Humboldt County Historical Society

Humboldt Historian

Spring 2009: Volume 57, No. 1

A History of West End
Jim Pegolotti
The little world of West End and how it developed, with particular emphasis on the history of two families, the Kellys and the Leaveys.

Fish Wars on the Eel
Alan Lufkin
In the 1880s, fishery experts, the general public, and even some cannery officials warned that unbridled slaughter would lead to total depletion of fish resources.

Kiwelattah Through the Eyes of Seven Settlers
Ann Roberts
An examination of the first-person accounts left by white settlers who met Kiwelattah.

Kiwelattah’s Children
Ann Roberts
The author traces Kiwelattah's lineage through clues in newspapers and public records..

A Pioneer Philanthropist
Charlie Blake
Charlie Blake describes his pioneer family's adventures as they carve out a life on Christmas Prairie, in the mountains east of Blue Lake, in the 1880s.

The Kinds of History We Keep: Greyhounds, Lyonses, and Sheep
Jerry Rohde
Sensational stories may attract attention, but the defeats and victories of "ordinary" lives are what give meaning to history.

The cover photo, from the Humboldt State Universi­ty Swanlund/Baker Collection, features Hettie May Wilson Pearsall, standing in her boat on Humboldt Bay, circa 1900. May’s diaries, quoted in the Summer 1995 Humboldt Historian, reveal that she was enthusiastic not only about boats, but also about the new mode of transporta­tion, automobiles. She and her husband, Clarence, pur­chased a Detroit Electric in 1914. On the day it arrived, May drove it all around town surprising her friends. The next day she drove to Arcata, to downtown Eureka, to Sequoia Park, back downtown, and then home. “I was tired, too;’ she writes. “My arms actually ached:’ Born in Eureka in 1874, May lived her entire life at 1436 Second Street-though not in the same house. Af­ter she graduated from San Jose Normal and married Clarence Pearsall, he moved her childhood house west on their lot to 1424 Second Street, and built May a new house at her original 1436 Second Street address.
— On the Cover