Humboldt County Historical Society

The Humboldt Historian

Fall 2017: Volume 65, No. 3

Hans Karl Nilsen and the Great War
Peggy Wheeler
Norwegian immigrant working in the woods of Humboldt is sent to the battlefields of Argonne and Flanders Fields.

The Dawn Redwood and Ralph Works Chaney: History's Mysteries
Barry Evans
A fossil comes to life: the amazing discovery of a third redwood species.

Rowetta Stapp Miller
For a first time away from home, the Camp Fire Girls’ Camp Kimtu was just about right.

Isabel Marie Stapp
Maria Bonomini Briggs and Jack Nash
The author’s mother raised her large lively family in difficult conditions with grace and dignity.

Fernbridge Pool 
Alan Lufkin
Three tales of a famous fishing hole from a North Coast fisherman.

Building a Highway Across the Hoopa Bluffs
Margaret Wooden
The original construction of the Weitchpec to Hoopa road.

Artist Alfred Everitt Orr’s original large format Victory Liberty Loan poster, “For Home and Country,” is on file at our research center and archive. When the US entered this war in 1917, no giant defense budget existed. Congress legislated the creation of Liberty Bonds allowing the government to petition the people to help pay for the war, as investors. Individual Americans could purchase a bond for as little as 50 cents and countless Americans became investors in individual securities for the first time. A massive promotional effort was required to spur nationwide community support for the bonds.
Find two more full-color images of large-format WWI propaganda posters from our archive at the center of this issue. Dozens more may be viewed at our research center. Peggy Wheeler marks the 100 year anniversary of The Great War here with a piece beginning on page 10.
— On the Cover