, Blue Lake; Robert Pratt, Dunsmire; Herb Pratt, Happy Camp; Kirby Simes, Somes Bar; and Carrie Turner, Weitchpec. Pallbearers included Frank and Walt Lara. The children were survived by siblings: Willard, Jr.; Walter and Ann Carlson, Crescent City; Forest and Yvonne Carlson, Blue Lake.

      • Sara says:

        Oh my. How horribly sad. I really had the feeling it was a fire, too. Again, not sure why these two stories were calling out to me but they had been on my mind for a while since coming across them. Thank you for the information.

  32. nan abrams says:

    There are some Carlsons still in Humboldt. I had an acquaintance whose last name was Carlson–she died about seven or so years ago in a car crash. (I think that may have been her married name.) I only mention this because if anyone reads this also knows a Carlson, ask some questions! Thinking of this person I knew, I see this family with tragedy attached to it.

    • Lynette M says:

      Hi Nan,
      In case you miss my reply to Sara,
      This came from Susie Van Kirk
      Hi Lynette: The three Carlson children died in a house fire in Blue Lake in August 1969. Shelleen, 7, Brook, 2 and Allison, 11 months. Their parents were Willard and Shirley Carlson. Shirley’s relatives included Archie Thompson, Crescent City; Ella Sims, Somes Bar, John McCash, Blue Lake; Robert Pratt, Dunsmire; Herb Pratt, Happy Camp; Kirby Simes, Somes Bar; and Carrie Turner, Weitchpec. Pallbearers included Frank and Walt Lara. The children were survived by siblings: Willard, Jr.; Walter and Ann Carlson, Crescent City; Forest and Yvonne Carlson, Blue Lake.

  33. Sara says:

    I’ve come to your blog again and again, sometimes reading the same posts over more than once because there really is just so much information to take in. Maybe you could do a post discussing ways others could research local history on thier own. Maybe links to other blogs, sites, a list of locations and contacts, etc. Then people like me won’t bug you so much 🙂 I always have a million questions, some more significant than others 🙂
    Another topic that has interested me is Fort Humboldt.
    Thanks so much for hostessing this fabulous and informative blog!

    • Lynette M says:

      Hi Sara,

      I am so glad you are getting something out of my blog. I have neglected it terribly lately and am not sure when when I will be able to get back to it.
      I will say, bug me. Bug me. I love it as it lets me know someone is getting value from what I’ve done. Truly. Bug me.

      Fort Humboldt. I’ve done some posts.
      let me know if you can’t find them.

      • Sara says:

        I’ve been checking in here and have been missing your postings very much!
        I’ve always been interested in local history and even more so now that I’ve discovered I have some links in my past to this place.
        I’ve thought about starting my own spin-off you your blog, but don’t want to intrude. I just belive though that the more FREE information the better. I understand what the other ancestry sites are doing to make a business, but it would be nice for people searching to have free access to the informations seeing how it is thier own history after all!
        Anyhow, I hope you are doing well and I’m looking forward to seeing you back here again soon!

        • Lynette M says:

          Hey Sara,
          Thanks for your kind words–and for checking in re: the idea of a genealogy blog.
          Yeah, I can tell you I miss this too. Life has just been… well, lots of transitions in the last 6 months, but soon I will be back in a place with my books and binders and endless amounts of scribbled notes.
          That said, I think it would be AWESOME if you created a genealogy site/blog. That was my vision once upon a time, but we both know how far I’ve gotten.
          Anything you do could only add to the info out there and we could work together to cross reference names and help people find the info/family they’re after.

          Please let me know if you get this going and I’ll post on it.

          Good luck !

          • Sara says:

            Glad to see you back!
            I have a few ideas, one being a message board where each person seeking information could post to a single page with the name in the title. It would pretty easy to keep things organized that way.

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  35. Nan Abrams says:

    Just want to let you all know that the next Humboldt Historian which is the Spring 2012 issue will be available in March and feature my story on Augustus Jacoby (and his daughter Bertha!). Even if you have never been curious about the man whom the Jacoby Storehouse is named for, I guarantee you will find his story (and Bertha’s!) fascinating (if I say so myself!).

    • Lynette M says:

      Thanks Nan.
      Did you happen to include anything about Mary, the Native American girl indentured by Jacoby?

    • Sara says:

      It sounds like such an interesting story from what I was able to see so far.
      Maybe I missed it on the Historical Society website, but how would I be able to view the entire article? Could I come in and read it, or do I order one?
      Thanks so much!

      • Nan Abrams says:

        Not published on the Society web site, Sara. The journal is the perk for joining the Society. I had to renew my long lapsed dues so I could have a copy for myself! It can be read at the Eureka library and I am sure the HSU library gets it–or you can come into the Society office to read it. I think copies can be ordered for five dollars–not certain though of the actual cost–you will need to call and ask them. Thanks for you interest. Just to let you know of the amount of research I put into the story, it has nearly a page and a half of footnotes. But a great deal of thanks for much of the historical record retrieval goes to Victoria Fisch who is the Northern California Editor of the Western States Jewish History. We work closely together on certain “projects”. She covers all of northern California whereas my focus is Humboldt. Turns out the Humboldt folks have familial and business connections all over northern California, so we have many families that we work on together. At the moment I have been sidetracked from my story on the Heilbronner sisters to dig out my research on the Manheims as she was contacted by one of their descendants in New Zealand. I mention this to continue to whet your curiosity (!)–both the names were early Humboldt pioneers but the former were here under their married names.

        • Sara says:

          Thank you so much for the information, Nan. I hope to get to the library soon to do some other business and I certainly look forward to checking out your article as well!

  36. Tina Peteron Reeves says:

    My Dad, Bud Peterson Jr. was born and raised in Samoa. His Dad Arthur Frances (Bud) Peterson my Grandpa worked at Hammond, G.P. and L.P and his Mom my Nana, Sally Peterson worked at the Cookhouse. Where they met as well as the switchboard in Samoa. He is 81 years old this year. He always tells stories of riding the boat to and from school in Eureka with his Nana Vallerga. They would often get Chilli Cups from Mrs. Morales Tamales on 3rd street and candy from Mrs. Greens candy stand at the waterfront. I was wondering if anyone had pictures or stories of either place. I was bidding on a postcard of 3rd street with Morales Tamales in the background but was outbid and have been unable to locate another. I want to surprise him for his birthday and would love for him to read other peoples memories or see their photos. He would be so excited to relive some of the finest moments of his life. (I make him Chilli Cups ever so often from a recipe my Nana had but he says a little something is missing.) I’d love to get Mrs. Morales’s recipe if anyone would be kind enough to share. Thank you so much.

    Tina Peterson Reeves

  37. Richard Gonzalez says:

    Thank you so much for posting some photo’s and other info on the Sherman Institute. My grandmother was a student there according to the 1920 census as well as family tradition. I’m trying to find out the circumstances with her living at the institute. I’m also looking for school records, if there are any for that time period. All my family knew was the she was an orphan and that she had an older sister but her sister doesn’t appear in the census. Any help in my genealogy journey would be much appreciated,

  38. Richard Gonzalez says:

    Thanks! 🙂

  39. jeremy dolan says:

    Looking for pics of any trains in blue lake, would you have any showing this?

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  41. To start this review, I am it’s only fair to say which i don’t know musicals. And also that, Come on, man I think I’ve seen below three musicals within my entire life. I’ve seen Grease, I’ve seen The songs Man, and that i might have experienced an opera on PBS once, Watch Rock of Ages however don’t think that that counts and i also really don’t remember a great deal of it anyways. Sure, I understand that musicals are inherently type of silly knowning that characters usually get into song and initiate dancing around like lunatics anytime they please and no one even bats an eyelash, but when you are to inquire about me about what separates a good musical from a bad musical, my response could possibly be something like, “Uhh… c-costume design?” I just don’t know musicals that well.

    That being said, I understand movies. And i also do like 80s music, so hey, let’s have a look at Rock of Ages, the newest 80s-themed musical from director Adam Shankman (Hairspray, Zac Efron’s Pool Party*)

    Note: ‘Zac Efron’s Pool Party’ is hardly one among Mr. Shankman’s best projects, I merely wanted everyone here to know there is really a thing that exists that’s called ‘Zac Efron’s Pool Party.’]

    Rock of Ages opens later on the bus headed for Los Angeles. It’s here how the audience is unveiled in Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough), a young, pretty, and talented girl from Oklahoma who is on the approach to the California to try and help it become as being a rock singer. Soon after arriving in L.A., she meets Drew Boley (Diego Boneta), a kindhearted, handsome local with rock & roll aspirations of his or her own. The two hit rid of it immediately and Drew has the capacity to get Sherrie work with the Bourbon Room, a storied rock joint run by aging rocker Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) and the second-in-command, Lonny (Russell Brand). All is just not well for the Bourbon Room, however, since the Mayor of La (Bryan Cranston) with the exceptional wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) decide to make business more difficult for the club within an absolutely Footlooseian effort to rid Chicago in the evils of rock music as well as biggest star, Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise).

    So what’s there to love about this movie? Well, lots, I suppose. For starters, the renditions of 80s hit songs are faithful on the original songs, while simultaneously feeling new (furthermore, at some part, Hough and Boneta perform song “More Than Words” by Extreme, which can be totally a 90s song. Just sayin’). The cast does a fantastic job performing the songs, while it’s that Catherine Zeta-Jones and Mary J. Blige steal the show and need rest.

    Blige talked about how she became a part of Rock of Ages, ”I met (director) Adam Shankman with regards to a year and a half, two years ago with a housewarming party for Jennifer Lopez. There we were all just standing, enjoying themselves and that he kept saying he was going to put me within a movie, and you also know, people say things if you spend time with them, nonetheless they don’t deliver. So we just ignored that will said, ‘Ok, we love to you anyway.’ 6 months later, he came that has a script… i began. I bought an acting coach, I went even harder as they supported me will do this.”

    Rock of Ages is also great for a good number of laughs, because that this movie doesn’t take itself too seriously more often than not. From Paul Giamatti’s unbelievably sleazy manager character into a somewhat racy scene where Tom Cruise is literally singing in to a woman’s butt, this movie delivers comedy on the dialogical level plus a physical level and the jokes work.

    Speaking of the film’s comedic moments, co-star Malin Ackerman said ”I was amazed at Cruise’s] sense of humor and the way far he took it and, you recognize, that’s why they are who they are. That’s why he’s had this type of long career, because he’s game for anything, however i really didn’t understand what can be expected because sense. I had created met him a few times before and he’s so lovely and charming and every one of these, but acting with someone are often very different… and that means you know, you gotta there will be some crazy comedy… and Tom just loved it and ate this together a real great spontaneity and this was form of the surprising part.”

    However, you’ll realize that I declared the film doesn’t take itself too seriously usually, and that’s a bit of an issue with this one. While Rock of Ages splashes in numerous wild and outrageous-for-PG-13 scenes, at it’s heart, it’s an appreciation story between two young dreamers also it doesn’t entirely fit. The juxtaposition of the racy scenes using a rather predictable and constricting main storyline provide the impression that this film does not have any idea how seriously it wants to be studied. Normally, that wouldn’t be this type of problem, though the love story can be so predictable and for that reason formulaic and the film will depend on it so heavily that it just results in as awkward and undecided about itself, the exact complete opposite of what you’d expect from a film about rock & roll inside the 80s. Where’s the swagger? Where’s the who-cares-all-I-want-to-do-is-rock-and-roll attitude? Where’s the freaking guitar solo?

    So, following the day, that which you have in Rock of Ages is undoubtedly an entertaining movie with good tunes and decent laughs mixed in. The film falls short of that rock & roll promise, but is nevertheless fun to look at and that i can observe Rock of Ages becoming on the list of big hits in the Summer. You aren’t. I must watch more musicals.

  42. BopmoittY says:

    I have seen Watch The Dark Knight Rises Online now. I need to to find out it a second time before writing my thoughts to ensure that I could truthfully have a better handle within the film and its particular plot. My initial thoughts were “It’s excellent, I loved Bane like a villain, on the other hand experience the third act.” Watching it again, we still need the down sides. Or problem, I assume.

    So permit me to purge a SPOILER WARNING and dive strait into it, beginning with Act III. Unlike Brave and Legend of Korra: Book 1 it’s not an incident where the negatives overshadow the positives, however i can’t see through the truth that Bane’s plan makes practically no sense. If he is at Gotham to fulfill Ra’s al-Ghul’s plan of destroying they city (to be the most significant demonstration of corruption and evil on this planet), why the whole thing with sealing away from the city and getting the poor arise resistant to the rich? Why the 5 month interval between his revolution and destroying metropolis entirely?

    Really the only answer I am able to visualize (besides the obvious one: the plot necessary to give Bruce Wayne the perfect time to heal and rebuild himself) is the fact it’s allowed to be a psychological tactic used against the rest of the world. “Look for your greatest city, isolated and fond of anarchy.” But there is nothing inside the movie to imply some lesson was meant for the earth as a whole.

    Watch The Dark Knight Rises Online I am that Bane was seeking to expose Gotham’s corruption and the decadence of that ruling class, and the man also exposed the lie of Harvey Dent’s death and also this was expected to inspire/anger the individuals to go up up and make city. Properly toss in that he’s planned, through the start, to inflatable the town after a few months it undoes anything else. Anything intended to be revoked from your first part of his plan’s rendered irrelevant when part two is “LOL Gotham go boom.”

    That is certainly disappointing because I loved Bane like a villain here. I just read Marvel a lot more than DC, so I actually haven’t read any comics with Bane until recently (I’m in the midst of Knightfall), but I’m aware writers fight to do him right. He is not merely a big, silent brute. He’s incredibly intelligent, strong-willed, a fantastic planner and tactician. And the movie gets that right. I loved seeing Bane’s plan build-up until he takes Gotham; the opening scene with all the airplanes with awesome, as was his first fight with Batman where he just completely owns him. With the exceptional taunting; he gets some very nice lines in this particular movie.

    Which brings me to something else entirely I enjoy: his voice. That might seem just like an incredibly weird thing to choose, but as the Half from the Bag guys described another director would have given him a deep, booming voice that’s likely to intimidate. Instead Bane sounds quite sophisticated, which just helps make him such a great villain. (Though I will say occasionally it’s obvious his line is post-dubbed; it doesn’t seem like he’s actually saying them then and then there.

  43. John Stec says:

    Hope I’ve chosen the right place to post, so bear with me if I am off course.

    I have been researching events to the north, in Jackson County, Oregon, for nearly ten years. Specifically I have been dogging the trail of John Wesley Hillman, the alleged discoverer of Crater Lake. Although I have plenty of information about John Wesley, his uncle, Dr. Constantine Arthur Hillman, has proven to be more elusive.

    Con Hillman was a miner/adventurer/minor political figure in Northern California. A Mexican War veteran, his appeared in Yreka in 1852. He pops up in Sacramento in 1855, where he served as an enrolling clerk for the California Senate. In the same year he shows up in Crescent City where he commanded the Mounted Coast Rifles, a militia unit organized under the 6th Division, 2nd Brigade. In January of 1856 he joined S.G. Whipple and several prominent Northern Californians in petitioning Governor Johnson to authorize a militia unit based in Crescent City. He was involved in a firefight at Pistol River in that same year, but may have been attached to the 4th Infantry out of Ft Humboldt at that time.

    In September of 1856 he was a delegate to the Democratic State Convention, representing Klamath County. He also served as an enrolling clerk for the California Senate, and as a clerk at the San Francisco mint in 1857, just prior to his death.

    Given the fluidity of County borders in that period, surviving records are dispersed across Northen California. I have visited the Del Norte County Historical Society and communicated with Ben Brown of the Clarke History Museum. My membership application to the Humboldt County Historical Society goes out today. I am taking advantage of this excellent blog site to cast my research net further, so if any other readers are familiar with Dr. Hillman I would appreciate the opportunity to get in touch with you.

    Thanks for the forum and the opportunity to seek help here.

  44. Nan Abrams says:

    Wonder if he is related to a local historian named Ray Hillman. I do not know how to reach Ray, but no doubt they can at the Historical Society–I would call them and ask them to have Ray contact you.

  45. Brian DeAtley Ellyson says:

    Just came upon your blog. Wow, the picture of the Modoc tribe in 1860 struck a nerve. My great great grandmother Rosie was full-blood Modoc and born abt 1859. She ended up in Los Angeles, however, we know nothing about her other than her children were raised with the last name Moore. My great grandmother’s death cert lists her mother as Rosie Ross and the father as Andrew Jackson, however, I haven’t been able to link the Moore to the family. My great grandmother was Birdie Moore. I always put feelers out when anyone has anything regarding that era and Modocs as one day I hope to solve this mystery. Other children to Rosie or Rosalie were Lucy, Charles and Jenny. According to the 1900 census she had a total of 9 children and 6 were living at that time. No idea who the others were. Thank you for the picture, it always sparks hope that one day I can solve this mystery.

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  47. Lynnette, it was an honor to watch your TEDx talk on northern California slavery. I posted it on my Facebook page with the following comment: “I met Lynette Mullen on my flight home from Washington and she told me about her TEDx talk. Here is a topic that should be taught in our local history classes. When we, in our ethnocentric arrogance, label our First Nations neighbors with names meant to imply that they are difficult people, we need to pause and admit the profoundness of our ignorance. Their grievances are not petty, and not enough time has gone by to ameliorate the far-reaching effects of our bloodthirsty empire. Not all of their current wounds are self-inflicted, but are the result of deliberate attempts at annihilation of personhood and community for which little reparation has been offered. You can bet our local Native American families remember this history. Integrity requires all those who would judge them to learn it also.”

    I also thoroughly enjoyed your YouTube talk about domestic violence. There were so many parallels with our work at In Support of Incest Survivors (ISIS) which seeks to restore the human rights of incest victims. Please check out our website if you are interested in learning what we’re about.

    We would love to explore potential synergies in those fields – and I hope this digression from the history website is OK – I am fascinated by this work, as well! It is so well done. Congratulations!

  48. I’d enjoy reading any history on Camp Recreation (also called Boehne’s Camp) in Fort Seward. The camp was run by E.A. Boehne. My father’s family camped there before and after World War II. I have an undated brochure that I can email to you. The Humboldt Historian ran an article on the camp in its Sep/Oct 1989 issue (Vol 37, No 5, pg 11) by Marie Melanson Blair (I haven’t read the article yet).

  49. Tina Peterson Reeves says:

    I am very much interested in old photos and stories of Samoa. My Dad Bud Peterson had a great life growing up there and is always sharing stories. If anyone has any old pictures of the Pool Hall or any parts of the town I would greatly appreciate it.
    Tina Peterson Reeves

  50. Corrie Gant says:

    I hope this site becomes active again! I only recently learned about familial links to Humboldt Bay and would like to learn more about this mysterious side of the family. My great-great grandmother’s older brother was Winfield Dean, “the first white child born in Eureka”. How ethnocentric is that! Despite that dubious claim to fame, there doesn’t seem to be anything about her family.

  51. Corrie Gant says:

    Are you back? Can you tell me anything about Wrangletown?

    • Lynette M says:

      For some reason Wrangletown does sound familiar but nothing specific comes to mind. Very sorry !
      And as far as being “back”. I always hope so but often life interferes and sucks up my time. I’ll try to stick this time but know better than to hope or promise…

  52. Susan McPherson says:

    Isn’t Freshwater’s former and original name Wrangletown?

  53. Jill Kane says:

    Hi, do I need to be a member to post here?

  54. J H says:

    Oh, my gosh! The “James Greig” that’s listed on the photos as builder of the mausoleum picture was my great-grandfather! I have pictures of him if you’re interested. I’d gladly trade for pictures of funerary monuments you can trace to him.

  55. Tracey Mitchell says:

    looking for a copy of the last of the west by frank azbill. any ideas

  56. Gary Smith says:

    I am from a couple of the settler/native families in Southern Humboldt and Northern Mendocino Counties. My 2nd great grandfather on my mom’s side was James Wood. I understand he was involved in the atrocities of that time period. My other 2nd great grandparents were Rueben and Nellie Reed. The Northern Mendocino County family is a similar story of Andrew Atkesson taking a young woman but she disappears leaving the name of Lucy only. My Aunt and I have taken dna test and found that Lucy was Lucy Cook Ray. I think my curiosity is about Nellie Reed, whom,as my mom told me when I was little, was roped and tied to a tree until I guess she submitted – or whatever is the right term. I am curious about her first history and can’t seem to find anything other than where she was from -Island Mountain area. But enjoy reading your works!

    • Jill Asbill says:

      Hi Gary, I wonder if James Woods was related to Bill Woods.. I have a story of Bill Woods chasing down and roping a young native girl. My great grandfather Pierce Asbill and his brother Frank Asbill were there when it happened, and the story was passed down. My great grandfather had a ranch at Island Mountain. The girl who was roped was named Clowie and remained with Bill Woods for the rest of her life, and lived to a fairly old age.

      • Lynette says:

        Jill, I have a copy of the Last of the West, written by Pierce’s grandson, that tells the story of capturing Clowie. It sounds like you may have that book as well? I also have the census records showing Clowie with Bill.

        • Jill Asbill says:

          Hi Lynette, yes “Last of the West” is what I’m referring to. The author, Frank Asbill, was actually the son of Pierce, not grandson. Pierce didn’t marry until age 50, and Frank was his first child. My grandmother, Irma, was Pierce’s second child.

          Pierce also had a brother named Frank, so that often gets confusing. Anyway, Frank (the son) wrote the manuscript while serving in San Quentin prison for 2nd degree murder of Hattie Maude Maher. The one he calls “Wild Mountain Hattie” in his manuscript “Last of the West”. They were sweethearts as teenagers, and later on she married a rich cement manufacturer in Oakland, but ran off with Frank up to Garberville. They supposedly got in a drunken brawl in which he hit her with a cane.. she didn’t die until days later. Frank always claimed innocence. He had people on both sides, some saying he was abusive, while others wrote letters on his behalf saying he never touched her, and that she was drunk and falling all the time. Anyway, the trial was quite an event and made all the news papers. He got 10 years, and wrote the voluminous manuscript while working in the prison library

          As for the native women and girls being kidnapped, tied to trees, raped.. it definitely happened and sadly, the Asbills were involved in the early days of 1860’s and 70’s.

    • Lynette says:

      I have not heard about Nellie, but the story in Last of the West talks about the Asbills and Jim Neaphus capturing and tying a young woman to a tree. It could be her, though the book says that all of those women were taken and traded for horses …

  57. Alfred R. Doten says:

    I noticed 10 years ago a topic was Brett Hart’s true residence in Arcata…… but the thread dropped. I always understood it was the earlier version of the Vassaide House on the northwest corner of 9th and J Street. That house was rebuilt to a more Queen Ann style about 1900 or so. The 6 over 6 windows in the back are probably left over from the original structure. Perhaps Suzie Van Kirk’s research would shed more light on that?

    • nanhum says:

      At home, I have some info (sorta) of one of his residences in Arcata –unfortunately I am not at home and will not be til next month some time. I read that for a short time he lived in a drafty “hovel” on or near the plaza. The home you may be referring to, I have a story about him being “serenaded” by some local boys, thinking his window belonged to the young lady of the house. He looked out the window and gave them a howdy do or some such thing–much to their mortification But it seems you are more interested in the house rather than Harte, I know the name you mention is not associated with this story. . He also lived for time out on a ranch where he was tutor to the children –I am sorry the name escapes me at the moment. I found this info in the Susie Baker Fountain Papers if you want to look it up–I suppose cannot access them now?

      • Lynette says:

        I would LOVE more info about Harte ! I am very interested in his time here, which has been called his “lost years” as he never talked about it much. Though he did write the Three Vagabonds of Trinidad, set in this area… It can be read online here:

        • nanhum says:

          Both his older brother and younger sister were here. Henry, his brother lived in Eureka and Maggie in Arcata–she married B Henry Wyman and may have taught school in Arcata before that. In fact, she was in Arcata before Bret was. She was waiting for him when he got off the steamer from SF.
          I can tell you more when I get back to Tucson and all my files. HA! I need to leave Humboldt to get back to Tucson to tell you about Humboldt.
          You will like this piece from the Humboldt Historian–I am going to be using some of what she has here for an aritcle on him I will be working on–some day . .

          Winter 1998

  58. Rick Levin says:

    Hi Lynette. I am curious about the original Humboldt City. From what I understand it was abandoned very early on but I would like to know more details, where exactly it stood, do we know about any of the buildings and are there any remains. Thanks.

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