Humboldt County Historical Society

Humboldt Historian

Spring 2012: Volume 60, No. 1

Augustus Jacoby: Pioneer and Jewish Merchant of Arcata
Nan Abrams
Developing his business with vision and determination, Jacoby set a template for Arcata’s future as a vibrant center of activity.

A Family Touched by the War of 1812
Maurice N. Davison
On their voyage to America, a family’s ship is intercepted, its course altered.

The Presence of Past: Spin Doctoring a Century Ago
Jerry Rohde
Mug Books and the historical record.

The Burroughs Family on B Street
Karen Hendricks
The house on B Street was home to three generations of Burroughses - and their spirited escapades.

You Didn't Hear it from Me: Falk Fisticuffs
Louella Parsnips
Shocking scenes in the surgery.

Madrona Rest
Barbara Canepa Saul, Jim Matthias, and John Matthias
Idyllic summers in a unique Miranda community.

This postcard of the Arcata wharf in the early twentieth century is from the collection of Steven Lazar. Arcata’s two-mile-long deep-water wharf was one of the longest wharfs in the United States, and the Union Plank Walk Rail Track (later Arcata and Mad River Railroad) ran all the way to its end, connecting it to Jacoby’s Storehouse on the southwest corner of the Plaza. The Union Plank transported both people and goods beginning in the spring of 1855, making it, according to some experts, California’s first common carrier railroad. (See the great railroad discussion on page 45, question 3!) Among the strongest proponents and supporters of the Union Plank Walk Rail Track and Wharf Company, incorporated on April 13, 1854, was pioneer merchant Augustus Jacoby. His story begins on page 10.
— On The Cover