Humboldt County Historical Society

Humboldt Historian

Spring 2017

In our opening story, Jerry Rohde introduces some lesser-known actors and laws that emerged on behalf of Indians during the long war against them, and shows how and why these well-meaning efforts had so little consequence.
For the surviving Native Americans, who had lived lives based on custom and ceremony intimately connected with their natural surroundings, crossing the gap to join the capitalist-oriented white culture would not have been welcome or easy. One American Indian who was inspired early on to bridge that gap was Henry Lambert Ford, who embraced the study of the law in 1878. Karen Campbell Hendricks tells his story on page 36.
Though an integral part of the dominant culture, nineteenth-century women were expected to conform to narrow roles and had no political voice. They were urged to come West for the purpose of establishing a well-ordered and civilized society of homes and families in a rough land of frontiersmen. But what if a woman chose not to marry? Or lost her spouse? Her choices of self-support were few, the likelihood of becoming dependent upon others great. However, if she happened to be equipped with a needle and thread and a vision, she might become an entrepreneur in her own right, as the proprietor of her own millinery shop. Turn to page 24 to read the stories of three such women.
Baseball enjoyed a wonderful boost here on the North Coast thanks to Lou Bonomini. Maria Bonomini Briggs and Jack Nash tell the story of “Mr. Baseball of Humboldt County just in time to boost us into the new season, while Jeremiah Scott, Jr. and Tom Hannah share memories of the the Eureka High School Heavyweight Track Team of 1947.
Ellis “Boy” Stapp grew up in “God’s Country”, in Showers Pass. He then passed through the crucible of World War II, surviving to return to the mountains to start life anew. Rowetta Stapp Miller shares his story.

Readers, may you enjoy this springtime issue of the Humboldt Historian, as the new season flowers forth.
— From the Editor


Volume 65, No. 1

Camp Grant, General Grant, and General Order 100
 Jerry Rohde
Some currents of conscience arise amid an ongoing genocide.

Eureka High School Heavyweight Track Team, 1947
Jeremiah Scott, Jr.
The author follows these athletes from the fields of their youthful prowess into their later lives.

By Women, For Women: Millinery in Humboldt
Suzanne Forsyth
Hats were not only an essential part of a woman's attire, they were a ticket to independence for their makers.

Lou Bonomini: Mr. Baseball of Humboldt County
Maria Bonomini Briggs and Jack Nash
Celebrating the founder of the Humboldt Crabs, one the greatest baseball programs in the country.

Henry Lambert Ford
Karen Campbell Hendricks
In 1887, Henry Lambert Ford became one of the first Native Americans to practice the law.

From Mountains to Military: From Showers Pass to Saipan
Rowetta Stapp Miller
Ellis "Boy" Stapp made only one sojourn far from his home.