Humboldt County Historical Society

Humboldt Historian

Summer 2010: Volume 58, No. 2

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The Remarkable Saga of the Coo-Pers of Coopers Mills, Hydesville
Rusty Bittermann
Three generations of the Cooper family built a ship and set sail to California in 1949 to start a new life. Their inspired preparations and plans could not prevent the losses that awaited them.

The First Tugboat on Humboldt Bay
Marvin Shepherd
A pilot tug was a ship’s best hope for making it across Humboldt Bar, and Captain Buhne was the bar’s best pilot. An excerpt from a new biography of H. H. Buhne.

Scotia Band: Celebrating 75 Years
Gil Cline
Professor Cline salutes Humboldt’s longest enduring band.

Humboldt Baseball
Jack Nash
Doings on the diamond from the Blue Stockings to the Crabs.

Historical Preservation at the Barnum House
Suzanne Forsythe
Repairing a fragile century-old leaded glass bay
window is a risk Bill Hole and team were prepared to take.

Adventures in Salyer with Uncle Charlie Marshall
Linda DeLong
Join the author on a trip to Salyer with the Salyer family. Refreshments will be served!

The Presence of Past: Riding the Rails with Clio the Hobo
Jerry Rohde
It’s not every day you get to ride the rails with the muse of history.

The painting of the popular tug Mary Ann appears on the cover courtesy of ZoAnn Redmond Kinsey, a descendant of Captain H. H. Buhne. See the accompanying story, “The First Tugboat on Humboldt Bay,” by Buhne biographer Marvin Shepherd, on page 18 of this issue. The painting has always been in the Buhne family, and was passed down to ZoAnn Redmond Kinsey from her grandmother, Dorothy Buhne Redmond, who was Captain Buhne’s granddaughter, and the daughter of H. H. Buhne. Jr. ZoAnn writes, “My grandmother said many times that her father told her Captain Buhne was proud of his boats, and the Mary Ann was a favorite.”Buhne commissioned the painting of the Mary Ann from Joseph Lee (1827-1880) sometime between 1864 and 1880, and it hung in his E Street home in Eureka. The painting measures 35 inches wide by 19 inches tall. The artist, Joseph Lee, came to San Francisco from his native England, and was known for the meticulous attention to detail he gave to his marine paintings. In Artists in California, 1786-1940, Edan Hughes writes, “Ship captains often commissioned him to do ship portraits, and it was laughingly said that you could rig a ship with one of his paintings.”
— On The Cover