Humboldt County Historical Society

Humboldt Historian

Summer 2010

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Volume 58, No. 2

8 - THE REMARKABLE SAGA OF THE COO - PERS OF COOPERS MILLS, HYDESVILLE - by 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.

18 - THE FIRST TUGBOAT ON HUMBOLDT BAY - by 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.

23 - SCOTIA BAND CELEBRATES 75TH ANNIVERSARY - by Gil Cline

Professor Cline salutes Humboldt’s longest enduring band.

26 - HUMBOLDT BASEBALL - by Jack Nash

Doings on the diamond from the Blue Stockings to the Crabs.

30 - HISTORIC PRESERVATION AT THE BARNUM HOUSE

Repairing a fragile century-old leaded glass bay
window is a risk Bill Hole and team were pre- pared to take.

32 ADVENTURES IN SALYER WITH UNCLE CHARLIE MARSHALL - by Linda DeLong

Join the author on a trip to Salyer with the Salyer family. Refreshments will be served!

38 RIDING THE RAILS WITH CLIO THE HOBO — THE PRESENCE OF THE PAST — by Jerry Rohde

It’s not every day you get to ride the rails with the muse of history.


Among the many immigrants who made long ocean voyages to reach the North Coast in the 1850s, the Cooper family stands out as an inspirational example of the adventurous, independent, and progressive-spirited people who came to America to be a part of the great experiment in democracy. And among those many sea voyagers, perhaps only the multi-talented Cooper family built and sailed their own ship to get here. In addition to their abilities and knowledge, they brought with them their beliefs in tolerance and justice. Sadly, great losses awaited them. The remarkable story of the Cooper family, told by Professor Rusty Bittermann of New Brunswick, begins on page 8.

We are also pleased to present in this issue an excerpt from Marvin Shepherd’s forthcoming biography of a well-known early figure on Humboldt Bay, and a key to its success as a port of commerce, Captain H. H. Buhne, on page 18. Finally, because it has been said that no summer is complete without baseball, outdoor band concerts, big family gatherings, and at least one railroad excursion, be on the lookout for all these delights in this issue, as we celebrate Humboldt baseball with Jack Nash, salute Scotia Band’s 75th anniversary with Gil Cline, feast with the Salyer family courtesy of Linda DeLong, and tramp the rails of the Northwestern Pacific with our guides Jerry Rohde and a certain Hellenic hobo.
— From the Editor