Humboldt County Historical Society

Humboldt Historian

Fall 2012

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Volume 60, No. 3

10 - ASSUMPTION SCHOOL, 1893-1968 - by James Pegolotti

A history of the school and its place in the Ferndale community, enlivened by many colorful student recollections.

18 - "DOCTOR NURSE" - THE PRESENCE OF THE PAST - by Jerry Rohde

Woodland wordplay.

20 - A TRAGEDY IN FORTUNA - by Dr. Alex Service

Leo Gallagher's untimely death led to a fourteen-year cessation of football at Fortuna High.

27 - FEISTY FALKS - THE THIRD GENERATION - by Ricks L. Falk

More on the spirited Falk men, and reminiscences of life in a sim pler, even idyllic era.

30 - VISITATIONS OF THE NIGHT WALKER - YOU DIDN'T HEAR IT FROM ME - by Louella Parsnips

Every few nights in Eureka, the dwelling of some honest citizen was infiltrated by the Night Walker.

34 - UNIVERSITY OF SANTA CLARA FOOTBALL & BILL PRENTICE - by Jeremiah Scott, Jr.

A former Eureka High athlete & college football star recalls highlights from his college seasons.

36 - THE SINKING OF THE YACHT FLAMINGO - by Mary Ann Machi

Heroes of Shelter Cove.


Fall brings, among other fine things, football season and a new school term. This Fall issue of the Humboldt Historian embraces both of these themes, and a few others, too.

Few Humboldters recall the story of Leo Gallagher, a prince of a young man who died on the Fortuna High football field in 1928. This year is the one-hundredth anniversary of Leo’s birth, in honor of which Dr. Alex Service of the Fortuna Depot Museum takes us back to the halls and fields of Fortuna High to share Leo’s bright but too-brief career, beginning on page 20.

We’ve all heard stories, but how strict did the nuns use to be at parochial schools? Perhaps not so very, at least when it comes to the Sisters of St. Joseph. Join alumnus Jim Pegolotti for a trip to Ferndale’s Assumption School, which served the Eel River Valley’s melting pot of European immigrants from 1893 to 1968. Turn to page 10.
Of course, the old-fashioned country school had its own special charms, recalled here by Ricks L. Falk - who also has fond memories of run-ins with the Sisters of St. Joseph (for engaging in wheelchair races at the hospital and other hijinks). Please see “Feisty Falks—the Third Generation,” on page 27.

Readers, you will also find more football courtesy of Jeremiah Scott, Jr. and Bill Prentice on page 34, and the opportunity to explore a darker fall theme, should you choose to enter the world of the Night Walker, who waits on page 30.

Finally, do not forget to keep an eye out for mischievous woodland wordplay in “Doctor Nurse” with your host Jerry Rohde, on page 18, and brace yourself for an exciting sea rescue in Mary Ann Machi’s “The Sinking of the Yacht Flamingo,” on page 36.
— From the Editor