Humboldt County Historical Society

Humboldt Historian

Fall 2016: Volume 64, No. 3

Fern Cottage, built in 1866 by Joseph and Zipporah Russ, celebrates its 150th birthday this month with three days of celebrations, September 16-18 in Ferndale. Please see page 9 for detailed information about this event. Also, an article on the early years of the Russ family, “Zipporah Russ and the Journey to Fern Cottage,” by Russ descendant Don Morrill, begins on page 20.
— On The Cover

Anna Elizabeth Larson, Part II  
Vivian Ziegler
As the author continues her mother's life story, fifteen-year-old Anna Elizabeth Larson travels from her home in Sweden to Arcata to work as a maid. Her family in Sweden believes she will soon be rich.

The Lowell C. Allen Memorial Bridge
Jeremiah Scott, Jr.
A bridge is dedicated to a longtime bridge builder.

Zipporah Russ and the Journey to Fern Cottage
Donald Morrill
For most of the first twelve years of her married life, Zipporah Russ lived in the back country on a slope above a tributary of the Bear River, often alone with her children. Then came Fern Cottage.

The Water Tank: Dismantling a Landmark
Loni D. Hollenbeck
"The great thing was, I knew it so well. The problem was . . . I knew it so well."

Six Rivers National Forest: The Name Nobody Will go to War Over
Barry Evans
Naming Humboldt's back-country.

South Park: Race Tracks, Hotel, Auto Camp, Auto Court, and Motel
Jerry Rohde
The many faces of South Park from 1869 to 1920.

Eureka Auto Courts
Karen Campbell Hendricks
The The motorized era in full flower.