Humboldt County Historical Society

Humboldt Historian

Summer 2017

I hope that everyone has been enjoying the story of Anna Elizabeth Larson’s life, told by her daughter Vivian, as much as I have. It ends in this issue with Part IV, “Life on Fickle Hill.”
Four best friends from the Fortuna High class of ‘47 decided to join the “peacetime draft” after World War II. Three of these Humboldt County heroes lived to tell their stories, presented here on page 22.
Meet the Todd family of Arcata, whose letters and photos came by accident into the hands of Patsy Givins, who has kept them safe for decades, and now shares them with us, as bright windows into the past.
Squire Morrison’s life had all the elements of a legend, with a hero who miraculously survives a massacre and slave labor by the age of four. Jolene Hassenfritz, a descendent of Squire’s adoptive father, Silas Morrison, tells his story.
Father Gino, too, survived an imperiled childhood, in a World War I concentration camp in Austria. He then grew up in Ferndale, and dedicated his life to service, as told here by James Pegolotti.
Finally, meet Delmar L. Thornbury, who certainly attempted to live large. And while he didn’t succeed at doing so here in Humboldt, you could say he made up for it later, for he wrote a whole book in praise of the region. Bob Libershal is his escort into this summertime issue of the Humboldt Historian.
— From the Editor

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Volume 65, No. 2

Anna Elizabeth Larson, Part IV: Life on Fickle Hill
Vivian Ziegler
Depression-era guests, a logging camp, a carbide light plant, a two-man, two-horse house move, and other adventures.

Four Boys from the Class of 1947
Garth, Ray, and Dale, USMC
Following World War Two, four young men answer the call to a peacetime draft.

Letters from the Todd House
Patsy Givins
What might a found cache of letters add to our understanding of history?

The Extraordinary Life of Squire Morrison
Jolene Hassenfritz
A small child miraculously survives a massacre in the back country, falls into slavery, and is rescued by two good Samaritans.

Father Gino, Pastor of the Mountains
James Pegolotti
Dynamically embracing the call to service over the decades.

Once a Humboldter, Always a Humboldter
Bob Libershal
Tracing the peregrinations of a house and its inhabitants, one of whom became a Humboldt booster-years after he moved away.